19 simple ways to keep your children safe from injury

As the spring and summer months approach, the warmer weather provides more opportunity for children to enjoy the outdoors — and unfortunately, more opportunity for injury. Children have a free spirit and often do not recognize the consequences that accompany risk during playtime. While we want to “let kids be kids,” as they say, safety … Continue reading 19 simple ways to keep your children safe from injury

My daughter’s journey with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes

Our world changed on June 2, 2015, at 9:28 p.m. when Charlotte Grace Keilty was born six weeks early in Weiden, Germany. Within a couple hours of Charlotte’s arrival, the doctors informed us that they believed Charlotte had Down Syndrome. Although the official test took a week, she exhibited all of the physical traits, including a space between her big and … Continue reading My daughter’s journey with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes

Acing the NICU: How I’m giving preemies like me a fighting chance

I was born as a premature baby 10 weeks early and weighing just 2 lbs. My identical twin had passed away at 26 weeks due to complications. I, too, had complications and the odds were certainly stacked against me. I was born with two holes in my heart, hypothyroidism and chronic lung disease. The nurses … Continue reading Acing the NICU: How I’m giving preemies like me a fighting chance

How hand sanitizer stops the spread of school germs

“To gel, or not to gel?”  With the recent surge in promotion of hand sanitizer for school-age children, that is the question that many parents face. Hand sanitizer is even included on some back-to-school supply lists, leaving many parents to wonder how effective this strategy really is. The real question is, will using hand sanitizer … Continue reading How hand sanitizer stops the spread of school germs

Parents, beware: How diet culture is harming our kids

As the health and wellness industry grows, more products, apps, supplements and diets continue to emerge for adults. But recently, these dieting tools have taken on a newer niche market — children. While some of these nutrition devices and digital innovations can help empower a balanced lifestyle (something I’m all in favor of, as a … Continue reading Parents, beware: How diet culture is harming our kids

Recognizing mental health problems in children and teens

For many children, the thought of going to school brings excitement. But for some, it brings fears, worries and anxiety. Mental health is the foundation of life, especially for growing children who experience incredible growth and development in their child and teen years. But children are often unable to fully understand or express their feelings. … Continue reading Recognizing mental health problems in children and teens