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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 :: 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...
I’m grateful to say that I received generous support from friends, families, medical providers, and strangers as I battled and overcame breast cancer last year. But, along the way, one unpleasant moment sticks in my mind: being the recipient of unsolicited medical advice. Let me preface this by saying that while I received the standard medical treatment for breast cancer (chemo, radiation, and a mastectomy) I am very open to the idea of alternative medicine and saw a functional medicine practitioner, in addition to my other doctors, during my treatment and continue to as my body fully heals. I have some hippy tendencies and do things like avoiding fragrances and buying organic. I even took therapeutic marijuana (drops, not...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge and written by Dr. Desiree Dawson.  Heart Attack Symptoms in Women Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. After experiencing heart attack symptoms, women tend to wait longer than men to get seen at a hospital because they don't know they're experiencing heart-related symptoms. Commonly overlooked signs of heart problems in women can include: Tingling in the arm Shoulder pain Nausea Vomiting Neck, jaw, and throat pain Pain radiating from the upper abdomen Radiating pain in the back It is important to note that women can still experience classic heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness in the legs and arms....
Our house has needed some happiness these past few weeks and we have found it in the Netflix Original Series Queer Eye. We have watched all of the prior seasons as well but Season 6 in Austin, Texas has taught our family some lessons that are now close to our hearts. I love that we can watch this show as a family and we all laugh and I will be honest, I normally get a little teary-eyed. Here are five lessons The Fab Five taught our family: Black can make a room look bigger.  Bobby Berk taught us that a black wall in a small space makes the space BIGGER. We have lived our lives thinking that black walls make a space...
Did you know every year the last day of February is Rare Disease Day? This day is chosen because it is the rarest day of the year! The mission of this day is to raise awareness and generate change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease, their families, and their care takers. Organizations and individuals worldwide take up this cause in the hopes of making progress towards finding better treatments and answers for those traveling the long and tough road of rare disease. I also choose to take up this cause for myself, my family, and a small non-profit, Garage 10, created to offer support and financial assistance to individuals with a rare disease. Why do...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Kinetic Physical Therapy.  Motherhood & Incontinence : What You Need to Know!  Society deems incontinence as a normal part of motherhood. However, this is a misconception. Leaking urine is abnormal and warrants attention. Urinary incontinence is defined as any amount of unintentional loss of urine. The most common type of incontinence, especially during the perinatal period, is stress incontinence. This is the unintentional loss of urine with a physically stressful episode. A “stressful episode” is an increase in pressure in the body that can be caused by a laugh, cough, sneeze, jump, or strain. About 30-40% of women experience stress incontinence postpartum. Women who deliver via Cesarean section can also experience incontinence symptoms. Leakage is a common...

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