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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.

Breast Cancer, from the child of a survivor I was in 6th grade when my mother was first diagnosed. I remember her being in bed a lot but not much else. She had a surgery and then radiation and was back at work and things were back to normal. Then, 11 years later, I was a recent college graduate living at home again, and my mom called me downstairs to tell me she was diagnosed a second time. This time, I knew very much what was going on, and she told me she had a plan. I don't really remember much else after that, but I just remember being upset over the news as anyone who had just found out their...
Who loves the Fall Season and loves easy crockpot recipes even more?! ME! I'd say every mom out there too. Of course some may be asking, what is in the heck is keto? Basically, it is a low carb and high (healthy) fat diet to help your body produce ketones to burn fat rather than using sugars/carbs for energy. Google will give you a much more scientific and better definition than the hoopla I provided. My husband has had great success in losing weight by following this low carb plan. He is a total meat eater and could survive on ground meat alone with a painful amount of hot sauce. I, on the other hand, looooove me some carbs. I...
One of the most stressful things about preparing to add a child to a family is figuring out parental leave. And unfortunately for us, the US lags behind when it comes to leave policies that support families. Here are some facts about parental leave from Healthline: The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not mandate paid family leave on a federal level. Only 60% of US women qualify for FMLA which mandates 12 weeks of UNPAID job protection for parents after the birth of a child. Only 13% of parents have access to any form of paid family leave. 25% of American women return to work within 2 weeks of giving birth. Suicide is the second...
Recently James Corden went on his show and addressed fat shaming. It hit really close to home. Here, take a gander at his monologue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax1U04c4gaw There is not a time in my life I can remember not being conditioned to be ashamed of any excess weight or pooch or thighs or myself. Many times, I truly believe that it was never with ill-intention. We are taught not only to be ashamed of our own body, but to also make sure no one else has our insecurities by shaming them into being better than us. If you're lost by the previous statement, it's because our convoluted thought that if we point out our own and others' fat, the fat will somehow disappear...

My Discovery of Alopecia

I want to share with you how I learned about alopecia, but first a few facts I've learned on this journey: Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. There are varying degrees of hair loss from small patches (Alopecia Areata) to total hair loss all over the body (Alopecia Universalis). People of all ages, sexes, and ethnic backgrounds can be diagnosed with alopecia. Currently, there is no cure for Alopecia. It was Monday, June 25th We had just celebrated my oldest daughter’s 3rd birthday over the weekend. I was taking her braids down, getting her ready for hair wash day, when I felt the first patch of missing hair. My heart sank. My fingers froze. I got that sick...

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