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Your Guide to Baton Rouge Birthday Parties As moms, we know that hosting birthday parties can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make:: where to host, whom to invite and what sweet treats to include just to name a few. Throw in COVID-19, and the delta variant, and it seems there are even more decisions to be made this year. As such, we’ve put together the third annual Baton Rouge Guide to Birthday Parties. Our goal in creating this guide was to provide Baton Rouge area moms with lots of the amazing birthday party options and resources. We have listed resources for Baton Rouge birthday parties for all personalities and passions. We have also made sure to include COVID-19 friendly...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge General. Can Kids Get “Long COVID” After Coronavirus Infections? The short answer is yes, but researchers are still working to determine the frequency and severity. While children were mostly spared from COVID-19 in the first waves of the pandemic, now more children are being infected with the Delta variant, and researchers are anxious to uncover the potential impact long COVID could have on children under 12 who are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Most people who get COVID-19 recover within a few weeks while others experience long COVID with health problems lasting four or more weeks after first getting infected. The full effects of COVID-19 on the body are still being discovered,...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Health.  7 Mental Health Tips for Parents Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and hurricane season, it’s easy for parents to forget to take care of themselves. However, it is important for parents to prioritize their own mental health. Not only does it make you feel better, but it models positive health behaviors for your children. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your mental health and warning signs to look for in children and other family members. Create a morning routine. Having time to yourself before the craziness of the day begins is a great way to feel grounded, centered and ready to tackle your day. Start your day with activities...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Health.  Flu Shots for Kids: What To Know Children should get the yearly flu shot vaccine along with their parents. The flu vaccine is even more important in 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control states that children younger than 5 years old, especially those younger than 2 years old, are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any age-appropriate flu vaccine. Your child’s health care provider will know which vaccines are right for your child. Your child should get the flu shot as...
Disclosure :: This post was written by Baton Rouge General Medical Center. MIS-C: What Parents Need to Know Prior to the fourth wave, children have largely been spared severe outcomes from COVID-19, allowing parents to breathe a little easier and focus their attentions on older family members. Today, 48 states are reporting cases of children developing a serious COVID-related inflammatory condition called MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome), and Louisiana accounts for 20% of all MIS-C deaths in the United States.   MIS-C is a rare but severe condition that can be present at the time of an initial COVID-19 diagnosis or can develop days to weeks after getting sick with COVID-19. MIS-C causes severe inflammation in the vital organs and tissues, including the heart,...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Health. 6 Reasons Your Child Should Visit an ENT What is a pediatric ENT and why should you take your child to see one? First, ENT is an abbreviation for Ear Nose and Throat. We are also called pediatric otolaryngologists. Like the abbreviation suggests, pediatric ENTs specialize in care for the ear, nose and throat for children. There are a lot of reasons for a child to visit a pediatric ENT, but here are six of the most common reasons that a child may need the attention of an ENT. Snoring can sometimes be a sign that something is wrong. If your child is snoring, they may also have obstructive sleep disordered breathing...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Ochsner Baton Rouge and written by Dr. Ryan Dickerson.  What are the Best Vitamin Supplements for Women? Moms want to do what’s best for their health. When juggling priorities like family, work, friends, and other obligations, it is easy to get so busy that their nutrition suffers. For this reason, many moms turn to vitamin supplements to fill in the gaps. Vitamin supplements come in many forms, including gummy vitamins, capsules and chewable pills. About Vitamin Supplements The supplement industry is a billion-dollar industry, and some claims about vitamin supplements are not supported by legitimate medical evidence. While there may be some positive benefits to taking vitamins, the average woman doesn’t need vitamin supplements. When it comes...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge General.  Is it a Cold or RSV? For most healthy babies and young children, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is pretty much like a cold. But, because it may lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia in those younger than one year old, some children get very sick with RSV. For parents, it’s common to mistake symptoms of RSV for symptoms of a cold, like coughing, sneezing and a fever. So how can you tell if those sniffles are something more than a cold? If your child has RSV, they may experience other symptoms too, including: Wheezing noise when they breathe Refusing to breastfeed or bottle-feed Unusually irritable Lethargic Trouble breathing or pauses in their breathing Signs...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by The East Baton Rouge Parish Library.  The Summer Reading Program is Happening Now at The East Baton Rouge Parish Library The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, is running now through Sunday, August 15! We are continuing our online summer reading program! Our traditional summer reading program, which relied on paper logs, regular visits to the Library, and attendance at Library programs, was impacted last year by the ongoing disruption due to COVID-19, and we’ve pivoted to offer something that works from a distance. Powered by Beanstack, our new program hosting software, there are four Summer Reading Challenges for all ages, as well as tons of online programming family fun...

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