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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.

Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. According to Earthday.org, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet. The theme for this year is “Invest in Our Planet”, and what better way to do that than to teach your children to appreciate nature and protect the planet with the following simple Earth Day activities: Soak up some sun with a simple scavenger hunt. Celebrate Earth Day this year by getting outside, enjoying some sunshine, and exploring nature. Use this free printable for an Earth Day scavenger hunt with your children. For older children, simply add a time limit...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge and written by Dr. Jessica Chu.  Do You Need a Shot of Self-Confidence? Let’s face it. Life isn’t always easy. We’re all under some kind of pressure. From school to work to home life, the struggle is real. In fact, sleep deprivation, dehydration, and stress can age us. While we may not want to admit it, our appearance can affect our self-esteem. In this digital age, applying a filter to smooth facial wrinkles, plump lips, or slim our jawlines can be satisfying and makes us feel more confident about ourselves. Studies have shown that getting Botox ® or facial fillers help people who suffer from depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Aging is...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by The Baton Rouge Clinic. Every Mom's Guide to Molluscum Molluscum is a very common rash seen in children. It is caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum, and even though the name sounds scary, the rash is not dangerous. The molluscum rash looks like flesh-colored domes on the skin and often times has a dimple in the middle of the lesion. It is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact, which means the rash can occur almost anywhere on the body, but is most commonly seen on the trunk and around the knees and elbows. Molluscum does not hurt, but can be a little itchy, so it is not uncommon for kids to scratch at the...
I’m a law school student, and I’ve been spending a great deal of time around family law. This is a place where everyone has to give the person they are leaving a mental health diagnosis in order to justify pursuing a divorce. It seems like everyone has a narcissistic ex, even though only about 6% of our country’s population has been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder. This isn’t just an issue in family law. People weaponize mental health terms in order to make themselves feel like “the right one,” the “good guy,” etc. Basically, we’ve all become that guy that says “That b**ch is crazy” about all of his exes, we’ve just found fancier words for it. Which made me realize how...
Why We Have Sex (Almost) Everyday Late last year, as New Year’s Eve was approaching, I read a post about a mom who committed to 30 consecutive days of sex with her husband. Whoa. Seriously?! 30 days? In a row?! But as I thought about it, I realized that our sex life could definitely use a boost. I know I am not alone, and I've been reading about different ways to give your sex life an overhaul. (Spoiler alert :: read that link!) Between work, helping an elementary school kid with homework and chasing around a 3-year-old, our sex life had become almost non-existent. Sure, we did the deed every couple of weeks, but I was really only doing it out...
Disclosure :: if you want to knock your socks off (trust us, you do), the book linked below and recommended in this piece is an affiliate link.  This Book Will Save Your Sex Life And I’m not even joking. Not even a little bit. Please, if you are a cisgender woman (and even if you aren’t), do yourself a tremendous favor and READ. THIS. BOOK. I’ll wait. What book?!? Oh, right. Sorry! THIS BOOK: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. was, at least for me, revolutionary. Now, let me preface this by saying that my and my husband’s sex life doesn’t need saving. We maintain an open and honest dialogue and while we may have dips occasionally, it is quite healthy, thank you very much. But, when...
Death is rough! No one is ever prepared and it isn’t easy to deal with or talk about. We lost a significant part of our family this past summer, and as an adult, the feelings that have come with that have been painful and hard to articulate, so for my young children, it must be overwhelming. I have learned that it is important to discuss what happened and to talk about it. I am in no way an expert, but here are some things that are helping me as I walk with my children through this painful process. Being Open Right Away. Telling my children shortly after it happened provided them with an explanation for the red eyes and constant tears. Allowing...
As an adult who struggles with daily anxiety, I learned how to navigate mental illness and mental happiness by trial by fire. I do not remember ever having conversations with my parents about my mental health, we absolutely came from the "pull yourself up from the bootstraps" circle of Louisiana. I tried to pull myself up by my bootstraps but when that failed (horribly, I might add), I ended up in a conversation with my General Practitioner about ways to cope with anxiety. Years later, I am determined that my kids will have a healthier relationship with themselves and their mental health. As a parent, I find myself constantly overanalyzing parenting decisions. Suddenly I am responsible for the livelihood and...
Y’all-I saw someone on a Facebook post that they put paper hearts on their kid's door every day in February. You write on the heart a reason you love them. I know, I know one more thing to do. It’s like the Valentine’s version Elf on a Shelf. Just hear me out! I have four kids and a husband. Each one gets a heart on their bedroom door. I just started this on February 1st for the very first time. This week in particular has been tough. The meltdowns, the pent-up energy, the screaming, the hitting, and the listening ears not working. I’ve stayed overstimulated! I sat down last night and had to truly rack my brain to find...

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