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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Does this baby deserve to be exposed to the measles?

*For confidentiality purposes, the identity of the children described in this post was changed. However, their mother hopes that this post brings awareness about measles and prevents others from experiencing what her family is going through right now. Allow me to introduce you to my dear friend’s baby. This is Jack. Jack is the happiest [...]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Does Your Child Have ‘the Flu’? Understanding Influenza vs. the Common Cold

Flu season is here! And oh boy, has it truly arrived. The sounds of coughing and hacking and the smell of Lysol has been inescapable at my office the past several weeks. In my part of Arizona, we have seen 218% more influenza this season compared to last season. Yikes! That means that influenza cases [...]

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Viral Confessions of a Nurse Practitioner

I have been sick for 3 weeks. Yes, 3 very long, crummy weeks. The only positive is I bought myself a new pair of fleecy pajamas that have become my daily go-to and the Christmas slippers I thought wouldn’t get enough use are officially broken in and the best gift ever (thanks, Mom). I actually [...]

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy 2015 from Kid Nurse!

Happy 2015 from me, Dani here at Kid Nurse! As we start this beautiful new year, I just wanted to take a minute to reflect on how thankful I am for the Kid Nurse community that has formed since just July of last year and how thankful I am that you have been a part [...]

Thursday, December 4, 2014

HALO SleepSacks: Putting the Safety Into Sleep

Not a day goes by when I miss the opportunity to talk to parents about their baby's sleep. Why? Because safe sleep is critically important. About 4,000 infants die suddenly every year in the United States, and some of those deaths are from Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). In fact, accidental suffocation is [...]

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

6 Fun Activities that Teach Thankfulness this Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday is nearly upon us! I survived a sea of grocery shoppers tonight so now I can be excited about the upcoming family, friends, food, and the beautiful opportunity to stop and focus on giving thanks! The cool fall breeze is in the air, the food is ready to be prepared with the [...]

Thursday, November 13, 2014

US News & World Report: 4th Best Job in America

This week is National Nurse Practitioner Week! In celebration of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to this amazing field of work, I want to take this opportunity to better explain what nurse practitioners are and why we have such amazing jobs. (Hint: It looks like US News & World Report agrees [...]

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Only Thing More Important Than Voting Today Is Bringing Your Child With You

As I sit at home this morning browsing through campaign material, proposition information and candidate profiles, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I live in a country where my voice can be heard. Where my opinion matters and I am a part of the process. Where I have a say when it comes to changing [...]

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Violence, Horror, & the Paranormal: Is Your Child Ready?

People who know me very well know that I love to decorate. It’s one of my favorite hobbies and I love decorating my house for different holidays. The only thing that makes decorating better is if you can find wonderful deals. My husband wondered why I came home from Hobby Lobby last year with a [...]

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mom Question: Whooping Cough Vaccine During Pregnancy – Is it Really Necessary?

I received this wonderful question from a mom the other day, so I wanted to share it with you! I am currently 33 weeks pregnant with my third child. My other kids are 4 and almost 3. My 4 year old goes to preschool 3 times a week in the mornings. My OB/GYN office highly [...]