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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Best Books For Babies And Toddlers

There is something you can do with your kids every day that will affect them for their whole lives: read together. Even reading with your kids for only 15 minutes a day makes a difference. Today I wanted to talk about some of the best books for babies and toddlers. I know it can be hard [...]

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Most Dangerous Pool Toy You Own

It’s summertime, so everyone, everywhere is swimming. If you are a parent, water safety is likely on the forefront of your mind. After all, drowning is the top preventable cause of death for children. According to the CDC, about 800 children are still dying annually from drowning. That number doesn’t even come close to the [...]

Friday, June 30, 2017

Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)

You know there is an issue when medical providers are learning medical terms from social media, and not the other way around. That’s exactly what happened to me (and many of my colleagues) with dry drowning. A few summers ago, I read about dry drowning for the first time on Facebook. Since then, this misrepresented [...]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To The Mom At Her Wit’s End With Picky Eaters

KidNurse Community Question: “I’m looking for advice on picky eaters. My children are three and four years old and refuse to try new things. They have a total of about 4 food items they will eat and turn up their noses at everything else. At what point should I tell them they have no choice [...]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Children’s Benadryl Dosage Chart

Benadryl (also known by it’s generic name: diphenhydramine) is a common allergy medication used in children. Benadryl is an antihistamine and it treats symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and hives. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about the usage of Benadryl and the correct children's Benadryl dosage. Children's Benadryl [...]

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The History Of Vaccines: 5 Little-Known Facts

When I began to understand the history of infectious diseases and the millions they killed over centuries, I was able to truly understand how miraculous the invention of inoculations and then vaccines truly were. This helped me change my hesitant mindset about vaccines. Understanding history is important, so today we are going to dig into five little-known [...]

Monday, May 22, 2017

End Playdate Meltdowns With These Magic Words

Playdate meltdowns are never fun. When I was a little girl, I idolized my older cousins. I still remember what it felt like to go over to their house for playdates, holidays, and special occasions. Jumping endlessly on their trampoline. A massive array of new toys to play with. Learning what “big girls” do. I [...]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Does My Baby Need Vitamin D?

Ensuring your baby has an adequate amount of Vitamin D is very important. Your baby will need Vitamin D to work alongside calcium and phosphorus to strengthen his or her bones. This vitamin is crucial for the healthy development of your child’s skeletal system. Vitamin D has also been found to help the immune system fight [...]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Should I Teach My Baby to Eat Finger Food?

A mom in our KidNurse Community had a great question about how to teach a baby to eat finger food. It’s a question many of my patients’ parents have asked over the years, so I want to share my answer here along with a few tips to help all of you whose babies are getting [...]

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Truth About Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Homeschoolers

Update: Since this blog post was published, the Journal of Translational Science (Open Access Text) has retracted the study. My mom sent me an article with a very intriguing headline: "The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing…and parents should be worried.” Yikes. I immediately knew if what they [...]