Tag Archives: Health

Fighting The Flu: Why It’s Worth The Battle

Social distancing? Check. Rubbing sanitizer on your hands till they feel like they’re going to dry up and fall off? Check. Glovebox full of masks? Check. While it looks like you’ve got your bases mostly covered in the fight against COVID-19, unfortunately, wintertime also means the return of everyone’s other favorite virus – influenza. Since…

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Why Can’t Babies Have Honey? Plus Answers to 10 Common Questions

Here’s the situation. Honey is delicious. It’s natural and seems like it would be very baby-friendly, however, honey can also carry some dangerous passengers. The issue with honey and babies: Infantile Botulism Tiny Clostridium botulinum spores can occur naturally in honey, and release a toxin that immature digestive systems aren’t old enough to tackle. Symptoms of…

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Umbilical Cord Care: No, Don’t Pull It Off

Even though it seems complicated, umbilical cord care is fairly simple and easy to do. As a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Co-Founder of Nurture by NAPS, I get a ton of questions about babies. One of the things we often glaze over while reading up on newborns is umbilical…

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Pubis Diastasis – A Real Pain in the Crotch

From about six months pregnant on, I was having this consistent pain in my lower left abdomen. “Ligament stretching,” they said. OK, I thought, that makes sense. After all the obsessive googling I was doing, out of natural paranoia, I was in agreeance even though the pain was only getting worse. Little did I know that this pain…

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Is Your Doctor Evidence-Based? Questions to Ask When Choosing a Care Provider

Choosing a care provider is one of the first decisions you make after getting your positive test. One simple way to help narrow down your search is to prepare yourself with some questions ahead of time that go well beyond, “are they in my network?” and “how close are they to a decent burrito joint?”…

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Beverage Guidelines for Babies and Kids

Once you become a parent, encountering conflicting advice is about as common (and maddening) as the ol’ 2am double dump. Even within the few short years between when your infant becomes a toddler, recommendations on everything from car seats to sleeping arrangements can change on a dime. One big source of conflicting information has been…

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Is Bakuchiol a Pregnancy-Safe Alternative to Retinol?

I can appreciate the despair so many pregnant women feel when they have to say goodbye to retinol. In case you aren’t familiar, retinol is a form of vitamin A that is touted by many as a skin cream miracle ingredient but most experts suggest staying away from it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The good…

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Postpartum Bleeding and Blood Clots (Fun or what?!)

466 Shares In pregnancy, a bleeding and blood clot discussion may not be high on your list of topics to enjoy with morning coffee. We can guarantee, however, you will be glad you had this information after your baby arrives! After nine blessed months of freedom from worry about ‘Aunt Flo’s’ arrival, suddenly questions about…

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