What Local Families Need to Know About Measles

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

By Timothy R. Peters, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, Brenner Children’s Hospital

You've probably already read about the measles outbreaks across the country, most notably in California. This is, of course, disconcerting. Measles is a potentially deadly disease that had previously been eliminated in the United States. The news isn't all bad, though. Measles is preventable—and fortunately, hasn't yet made its way to our region. In case an outbreak does occur locally, however, here's what you need to know: Read More

Overcoming Emotional Scars from Child Abuse

Monday, February 16, 2015

By Anonymous

I can honestly say I have a happy and relatively successful life at this point in my life, so most people that know me would likely never guess or even fathom that I have what most would call a ‘dark’ and ‘tragic’ past. I was a victim of child abuse at a very young age and as in most people in those cases it was someone that should be trusted – a family member.

Most people unlike myself don’t end up so lucky in ‘turning out okay’. To give some prospective on that here’s how those with child abuse in their past play out: Read More

What An Alcoholic Looks Like

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

By Guest Blogger Anonymous

"He just drinks too much and needs to limit himself."

"If you had my problems you’d be drinking too."

"If he would just stop hanging out with that crowd he could get his drinking under control."

"Of course she is not an alcoholic! She works full-time and raises a family."

"He will stop drinking so much once we have kids."
 Read More

Tonsil Talk

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

By Guest Blogger J. "Whit" Mims, MD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Enlarged tonsils are a common childhood health issue. In fact, one of the most common pediatric surgical procedures in the United States is the tonsillectomy (the surgical removal of the tonsils). While most parents have heard of tonsil removal, many are unaware of the factors that can lead to a tonsillectomy.  Read More

Gluten Issues: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

By Guest Blogger Anca Safta, MD, professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital, and director of Brenner Children’s Hospital’s Gluten and Allergic Digestive Disorders program

There’s been a recent explosion of gluten-free products on our grocery shelves, which is great news for children with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, or gluten allergies.  As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I see children who have symptoms that may or may not be related to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. I call celiac disease ‘the great masquerader’ because symptoms are often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, or other diseases. If untreated, celiac disease can lead to severe malnutrition, so it’s important to recognize symptoms that may be related to gluten and to undergo screening to identify the root cause of those symptoms.  Read More

7 Things You Should Know About Children with Diabetes

Monday, December 15, 2014

By Elizabeth Walsh, MD, assistant professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children's Hospital

As a pediatric endocrinologist, I treat many children with diabetes. As part of my practice, I frequently discuss with parents the challenges of having a child with diabetes. Those of us who are close to kids affected by this disease wish people were more aware of a few important points.

1. There are different types of diabetes and different treatments.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in kids. This is different from type 2 diabetes, which is more commonly seen in adults (although some children do develop type 2 diabetes). In addition, there are rare cases of genetic diabetes and steroid-induced diabetes. While type 1 diabetes is always managed with insulin, there are different insulin regimens including multiple daily injections and insulin pumps. Patients with type 2 diabetes can sometimes manage their conditions with insulin therapy, oral medications or diet. Ultimately, each child's treatment plan is individualized to meet his or her particular health needs. It's also important to note that kids and adults with diabetes often have different target blood sugar ranges—so you wouldn't respond to their treatment needs in the same way.  Read More

New Directory: Support Groups

Thursday, December 11, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger and Sloan Wilson

You never know when you will need to rely on a support group. Whether you're facing a new challenge or a stressful life change or are just looking for new contacts - there are a million reasons why support groups can be helpful.

Thankfully there are also a million different types of support groups throughout the Triad. Of course, it would be impossible to list every available support group in our area; instead, for the purpose of today's post, we focused on categories we think might be used, or researched most by parents. You can always find this new Support Group directory on our Directories page, and we will continue to update it and add to it as we can.

Below you will find the list of categories. Simply click a category and you will be directed to a list of support groups found within that category. Or you can scroll down this post to see all the categories and support groups.  If you have any additional groups - or categories - to add or suggest, please email sloan.tmom@gmail.com at any time to have your support group added to our list. Read More

Special Needs series: ADD and ADHD

Saturday, December 06, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

When I was in 4th grade, a child in our class was classified ADD/ADHD. It was a relatively new diagnosis at the time, and seemed to be a very negative thing. “He needs drugs to keep him calm,” said a classmate, which didn’t make this poor child any new friends. However, the class learned to accept his behavior rather than ostracize him for it, despite the fact that there were some subtle differences in his behavior.

