Nasal spray flu vaccination has been a popular choice among parents wanting painless flu protection for their kids. But earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said FluMist has not effectively protected kids or adults against flu for years and shouldn’t be used this flu season — the American Academy of Pediatrics … Continue reading Nasal flu vaccine is not effective this year, CDC confirms
The Fourth of July is a time for barbecues and celebration, but it’s also a time to be extra vigilant about health and safety. The weeks surrounding our nation’s birthday represent one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms across the country – for example, last year an average of 260 people … Continue reading The 5 most common Fourth of July injuries
If ever you’ve forgotten your cell phone, you may forget your child in the back seat. Our minds are powerful. We can prioritize things of importance, multitask remarkably well and process thousands of daily tasks. But for some, a simple act of forgetting can turn deadly. An otherwise normal day can turn tragic, and the … Continue reading Protecting kids from heatstroke and heat exhaustion
I feel very fortunate to have grown up with parents who modeled a life of service and generosity. Seeing my parents volunteer and give back to others with their lives so naturally and so continuously made an impression on me. So when my husband and I got married, we decided to make a mission for … Continue reading Fostering a spirit of volunteerism
For small infants it may seem as though they are constantly sleeping. As you look at your child resting so peacefully, the thought that tragedy could strike in such a moment would seem unimaginable. Each year in the United States, there are about 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID). These deaths occur among infants less … Continue reading Preventing fatal car seat mistakes
When it comes to their children, mothers have an uncanny ability of knowing when something is not right. Kande Hein, a mother of three from Harker Heights, TX, had to rely on that ability when her 5-week-old baby girl, Scarlett, became ill. “You just have to know your kids, and you have to be diligent to know … Continue reading After infant with RSV is hospitalized, family shares story
Some children can’t get enough of the loud sounds and flashing lights that come with seeing a blockbuster action movie at the theater. But there is a subset of children who are very sensitive to loud noises and a lot of stimuli. Whether these children have specific diagnoses like autism, Asperger’s, or a sensory processing … Continue reading How to prepare your sensory sensitive child for action-packed movies
Many parents struggle with what to tell their children about mass tragedies like the recent horrific attacks on Paris. These events can be difficult for adults to process, let alone children and teens with less life experience to draw on. Today is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, an opportunity to recognize the impact that death and … Continue reading How should you talk to your kids about the Paris attacks?
You’ve heard the elderly woman in the grocery store tell you, “Enjoy raising that baby; it goes by so fast.” Yes, as the mother of three children I can already see how fast it is going. It was just yesterday I brought home my newborn daughter, trying to survive with three girls age 3 and … Continue reading 7 expert sleep tips for tired moms
Have you ever noticed your child’s backpack might be too heavy? As textbooks are piled on for the new school year, it may appear he or she is carrying around a stack of bricks. If you notice your child struggling to put on the backpack or if they are hunched over, it may be causing them back pain. … Continue reading Is your child’s backpack too heavy?