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Health + Wellness

health + wellness in Baton RougeAsk any Baton Rouge mom what she wants for her children, and health + wellness will be one of her first responses. Whether it’s the mental health of her teenagers, how much screen time to allow her toddlers or struggling with breastfeeding, moms simply want the best outcome for their children’s overall health.

Red Stick Mom provides local families with the latest resources, perspectives and expert advice about the important choices affecting the health + wellness of your Baton Rouge family.

Parents already have a lot of decisions to make! Finding consistent and reliable resources for raising a family in Baton Rouge shouldn’t be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the family’s health + wellness. There are so many issues to consider for kids these days, from children’s mental well-being to food dyes and whether those matter to vaccines and when to get them. And that’s not even taking mom and dad’s health into account!

Enduring a long NICU stay? We’ve been there. Looking for a great urgent care for children in Baton Rouge? Red Stick Mom has suggestions. We’ve talked about taking mental health days for kids, how to battle pesky molluscum, and arthritis in children. These are just a few of the health + wellness questions we’ve addressed on Red Stick Mom over the nine years we’ve served the community.

We’ve covered many different aspects of health + wellness over the years, from a scary breast cancer diagnosis to the benefit of chiropractic care during pregnancy to miscarriages and pregnancy loss. Whether we’re discussing birth or adolescence, Red Stick Mom strives to provide relevant health + wellness content for Baton Rouge families in a timely fashion. Best of all, every resource on Red Stick Mom is free to readers.

With the help of more than 25 Baton Rouge moms, Red Stick Mom makes it easy to locate important and accurate health + wellness information for busy families.

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Resilient Chiropractic. Dr. Amanda Engels and Dr. Debrah O’Hara at Resilient Chiropractic have made it their life’s mission to create happier, healthier children. We are excited for them to share more about why you should consider a chiropractor for your child. 6 Reasons You Should Take Your Child to a Chiropractor Typically, when people think about chiropractic their mind automatically jumps to neck pain and back pain. This is totally understandable because chiropractic care TREMENDOUSLY helps with these issues. What people do not know, YET, is that chiropractic care addresses the system that controls all other systems, and that is the central nervous system. Let’s get a little science-y here for a moment! The...
There are so many emotions tied with breastfeeding: joy, exhaustion, accomplishment, and even sadness. I love the bond it gave to me and each of my sons, starting my journey was a steep mountain to climb, and I miss every second of every bit of it. Thanks for hearing about my journey, I hope you can be encouraged. The dream Seven years ago I was pregnant with our first son. The most I knew about pregnancy was from my mother's stories. She had four unmedicated childbirths and I believed that was the typical experience for women. Once I became a teenager I watched Hollywood movies and was then fearful of what childbirth could be. It was then that I decided I...
I remember the whirlwind of thoughts and feelings I had while being pregnant: “Wow, my body is changing rapidly before my eyes. My skin, hair and nails look amazing! I feel sick. Everyone is being so nice to me. I feel sleepy and dizzy. I love my darling husband. I wonder if we’ll have a boy or a girl. I’m hungry. Please don’t touch me.” The day our son was born, a switch flipped. I was no longer the young lady with random thoughts before. I was a mother. And I felt a heavy burden of motherhood with very different thoughts and feelings that swept over me: “Will my baby feel loved enough? Will he love us? What if I...
My favorite lesson to do with my four-year-olds was on the book “How Full is Your Bucket? ... for Kids.” The concept is that every person has a bucket. At any given moment our bucket could be full, running out, or empty. The book shows ways in which we empty and fill each other’s buckets. The takeaway for the class was that in a kind and loving community we spend time filling each other’s buckets with love and kindness and in return our bucket becomes full also. This book really tries to teach children empathy. To treat others how they want to be treated. To look out for others and also yourself. When becoming a mother I remember other mothers constantly telling me “you...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Resilient Chiropractic. Dr. Amanda Engels and Dr. Debrah O’Hara at Resilient Chiropractic have made it their life’s mission to create happier, healthier people. How Depth of STRESS Affects Your Body and a Drug Free Approach To Handling Stress, something we are all too familiar with. There are few times in our lives that are not plagued by stress whether it's at home, school, or work. However, in today’s evolving world we have seen stress levels skyrocket. We are turning to medication more and more for ourselves and our children to be able to combat the stress we are facing and the effects of it. So, how can we manage stress in our daily...
Pregnancy comes with many changes, challenges and complications. In the postpartum, we’re usually so focused on caring for the baby that mom often gets overlooked, except, it seems, when it comes to weight and physical appearance. When mom loses weight quickly there are often comments and compliments, but what about the mom that keeps the baby belly? What about diastasis recti? What is Diastasis Recti (DR) Diastasis recti, is basically, a separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy and can cause these muscles to stick out in the postpartum. I’m not a physical therapist, but I am a mom who was diagnosed with DR and worked with a therapist to treat it. Here is what I learned.  I was referred to a...
It seems like I was JUST “100% that cheer mom.” You know the one with the big bag, big bows, decorated cowbells, and signs yelling “that’s my cheer star.” Yes, we were hitting highways and catching flights to competitions. And then one day it happened ... my kiddo said “Mom, it’s not fun for me anymore.” And just like that, we retired the tucks and pyramids for bars, beams, and vaults. BUT ... is she ready to compete? We did two years of competitive cheer and my little one loves the stage. She is literally that kid that has an alter ego when she hits the stage. My usually shy kid instantly transforms into a performer. But is she ready...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Urgent Care for Children. We are excited to have them in the Baton Rouge area and to tell you more about them!  Ten Unique Ways Urgent Care for Children Serves Baton Rouge Families Urgent Care for Children (UC4C) was founded in 2017 by a group of Birmingham physicians - pediatricians, neonatologists, orthopedists, surgeons - who sought to provide quality care with less waiting when families often need it most. Since then, we have expanded our footprint and services to best serve our communities, most recently to Baton Rouge. Here are ten ways that we are uniquely fulfilling our mission to families every day 1. We see patients ages zero to 21. Pediatrics is our passion. We...
Sometimes, it feels good to let it all out. To process, to free yourself of all the worries and thoughts that grate your nerves. It’s normal, it’s healthy, but depending on who your audience is- your deepest, most inner point of view, may land differently. Therapy is different than going to lunch with your friend. I say this with utmost confidence, as I have been working as a therapist for over the last ten years. And I have friends. Amazing, salt-of-the-earth people who are the most fun to share my latest gripes and mom victories. Nothing is more fun than venting to a tried-and-true BFF who gets it and will do me the favor of keeping it between us… and...

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