We’ve come a long way since then. The American Psychiatric Society has recognized ADHD as a medical disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the official mental health "bible" used by psychologists and psychiatrists. ) Some facts: an estimated 6% of the adult population has ADHD. Girls are just as likely to be affected as boys. More than 70% of people who are diagnosed with ADHD as a child will continue to struggle with it as an adolescent, and nearly 50% will continue to face challenges into adulthood. And while diagnosis is key, only one in 4 affected adults seeks treatment, leading to increased risk of depression and social anxiety disorders in those left untreated. Read More

Chicken Pox: It’s Baaaack!

Monday, November 10, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Just when you thought this pesky virus died off in the 80s along with your Holly Hobbie ovens and Shrinky Dinks…welp, think again. It recently reared its  fleshy, crusty heads in my house this past week, and yes, my kids had been vaccinated!

It all started innocently enough. My 10-year-old daughter, Emily, woke up with a few itchy bumps on her hand. My first thought was “Oh no, it’s mulluscum.” Not that there’s really anything to worry about with mulluscum, but my son had it once and those bumps are not cute. And having not-so-cute bumps all over the body of easily-grossed out tween would not sit well. So I shooed her off to the bus stop and said we’ll take a closer look at the bumps when she got home.

Eight hours later, she got off the bus covered head to toe in itchy bumps and red splotches.  Read More

Just Say No to the Holiday StressFest

Saturday, November 01, 2014

By Guest Blogger Joan Parisi Wilcox

It’s almost a given that as you think of the approaching holidays, you feel a burst of stress. The “to-do” list grows exponentially, the guest list seems to expand by a force all its own, and the sound of the clock ticking is ever-present. Are you stressed just reading this?

Relax! Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Go ahead and make a loud sighing sound. Ahhhhhhh. . .  Everything is going to be okay.

Don’t you feel better already? Read More

It's Flu Season. Is Your Family Prepared?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Abby Haas, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health Pediatrics - Clemmons

It's that time of year again. No, I don't mean fall, Halloween, or the buildup to the holidays. I'm referring to flu season, the period when the flu virus starts rearing its ugly head. The illness usually doesn't peak until January or February, but we still see cases this time of year. We've also found that this is the ideal time to proactively combat the flu. Below are some important things to consider in approaching flu season:

The flu shot is the best protective measure for you and your children. Other habits, such as frequent handwashing and avoiding sick people are important, too, but getting vaccinated is usually the best prevention against the virus. Some parents are hesitant about the flu vaccine. As a mom, I'm empathetic to concerns parents have, so I encourage those who are worried about this or any health care issue to discuss it with their child's pediatrician.  Read More

"Aidan's Year" ~ One Little Boy's Fight Against a Medical Perfect Storm

Saturday, October 18, 2014

By Guest Blogger Joey Maynard, a.k.a “Aidan’s Dad”

Our oldest son Aidan looked to us like he had a rash. There were little red dots on his arms, legs & groin area. No fevers, no sniffles, no throwing up. Nothing. The morning of June 16th was nothing more than a doctor’s appointment for a rash. My wife packs up Aidan and Abigail (our 2 year old daughter), left Sean (Abigail’s twin brother) at home with my mom and is off to the pediatricians’ office. Our pediatrician is a 25 minute drive from our home. We originally lived 5 minutes from the office. We kept them as our children’s doctors because they are outstanding in every way. The importance of having faith in your child’s doctor cannot be understated. And this visit would prove that faith.

The doctor took one look at the rash and stated, “I would like to run some blood work.” Still, there is no fear. I mean, why would you expect anything more? Nothing had changed with Aidan. He was still the active, crazy boy we love…so a blood test was no big deal. Read More

What I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting

Thursday, October 09, 2014

By Guest Blogger Susan Hannan

They say that nothing can prepare you for being a mother. I don’t know who “they” are, but in my case, “they” could not be more right. Upon learning we were about to start a family of our own, my husband and I were beyond ecstatic. So, when I started having back pain at 26 weeks, it never occurred to either of us that something was about to go wrong. Even when the nurses at Duke asked my husband if he would like a tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), he politely declined.

But, at 27 weeks, my daughter, Kaitlyn arrived. Weighing in at only 2 pounds and 12 ounces, our daughter led us on a roller coaster of emotions. The doctors and nurses in the NICU repeatedly told us that “every day in the NICU is a new day. Today may be a good day, but tomorrow may be a bad day.” It was heart-wrenching to leave Kaitlyn in the NICU, and yet, there was no way that I could care for her at home. Nurses literally stood by my daughter 24 hours a day and tickled her toes when she forgot to breath. The incubator regulated her temperature. I could go on and on, but in the end, I will remember that the NICU provided Kaitlyn what my body failed to give her. Read More

Making an Angelina Jolie Decision

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

By Guest Blogger Shannon Ford

I have my Brad Pitt, and I have one child that keeps me busier than I ever knew possible. So yes, this is about the boobs, tatas, breasts. A few years ago, I wrote a heartfelt blog encouraging women to get mammograms – you can read more about it here.

