I find that I spend a good deal of time striving for organization in my life.  I could not keep the schedule I keep without organization.  You see I work two jobs: as a clinician Doctor of Nursing Practice & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, seeing patients three days each week and as an adjunct Assistant Professor with a local university. I am also a parent of two and a wife, a sister and a friend.  Try to squeeze in exercise and an occasional movie and that’s all the time we have.  Yet, I try to find more….time to write a monthly magazine column (TidewaterFamily.com), time to make a TV appearance (https://www.wtkr.com/coast-live), and time to write my third book (Raising Today’s Toddler).  I’ve had some success at this. I completed my masters and doctoral degrees while raising 2 kids and being the wife of a Navy spouse (who was often deployed). I have published a book: Raising Today’s Baby and it’s update:  Raising Today’s Baby, 2nd edition, available on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Todays-Baby-complete-parenting/), and having survived generally up to this point (barely).  Don’t get me wrong.  I still MUST sleep.  I still get sick.  I still am HUMAN. I still have bad days.  I still fall short. I just believe that with a LITTLE more organization, you spend LESS time looking for lost keys and more time getting your GOALS accomplished. So this month I wrote my Tidewater family article on organization tips (https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/plan-to-be-organized).  I wish for you a more organized year and less lost keys. 

Many parents ask me, “Could my child have ADHD?”.  In order to answer that question, we need to consider the different types of ADHD.  There are 3 main types of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  

  1. Inattentive: These are our daydreamers.  They miss the assignment because they are looking out the window, lost in their own world. Often these children are not diagnosed, as they aren’t a “problem” in class.
  2. Hyperactive: These are our energizer bunnies.  They can’t sit still.  It’s hard to learn if you are unable to focus and pay attention.
  3. Combined: They are a little bit busy and a little bit inattentive.

Could your child have ADHD?  Read this month’s article: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/about-adhd


Asthma is a scary word.  It conjures images of kids coughing and wheezing while struggling to breathe.  Asthma can be scary, but it can also be managed if diagnosed and treated appropriately.  I have lived this life, having a child with asthma.  In fact, I decided to return to school BECAUSE of my child with asthma.  It seemed to me that no one could give me the answers I needed to PREVENT her flares. I remember waking to that dreaded nighttime cough (a signal of an asthma flare) and thinking….here we go again. Over time, we learned her triggers (cold air, weather changes, viral illness like colds, exposure to smoke/fumes from fire) and got the preventative medication we needed by working with a wonderful Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. If you, like me, want to learn MORE about asthma and HELP protect the ones you love, read my article in this months Tidewater Family Magazine:  https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/kids-and-asthma    Share this with family and friends so that we can help others live healthier lives. I thank you for your support in my mission to help parents raise healthy, happy children! 

Thanks to all the fine folks at Coast Live for inviting me to be a guest earlier this week.  I enjoyed educating the public about influenza (the flu).  Lots of folks think that the flu is a stomach bug, but in fact, it is a serious respiratory disorder characterized by fever, chills, body aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat and cough. The flu can derail any plans landing you in bed for a solid week. 

Best to protect yourself from the flu with a flushot.  I got mine last week and it wasn’t bad at all.  You may notice some soreness at the site of the injection and a bit of fatigue, but it won’t last long. It’s a myth that the flushot can give you the flu: it’s a dead virus. It can’t.

The CDC recommends that we all get our flu shots before the end of October. Make it more tolerable for your kids by pairing it with a fun activity such as getting your pumpkin or choosing a Halloween costume. Happy fall y’all!

Watch the segment here: https://wtkr.com/2019/10/22/fighting-and-preventing-the-flu-this-season-on-coast-live/

Have you ever been startled out of sleep by a screaming child?  Nothing makes your blood run cold like hearing a blood-curdling scream in the middle of the night.  You jump from bed and run into your child’s room to see them sitting up, eyes open, mouth wide….screaming.  You ask, “What’s wrong?” but you get no reply.  It’s as if they haven’t heard you.  What is happening here?  It’s a night terror.  Read more: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/nightmares-and-night-terrors

Chances are you’ve never heard of Container Baby Syndrome.  That’s because in years past, we didn’t see it.  Container Baby Syndrome occurs when a baby is placed in a container (like a carseat) for an extended period of time.  The container may be a car seat, a stroller, a swing, a bouncer,etc.  This prolonged immobilization can cause developmental delays.  The baby may not sit up well, may be late to crawl or walk. Babies need time to wiggle and move.  They need supervised tummy time while awake and on a flat surface (where they cannot fall).  They need to be held and played with.

Babies need to sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  They do need to restrained while in a car: in a car seat, rear-facing and in the back seat until they outgrow the specifics for their car seat. 

Limit how much time your baby spends in any containers.  Use car seats ONLY for car rides.  Read more at:  https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/container-baby-syndrome

Thanks so much to the kind folks at the Coast Live for having me on the show to discuss such an important topic. The CDC notes that over 1,000 cases of measles in 28 states have been diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and these numbers continue to climb. These are likely as a result of international travel.  If you are planning to travel internationally, the CDC recommends one MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for 6 to 12 month old infants and two MMR vaccines (separated by at least 28 days) for those over 12 months.  The MMR is routinely given at 12 months of age with a booster dose between the ages of 4 to 5 years.  
Measles is a real problem in our world. Ten children each hour die as a result of a measles. It costs less than $2 to protect a child. Want more information on vaccine preventable disease in children? Shot@life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Get more info by texting VACCINES to 738674.  Consider donating to support their efforts.
I’ll be writing more on this topic for the July issue of the Tidewater Family Magazine (available soon). 
Need more info on the U. S. measles outbreak? Check out today’s Coast Live:

Hey guys!  I hope you will tune in on Tuesday June 25, 2019 to Channel 3 at 10am.  I’m a guest on the Coast Live to discuss the current outbreak of measles in the U.S.  See you then!