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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.

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...
Midway through last year, my mental health took a serious nosedive. I’d previously struggled with severe anxiety and depression following some big life changes that left me reeling, but fortunately, I’d found fantastic mental health professionals who were able to get me back to being a (mostly) functional human being, wife, mama, teacher, and friend. It turns out that it’s okay if your serotonin is store-bought. But sometimes that serotonin in a bottle isn’t a foolproof genie, solving all your problems. Sometimes you have to rub a multitude of magic lamps before you find one that works for you with the least amount of side effects. After three and a half years on the medicine that very literally saved my...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge and written by Dr. Lori Cook. Promoting a healthy body image in children is so important and we are excited to bring you these tips!  Three Tips to Promote Healthy Body Image in Children No matter where we look, we are bombarded with images of what we are told is a “perfect body.” Magazines, television shows and movies are filled with women with flawless skin, the perfect measurements and accentuated body features. Men appear with chiseled jaw lines, six-pack abs and muscles in all the right places. What they do not show are the cosmetics and photo editing that went into getting that look. Studies show that these images are affecting our...
We live in an imperfect world. I used to live life somewhat unbothered by the tragedies of the world. It was easier to disconnect from that stream of sadness. Maybe it is because I have more time to kill by closely following headlines, or maybe I am just officially that old, but the nature of the news does haunt me these days. The 2020s have been hard, and in the context of raising babies and toddlers in a happy bubble, it has been challenging to navigate the opposite natures of those worlds. As a parent, your list of responsibilities is exponentially longer. At this point, I have some confidence in my ability to persevere through some tough times. There is...
Louisiana cookin’ in my house is a staple. Almost every night we are cooking something with carbs, whether it be rice, pastas or potatoes. The house smells like roux most days. The problem is? Mama has been eating healthy nine years now. Yes, I have cheat meals, but I try not to. How do I do it and still eat what everyone else is eating at the dinner table? I try not to cook something separately than what everyone else is eating because who has time for that?! My favorite products/hacks are below: Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice - I have to start with this one first! Yep, I still eat my gumbo and jambalaya. I either eat this with a...
I grew up wanting to do everything. Play every sport, join every club, chair every event, volunteer for everything, etc. This mindset of I can do everything literally started at age 7 when I left dance class and went to my flag football practice right after. Still, to this day, I am the yes girl. I’ll lend a hand, start that committee, and attend this event. I cannot seem to drop the mindset of needing to do it all. Becoming a mom only seemed to intensify this desire. We live in a world where moms seem to do it all. From cooking to cleaning to chauffeuring to breadwinning. Women do it all. But I can tell you when you...
Dior is the only one coming out of this trial happy; neither Johnny Depp nor Amber Heard will come out in one piece, and the court of public opinion is at an all-time low. As a law student who aspires to change the way abuse, family court, and general civil matters surrounding the family unit are conducted and perceived, the public’s synthetization of the Depp v. Heard trial is, at best, disheartening. It’s important to back up and understand why this trial is taking place in order to clearly see how far off public opinion regarding it is placed. Like anything that happens in court, this is not an issue as to who is right or wrong, it’s an issue of...
When our daughter was just two years old, we noticed her starting to limp. At first, we thought maybe she had fallen and hurt herself, but when we looked closer, we noticed her toe, ankles, and knees were swollen. After looking at her, our doctor sent us to an orthopedic specialist for more testing and several more rounds of x-rays. During those few months, Makaylah basically stopped walking. When she woke up in the morning, she could not stand or walk. After several months with the Orthopedic Specialist, we were referred to a Pediatric Rheumatologist who immediately diagnosed Makaylah with Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. During this time, we were concerned and overwhelmed. We just wanted Makaylah to feel better. I...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge and written by Lauren Papania, MOT, LOTR, CIMI. Recognizing the Importance of Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapists often are not recognized for the wonderful work that they do helping so many live a more independent life. Some people confuse the differences between occupational therapists and physical therapists. Physical therapists work with patients to help restore movement without pain, while occupational therapists work with a variety of patients to help regain skills they may have lost due to injury or illness. Their patients may include children with birth defects or autism, those with mental health and behavioral challenges, those with traumatic injuries to their brain or spinal cord, and patients with broken bones and...

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