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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.

Let’s be honest, we all love the south for its warm temperatures. We don’t love freezing cold weather– we much prefer the days when the sun shines endlessly, and it's warm enough to eat sno-balls in our flip-flops. And, now, spring is starting to peek through, and we are ready! Unfortunately for some of us, the welcome sight of sun shine and blooming flowers means the dreaded allergy season is upon us - the time of year for itchy eyes, runny noses and eighteen sneezes in a row as you approach that blooming ligustrum. As adults, we have it covered. Head to the pharmacy and grab something over the counter or begin taking the allergy medicine your primary care...
I've never been "normal" (hi, have you met me?), but I think I'm kind of beginning to border on the "crazy" mom side (ok, most of my friends probably think I'm already there...) But the other day as I looked around at my life I kind of just had to laugh and say, "How the heck did I end up here!" So at the risk of outing myself as the super crazy mom, I'm sharing an example today that may scare you off... I don't brush my teeth.  Ok, before you stop reading 100% altogether (let's be serious no one's going to stop reading because everyone loves when another mom admits things that make her look terrible. Duh.) let me explain! I didn't...
Dear 3 month postpartum self, I know you saw the pictures of Scarlett Johansson's tiny little bod at her movie premiere like two months after giving birth. I know it made you want to curl up in a ball and never put clothes on or go out in public again. It sucks, because being a new mom in our media obsessed world is hard enough; there are a million and one things you can compare to and nit-pick and worry about. And then these celebs (and other real life moms around you) basically walk out of the hospital looking like they never carried a child around in their abdomen for 9 months. And there's nothing wrong with that. More power to...
February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, one in three women die of heart disease or stroke. Education and lifestyle changes can prevent 80 percent of cardiac events. These were just statistics to me until I had my own heart scare two years ago. Around 2008, my husband and I decided it was time to stop living and eating like grad students so we made a commitment to start eating healthier and exercising. Even though I’ve always been a healthy weight, I was never physically fit. We both started running and really began to enjoy it. We trained for 5ks, 10ks, and eventually a half marathon together. After having our first child, running became my special...
On January 29, we had 40 moms come together to participate in an educational evening held at the locally-owned Alexander’s Highland Market. It was a great night to meet other, local moms, chat about meal-planning, eat and drink, enter some incredible giveaways, and take home an awesome SWAG bag! Here's a closer look at this great night.  We were so happy to have Courtney Brock, the director of the Metabolic Kitchen at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and her team of Dieticians ready to lead our moms on an informative tour that focused on making healthy choices and gathering ingredients for a delicious Quinoa Lentil Chili. Courtney began the tour in the produce section of the store where Hanley’s Foods...

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