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.

I’m not sad. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. My life feels complete, so why does my chest hurt? It hurts so bad, as though an elephant is sitting on it and I’m gasping for air. It’s kind of like that feeling you get when you spend a few too many seconds underwater. I’m not drowning. In fact, I feel as though I have everything under control. I’m so in control that I’m white knuckling my way through each day. I’m bending anyone who comes into my path to my will, and quickly becoming miffed with those who don’t meet my standard. That’s how postpartum anxiety manifests itself in my life. Control. The funny thing about control is the...
I wasn't the first in my group of friends to have a baby. I was the second. I had someone to go just before me on that narrow road, clearing all of the branches and making a wider trail, footsteps just deep enough for me to see the way forward. But our feet aren't the same size. My little girl arrived a year and two days after my friend's baby. For me, this situation was prime for comparison and I went to town. I compared EVERYTHING. Pregnancy, birth, feeding, baby, sleep ... and here's a shocker: I didn't measure up. My friend went into labor.  I was induced. My friend had a vaginal birth. They cut me open. My friend breastfed immediately. Like a champ. For over...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake. Cultivating Competent and Confident Children Our children learn and develop healthy life scoping skills when they’re given enough freedom to fail sometimes. But helicopter parenting, the tendency to hover and become over-involved in a child’s life, is common among parents today. Well-meaning parents try to protect their child from consequences or failure, but may end up hindering development of their child’s competence and confidence. We, as parents, need to learn when involving ourselves is a good or a bad thing. Sometimes we have to suppress that innate urge to fix  everything. Think of it as allowing your children to become the best version of themselves at each stage development: children, teens then young...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SI-BONE.  Low Back Pain After Pregnancy? Check Your SI Joint. Patients and doctors alike often overlook a fairly common source of lower back pain, especially in women who have had a baby: the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint for short. You may be all too familiar with persistent lower back pain and you may feel it is somehow related to your pregnancy. You may have even read about pelvic girdle pain, also called postpartum pelvic girdle pain or PPGP. It’s a major health issue among women who have given birth. The fact is, about 25% of women experience lower back pain after their pregnancy. A real frustration for many mothers. What’s more startling? Nearly 5% of all pregnant...
I recently took the Enneagram test as part of a company-wide retreat. I sat across the table from a facilitator as they threw question after question at me. “How do you handle failure?” “Do you walk into a room and know where all of the exits are?” “Do you make lists?” After 45 minutes of yes, no, and maybe so, I was labeled as Enneagram Type 3: The Achiever. At first I sat tall as the facilitator read of some of the common qualities. Adaptable. Excelling. Driven. Yes, yes, yes! But then they read a Enneagram Three’s qualities at their worst. Image-conscious. Success oriented. Workaholic. Competitive. It made me stop in my tracks and ask, am I at my worst or my best for...

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