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Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past 25 years, with the last nine years being at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has given me a deep understanding of how parents can prepare if their child is admitted to the NICU. I have cared for many babies at the... Read More
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Your child received their acceptance letters for college and has most likely decided on where they want to attend, so you think the major worry is over. Yet, there are so many discussions that need to be had. For example, who will their roommate be, scheduling the orientation... Read More
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There we were, four families gathered for one of our nightly dinner parties during our annual stay at a mountain cabin when we heard a THUMP and the tell-tale sound of injury, a child beginning to cry. Until that moment, the children had been running around the big mountain... Read More
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Kasey was born and raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She grew up on a “horse farm,” but always had a strong interest in medicine. Her mother was a nurse, who would bring home unusable tongue depressors and bandages from the hospital. Kasey would create therapies and... Read More
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If your child is waking up in the middle of the night, thrashing around, sleepwalking or mumbling, they may be experiencing a night terror episode. Night terrors are common in children and differ from nightmares, which I talked about in part one of my two-part series, “Bad... Read More
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It’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are not just important for a pretty smile, they are essential for speech, chewing food properly, and laying the foundation for permanent adult teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy is... Read More
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A number of emails from retailers, online “gift guides” and holiday sales and deals at this time of year can be overwhelming. There are so many gift ideas for children. But how do you know if the gift ideas are good for your child? Will it promote being active, spending time... Read More
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Some of my favorite memories of childhood are of picnics in the park, barbeques in the backyard and potlucks at church. I loved the fun and sharing of friendships, families and conversation around delicious food. What I didn’t know is that sometimes, we were also sharing... Read More
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The full version of this story is originally featured in Imagine Magazine, spring 2012 issue (page 20). Five-year-old Justin DeLong had no signs of illness. He was just unusually pale for a couple of weeks prior to his regular annual checkup. But his coloring immediately... Read More
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During the holidays, airports and roads are crowded with travelers hoping to spend time with loved ones and close friends. Traveling during the holidays can be extremely stressful due to long lines, challenging road and weather conditions and delayed flights. In this blog post... Read More
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The choice to take medications or not while you are breastfeeding can be a stressful decision for many moms. This is a major decision and important that you speak with your pediatrician and a lactation consultant. The key questions to consider for taking medication during... Read More
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Note: resources for this blog post came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I remember the joy of hearing the ice-cream truck song, running to get money from my mom and buying delicious candy when I was a child. My... Read More
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The world of nutrition is a confusing place filled with new fad diets, contradicting information, and opinionated individuals who spread the word quickly. But who should you really listen to for nutrition advice? Registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian... Read More
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How many fast food restaurants have you driven through at 6 p.m. on a work night, with a hungry child in the back seat? Many of us have, and as parents we likely feel guilty. Childhood obesity is rapidly on the rise in this country. A recent study published in the Wall Street... Read More
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When I was pregnant with my son, I researched baby gear like baby carriers, infant seats, etc. I was overwhelmed at the large number of options. Do I really need a bouncy seat and a swing? Is a bassinet on the pack and play baby play yard really necessary or useful? I was also... Read More
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A new school year begins in a few weeks, which means your child will likely cross paths with vending machines, enjoy classroom celebrations and treats from school cafeterias. Although I know that it is near impossible to control everything that your children eats, I hope this... Read More
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Winter break is ending for many students, which means back to school. For college students, it means back to dorm living. When students live so close to one another, germs and illness spread easily and quickly. Which lead me to what inspired this blog post—the most recent... Read More
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Robert comes to the RN Remedies Program with a colorful background of experience. He served in the United States Navy; he started his medical career as a respiratory therapist and is now a nurse and family man who logs more than 1,500 miles per year on his bicycle. In fact, he’s... Read More
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When a mom gives birth and starts to breastfeed for the first time, the first questions I am asked are, “What foods are okay to eat?  What should I avoid during breastfeeding?” The answer to these questions is easy…Nothing! I’ll explain in this post. Should I Remove Certain... Read More
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Kyle Wong, age 47, is a health and wellness geek. He can talk for hours about nutritious foods and spends his weekends ziplining, hiking, boogie-boarding and “having as much fun as possible”. Rewind to three years and 114 pounds ago, when Kyle was struggling to keep up with his... Read More

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