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  • Mom talking to professional lice remover with daughter watching

    The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    Combing for lice to prevent lice infestations is like brushing your teeth to prevent cavities… You’re a parent of a school-aged child.  You’ve gotten the lice notices; you’ve told your little one not to share brushes or hats at school.  You may have even purchased a preventative spray or specialty shampoo to help ward off […] Read full story

  • Three girls with hair tied back to help prevent the spread of lice.

    Allowing Lousy Children in Schools: What’s behind the removal of the “No-Nit” policies in local school districts?

    Public school districts all over the country are changing their stance on lice in schools.  Where before they had followed a “No Nit” policy that sent a child home if he or she had nits in the hair, but no live lice, now they are allowing children withnits to be in the classroom.  Parents are […] Read full story

  • Family of mom and four daughters in a park

    Lice and Resistance: The Rise of the “Super-Louse” and Beyond

    Most parents ask me why there are so many outbreaks of lice in the community now versus when they were kids. Few parents remember having lice themselves, never mind having the sweeping epidemics that have plagued classrooms across the country in recent years. The Dreaded “Super-Louse” Media sources have touted the rise of the “Super-Louse” […] Read full story

  • A beautiful field of lavendar

    Essential Oils

      What are essential oils? Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds from plants.  A wide variety of different essential oils are available, and may be produced from seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots or peels of some fruits.  Essential oils are more than just scents though – they can provide many therapeutic benefits. What kinds […] Read full story

  • Two young children asleep in car seats.

    Extend It! Breastfeeding and Rear-facing Car Seats

      Both of these are commonly seen as 1 year milestones. Or are they?! Extended Breastfeeding By now, most people are familiar with the recommendation to breastfeed if possible, and that exclusive breastfeeding is preferred for 6 months.  Many people are also familiar with breastfeeding with introduction of complementary foods until 12 months.  But what […] Read full story

  • Smiling baby sitting in a highchair eating an avocado

    Starting Solids Without White Rice Cereal?

      I’m sure most of you are familiar with Dr. Greene’s White Out Campaign.  Rice cereal is commonly given to infants as their first food.  Unfortunately this is still suggested by many well meaning individuals, even though there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that rice cereal should never been consumed and particularly should not […] Read full story

  • Newborn laying under a blanket on mother's stomach.

    Birth Plan Considerations

      Preparing for baby can be so exciting.  Take some time during your pregnancy to plan for your labor and delivery.  It’s helpful to remember that everything may not go exactly “as planned,” but it’s important to have a clear idea of your priorities and preferences well before the big day.  Below are some options […] Read full story

  • Girl washing her hands at a kitchen sink.

    Back to School: Natural Solutions for Staying Well

      Summer is over!  Kids are back in school…which means everyone is going to get sick.  Right?!  It doesn’t have to be – remember that not everyone that is exposed to an illness will become sick. Here are some great tips to give your family the best chance for staying healthy this year. Hand Washing Most […] Read full story

  • Table covered in sugar, with the word SUGAR drawn in the white powder

    Where Is Sugar Hiding in Your Kids’ Food?

    Soda and candy are packed full of sugar — we know this. But what everyday foods are also sugar culprits? Do you really know how much sugar is hiding in the foods your kids eat? There are more than 50 names for sugar and you can spot many of them on the labels of soup, […] Read full story

  • Graphic of popcorn, cola, popsicles, candy, potato chips, cookies with a red X over them

    7 Foods That Don’t Belong in Your Child’s Lunch Box

    They’re quick and convenient — gold for busy parents. And they’re salty, sweet or a tempting orange cheesy color — so tempting for kids. Lunch box snacks make their way into many school kids’ lunches every day, and yet these processed foods are not good for growing bodies. Food manufacturers aren’t making it an easier, […] Read full story