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.

To The Overwhelmed... I know you are overwhelmed right now. Simple tasks are pushed aside and your anxiety seems to fill the room. Laundry piles up and to-do lists grow longer. You wonder how you let it get this bad and if it will ever feel like you aren’t drowning. I know it takes everything for you to get out of bed some days. To face another day after another sleepless night. A simple shower seems daunting. You feel so broken and unrepairable. Dear Overwhelmed, I see you and I’m here to walk beside you. You are not alone. I’ve been there. Waves of depression and the heaviness of keeping the mask up in public. Avoiding responsibilities, walking around in a zombie-like stage of...
My Job Was Killing Me Some days I would rather walk on hot lava than go to work. Have you been there? Have you ever worked in a job that seems like you will never get anything right? How many times have you literally felt like your job was killing you? I loved my career, but my job was literally robbing me of my life and taking me from my family. That’s right, a place that will fill my position before the coroner ever reports my death to the state was killing me. Even before I set my alarm every night, my heart would race just thinking about the next workday. Then, I would snooze more times than I could count, and...
It’s Mom’s Night Out! It’s always important to take a minute to recharge. If you’re like me I know you’ll miss your little cuddle buddies. But Mom’s Night Out is about you. Call your friends, choose your outfits, and get ready to have fun! What are some ideas for fun? -Go dancing!!! Be free!! Have fun dancing somewhere you can let loose and enjoy yourself. It doesn’t even have to be somewhere where you’re familiar with the music, as long as you feel comfortable, have fun. -Sing Karaoke!! Live your best dreams as Beyoncé, Madonna, or Dolly Parton. Go out and sing your heart out. Sing your cares away. You may or may not want that recorded. -Make candles!! Have a candle making night!...
Four Healthy Poolside Drinks To Help You Cool Off This Summer Summer is here and who doesn't love a good poolside drink. Here are four healthy poolside drinks to help you cool off this summer!  Protein Piña Colada A typical piña colada is loaded with sugar due to the cream of coconut and pineapple juice. This recipe minimizes the sugar by reducing the amount of cream of coconut. It also replaces the canned pineapple juice with fresh, frozen pineapple. Fun fact, fresh pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which may provide health benefits such as relief from muscle soreness and injury after exercise. Although some studies have yielded mixed results, so more research is needed to know if it is effective. Ingredients White rum (1.5...
Disclaimer: While the writer does hold a perinatal mental health certification and is a licensed therapist, this is informational and is not to be taken as medical advice. As always, talk to your health care provider. I’ve heard it more times than I can count, “I don’t have postpartum.” The reasons are varied: Maybe she thinks it's not that bad, or depression and anxiety are not something that is discussed in her family or her culture. Maybe there is a fear that she will be labeled, or that it's just hormones or that she's the only one who feels this way.  It seems we (women/society) have been conditioned to think pregnancy and mothering should always be sunshine and flowers and pure...

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