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Thursday, February 8, 2018

10 Myths Every Feeding Tube Family Wants You to Know

Do you know a child who has a feeding tube? Lovingly known as "tubies" by feeding tube families, it’s actually quite common to encounter a child with a feeding tube. In fact, there are over 500,000 people in the U.S. with feeding tubes, and approximately 20% of them are children. In honor of Feeding Tube [...]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What Parents Need to Learn from the Larry Nassar Case

One of the big safety tips parents and educators tell their children is that no one should look at or touch your private parts unless a medical provider needs to examine you during a checkup. Most of us have learned this since we were very little. This is a great lesson, but what is a [...]

Thursday, January 18, 2018

8 Facts Every Parent Should Know About The Flu This Year

It’s that time of year again, dreaded flu season. Hospitals, urgent cares, and primary care offices are full of sick patients, every nurse I know has chapped hands from washing a million times a day, and I think we all know some unfortunate family member or friend who has come down with it. Even I’ll [...]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Treating Your Child’s Coughing Without Medicine

Winter is in full swing, and with the cold temperatures, I see many families being hit by respiratory illnesses. The viruses circulating this time of year tend to bring an onslaught of symptoms including runny noses, high fevers, and sore throats. But a more concerning symptom, which often develops and can be tough to get [...]

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best KidNurse Posts of 2017

As we approach the end of the year, and reflect on the big moments, it’s fun to look back at all of the blog posts I’ve published here on KidNurse this past year. 2017 had some truly wonderful highlights. These are some of my favorites! 1. TEDx Talk | Why I Changed My Mind On [...]

Friday, December 15, 2017

Educational Toys For Kids | Gift Guide From A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kids love toys. It’s true. I love educational toys, because playtime can absolutely be learning time, especially if you provide the right tools. I’ve put together a gift guide that will help you find the perfect toys to spark imagination and a love of learning in your child. Educational Toys For Kids I don’t have [...]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Children’s Advil Dosage Chart

Advil (also known by its generic name ibuprofen or the brand name Motrin) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Advil can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and minor [...]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Children’s Tylenol Dosage Chart

Tylenol (also known by its generic name acetaminophen) is a common, over the counter medicine used in children. It is an analgesic used as both a pain reliever and fever reducer. Tylenol can be used to treat conditions like fevers, headaches, muscle aches, and toothaches. Over the years, parents have asked me many questions about [...]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pediatric Health Innovation And Evidence-Based Medicine

This has been a busy month in the KidNurse world. We’ve seen the KidNurse Community grow to over 800 members. I fielded a few interviews with media outlets about pediatric health innovation and evidence-based medicine. And we had a great response to the call for cards to deliver to home-bound veterans. Pediatric Health Innovation At [...]

Friday, November 17, 2017

KidNurse Movie Review: Wonder

I have been waiting on pins and needles for the release of the new heartwarming film, Wonder. Based on the New York Times best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder tells the story of 10-year old August “Auggie" Pullman, a young man born with severe disabilities. After having endured 27 surgeries, Auggie had extensive craniofacial abnormalities [...]