When traveling with a preschooler it can be difficult to ensure that you have all the things you need. Not only do you have consider all their clothing, dietary, and personal needs, but above all else you have consider their safety. But this can be a real challenge when traveling with a child that still requires a booster or car seat. Anyone who had ever flown with a small child and car seat can attest to the amount of frustration felt when trying to haul a car seat or booster through the … [Read more...] about RideSafer 2: The Safe Alternative to Booster and Car Seats
After a baby is born, the real work begins. I have some vital tips for new dads that everyone needs to know! After my best friend gave birth to her first baby, I braved the 405 to her home in North Hollywood to pay the little one a visit and give her some much-needed adult conversation. She was eager to show off her son's ten perfect fingers and toes, and I let him practice his grasping reflex against my (clean, TDAP-vaccinated) hands. And then she started talking. "I could just throttle … [Read more...] about Postpartum Tips For New Dads Everyone Needs To Know
Guest Blogger: Jenna To the lay person, a nurse's job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients. But the word "care" is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person. On top of all that scientific caring, there's sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that … [Read more...] about Care Beyond Treatment
Guest Blogger: Meghan Ryan, MS CCC-SLP “My son only eats things that are white.” “Oh she won’t eat that! She really only likes things that are crunchy.” Do any of these sound familiar to you? Or... have you ever taken your kids to a restaurant with an arsenal of “safe” foods in tow? Children are known for their reluctance to try new foods and experiment with the unknown. The term “picky eater” is a common complaint among parents in my private practice. Many times it is a case of a child … [Read more...] about When Picky Eating Becomes a Problem
There has been a recent rise in Indian surrogacy. Many celebrity parents decide to use surrogates for various fertility and personal reasons. For example, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have children born of a surrogate along with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. What is Indian Surrogacy? Indian surrogacy is the act of having a woman in India carry a baby that is not her own in exchange for healthcare, room, and board, and usually some small payment for her time and inconvenience. … [Read more...] about Indian Surrogacy: Is it OK to Outsource Pregnancy?
Guest Blogger: Brianna Kelly According to the National Sleep Foundation, children between three and five years of age should be sleeping between eleven and thirteen hours per night. However, about 52 percent of American children resist bedtime at that age. Part of the problem may rest with parents who are either tense about bedtime or have not set a recognizable and soothing bedtime routine. Young children need a routine that is predictable so they can associate certain times and activities … [Read more...] about A Scientific Look at Why Children Hate Bedtime
Recently we made a trip to the Rocky Branch Railroad and Ghost Town. We had family come to town and didn’t want to be the old bumps on the logs we normally are. Since my husband and I had been talking about taking Ty to a nearby old west ghost, we figured this would be a great time. It was also a great thing to take Pappy and our niece and nephew to. The price of admission was very reasonable compared to many of the other attractions we attended during the week (including Zoo Atlanta, The … [Read more...] about Unforgettable Family Fun at Rocky Branch Railroad and Old West Ghost Town
With cigarettes and other tobacco products accounting for 443,000 deaths annually, you would think that parents would be more proactive to prevent their children and teens from smoking. But sadly many are not. An estimated 19.5% of high school students report current use of cigarettes. If you combine that with the 8.9% of high school students who you smokeless tobacco that means that 28.4% of high school students are consuming tobacco products. The following infographic gives a few frightening … [Read more...] about Disturbing Teen Tobacco Statistics [Infographic]
As I was preparing my speech for the MEDITECH conference, I realized it was Mother’s Day. Unfortunately I will not be able to celebrate this Mother’s Day with my mother. But I can celebrate the many gifts she blessed me with. I can celebrate how incredibly proud she would be is of me. I miss her. Had I known when I was younger that she would die so young I would have been much more aware of how precious the time was with her. But isn’t hindsight always 20/20? My mother taught me many … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned From My Mother
I do not think there will ever be any a real robot nurse. That's not to say that robots won't enhance nursing care, but a human will always have to be a part of the discussion. I read a story on Girl Meets Geek about Brick Walls. It's based on a post from on wolfhirschhorn.org: THE REAL STORY ABOUT WOLF-HIRSCHHORN SYNDROME. You should read the post. It’s powerful. In summation, there is a little girl who needs a kidney transplant. The doctor refuses to do it for "quality of … [Read more...] about Why the Robot Nurse is Pure Fantasy
My toddler has developed a great affection for races cars and the Cars Disney franchise. He always wants to go “driving cars” “vrooom vrooom” and ride in my Volkswagen. (He prefers the VW Bug to the Santa Fe on any family outing.) I’m not sure where this sudden love for cars and racing has developed, since my husband isn’t really a car guy and I can’t remember hyping up cars. Perhaps boys just do naturally gravitate towards cars. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jakks Pacific before, and … [Read more...] about Plug It In & Play Disney Pixar Cars 2 Racing TV Game Review
What is it like to be a woman in technology? I'll give you a hint: it has to do with being called a bossy know-it-all. Being an advocate requires a great amount of perseverance. While the rewards are numerous, and I can honestly say that the benefits outweigh the risks, it can be very challenging to maintain integrity and motivation to continue fighting the good fight. And you know what? It isn't just the women in technology that deal with this. Even male advocates experience this … [Read more...] about What It’s Like to Be One of the Women in Technology: Bossy Know-It-All
Fifty-Six Year-Old to Give 25 Year-Old Her Uterus It's a little much to grasp, and it's applicable in a double sense. It's the 56-year old's womb, in the sense that it's her uterus, and she will be "sharing" it with her daughter. It's the 25-year old's womb in the sense that it was where she was conceived, and she will potentially be sharing it with her child. How very perplexing. Mother ’s love their children deeply and often spend their entire life giving to them. They … [Read more...] about Uterus Transplant: Sharing Your Womb With Your Child?
Summer colds are a total bummer; and so is not having a good remedy for it.Being a nerdy nurse and all, I am often asked to pass along valuable information. Sometimes it's information that is just not very valuable. Other times the information has value, but I can't bring myself to write anything about it worth reading. And honestly the 2 keep coming back here have me over a barrel, and I want to entertain you if at all possible... or at least avoid boring you to tears too terribly … [Read more...] about 5 Summer Cold Remedies For Kids