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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.

When I think back to my childhood, some of my best school memories happened during recess. We came up with complex Power Rangers scenarios, played house, practice backbends, and made friendship bracelets from embroidery floss. We had kickball tournaments, swooned over JTT on the cover of Tiger Beat, and gossiped about who we hoped would be our next boyfriend / girlfriend. Recess was our chance to be kids and pretend to be more grown up than we really were. Recess was a monumentally important part of our childhoods. Fast forward to today. Recess time has continued to dwindle so far that some schools in Louisiana have none at all. We've forgotten the important life lessons of the playground and replaced...
A client once told me there are two starts to every year, New Years and Labor Day. The ability to have a do-over in the middle of the year is something I appreciate. I start the year with resolutions, a fresh mind-set, and unwavering energy, but come August, I’m back to just surviving. Labor Day has become my day to reassess my goals, needs, and health, and start fresh. It’s a checkpoint that allows me cast aside guilt for not following through with my New Year resolutions. Recently I sat down and brainstormed ways to refresh different aspects of my life. The list below is a little insight into how I plan on approaching the second half of the year. I hope...
Rude, Mean, or Bullying - And What to Do About It Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. Seeing their child in pain is one of the hardest things a parent can experience. When it is physical pain - a scraped knee or bump on the head - parents can put on a bandage and make it better. But what if your child’s pain is emotional rather than physical? What if another child at school is the source of your child’s pain? What if your child is being repeatedly targeted by a group of children? What if your child is being bullied? At Episcopal, we encourage our students and families to report any bullying or harassment and...
Swimming: It's More than Just a Summer Sport! Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Crawfish Aquatics.  Most children stay busy with many activities. And as parents, you often want them to experience a myriad of activities to see where they can thrive, gather up different skills and stay active and social. No doubt, your children will likely take part in many activities during their younger years, but swimming (lessons and team) is the activity that will give them a LIFE-SAVING SKILL! Although the weather is not exactly cooling off in south Louisiana, talk of Fall sports and back to school activities are the conversational buzz. Many parents view swimming as something to “check off the list” for the Summer months and are...
Disclosure: This post is part our series in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and is sponsored by Woman’s Hospital.  Best Foods for Breastfeeding Many breastfeeding moms worry about the foods they eat, thinking they have to eat a perfect diet in order for their baby to get perfect breast milk. This often leads to unnecessary stress as they try to juggle eating the right foods while tending to a newborn. But it’s important to remember that the body is an amazing machine and will always work to make the perfect food for baby. While food and water intake can affect milk production, the need for a healthy diet is more for mom’s benefit. Eating a balanced diet will help give mom the...

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