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Pediatric Dosage Charts

Is your child's weight-based dose of Benadryl, Tylenol and Advil hard to keep straight? We got you covered! 

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Is Tamiflu Right For Your Child?

I have seen a lot of fear and misinformation circulating these days regarding Tamiflu, so I decided to put some evidenced-based information together for parents to have at their fingertips. The flu, or more accurately, influenza, is a serious illness, and it can be scary to watch your child go through it. Add to this […]

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What Parents Need To Know About The Measles Outbreak

This post was originally published in February 2019 in response to the measles outbreak in Washington state. Since then, the number of measles cases have continued to grow across the United States. I’m tracking all new measles cases and outbreaks and adding updates to the top of this post. Below these updates you will find […]

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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 […]

Are these flu symptoms? Answers to your flu season questions and 8 facts every parent needs to know about influenza this year.

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Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)

I received a lot of great responses after publishing this post about dry drowning symptoms. So many parents are concerned about their children dry drowning, and it’s been great to set some of those fears to rest. I’ve updated the end of this post with more water safety tips and a free printable — my hope […]

Dry drowning prevention is a hot topic right now, but it is not a real medical condition. Find out the truth about dry drowning and real drowning prevention.

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10 Ways To Get Kids To Take Medicine

One of the top struggles of parenting sick children is giving them yucky tasting medications. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I’m no stranger to watching a fresh dose of medication get spit right back up. With sick babies, this situation can be extra difficult, because they do not understand that the medication will actually resolve […]

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Herbal Remedies For Children: What Science Says Works And What Doesn’t

As pediatrician Paul Offit said, “There’s no such thing as conventional or alternative or holistic medicine. There’s only medicine that works and medicine that does not.” Most of us parents today are constantly being fed information and suggestions from our friends and family, healthcare providers, and of course, from the internet. I regularly see articles […]

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Is This Constipation? Common Pediatric Constipation Symptoms And Causes

Constipation. It’s something most children have dealt with at least a few times. No doubt, constipation can be annoying and uncomfortable at any age. This is one of the most common concerns I encounter as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Most of the time I hear “It’s been X days since my child pooped. She must […]

Constipation can be annoying and uncomfortable at any age. Knowing what causes constipation is a great first step in preventing it. Learn about common causes and symptoms of pediatric constipation.

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Medication for Infant Reflux? Why You Should Probably Pass

One of the most common concerns from parents of newborns revolve around the issue of reflux. “My baby has been spitting up – do you think she has reflux?” or “My baby has been fussy this week – do you think it’s because of reflux?” These are questions I hear all the time, both in […]

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What Parents Need To Know About Febrile Seizures

Seizures are very scary for parents, especially when a baby or young child is seizing. While seizures can be serious, not all seizures carry the same risks or complications. The febrile seizure is an important example. Most febrile seizures end without treatment and do not require seizure medication for prevention. What Is A Febrile Seizure? […]

What should you do if your child has a febrile seizure? Learn about simple and complex febrile seizures — the causes, if they are epilepsy, and how to treat and prevent febrile seizures.

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8 Tips To Help Children With Special Needs Have Easier Medical Appointments

When caring for children with special needs in a medical setting, it is imperative to truly understand what those special needs are. This helps us to better meet the child at their level and make medical appointments as minimally traumatic as possible for them. Just because your child has special needs of some kind does […]

8 Tips To Help Children With Special Needs Have Easier Medical Appointments

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