So what happens when you do everything suggested by your doctors and specialists: diagnostic mammograms, 3D mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and your results are inconclusive? You are called to search deep within yourself. Research as much as possible. Trust your gut to make a very personal decision.

I am high risk for breast cancer – believe it or not, it doesn’t matter if I test positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations– my mom and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50. In fact, my sister tested negative. And as if genetic testing isn’t confusing enough, there is now information saying that testing for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations can unfortunately encourage high-risk women to postpone mammograms when they are still very high risk – read more hereRead More

Do You See What I See?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kathleen Thorell

If you are like me, you assume that the vision screening they perform at your children’s pediatrician office and school are all they need, right? When my two oldest children passed these screenings with no problems, I quickly moved on to other things to worry about! Well, I recently learned that these screenings were not sufficient for my 6 year son, Michael.

I will give you some background first. For the past year, Michael has been getting increasing migraines. He would suddenly have terrible head pain, need to lie on the couch, was sensitive to light and sound, and often was nauseous and occasionally threw up. They were always late afternoon and he would go to bed and sleep it off till the following morning. I thought it could be dehydration so I upped his water intake and also made sure he ate regularly. It was hard to tell if that made a difference, but he was only getting them about once a month so I did not fret too much. Everything I had read said that his symptoms were not cause for alarm. Read More

Make Time for What...?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By Guest Blogger Gray Moulton, MA (a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Certified Sex Therapist)

Sally* makes time for girls night, to get her nails done, have a massages or go to the gym. She makes time for her kid's play dates and to volunteer at the church. So why does she seems to struggle so much with making time to have SEX? She says she enjoys it and loves her husband, but somehow she just doesn't seem to feel the urge anymore. She questioned if something's wrong with her? I can't tell you how many times I've had a woman or couple in my office with the same or similar scenario. Do you wonder if something's wrong with you? Read More

Whatcha Think: Vaccinations

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

The topic of whether or not to vaccinate a child – or putting children on our own vaccination schedules – is one that intrigues me. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about the topic to write a fair blog which is why I hope to generate comments and conversation with today’s Whatcha Think column.

I am a total by-the-book kind of mom. If my doctor tells me my child needs X, Y and Z shots on certain dates – all at one time – and again in a couple of years – I’m like, “Sure, sounds good. Whatever you say!” The thought of intervening in a medically established routine scares me. Even though I’ve heard many reports saying vaccination schedules are not a “one fits all” type of requirement – as well as the concerns about certain shots causing certain negative outcomes – I have always gone along with what my doctor tells me because, frankly, I don’t trust myself to make these kinds of decisions.

That’s why I’d love for you to weigh in. Please leave a comment and let us know which side of the debate you stand on and why. To get the conversation started, I have Pros and Cons and questions below. Read More

Top Lyme Disease Myths

Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Guest Blogger Katherine R. Schafer MD, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Most people are aware that ticks can carry diseases, but beyond that, they're often uncertain about what those diseases are and how to spot them. Lyme disease, in particular, carries with it a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.  Read More

Does Your Child Have An Eating Disorder?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Guest Blogger Allison Chapple, MS/EdS, LPC, NCC

The topic of eating disorders was once thought of as a “teenage girl” issue. As time goes on, elementary school-aged girls and boys are struggling with anorexia and bulimia at an alarming rate. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) reports that 42% of first through third graders want to be thinner and 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of becoming fat. With those startling statistics, what warning signs of a potentially developing eating disorder should parents be looking for in their children? Read More

First Comes Childbirth, Then Comes ... Infertility?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

By Guest Blogger Erika B. Johnston-MacAnanny, MD, FACOG, Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Many couples struggle to conceive from the get-go, but not you. You got pregnant naturally—perhaps even quickly. And now that you have a beautiful child, you would like to add another little one to the family. Except this time, things don't seem to be going as smoothly. You've been trying for a while to get pregnant again, and it's just not happening.

If this is the situation you're facing, you probably have secondary infertility.You're not alone; many women experience secondary infertility. In fact, around 20 to 30 percent of the patients I see in my practice come to me with this problem. Read More

Hearing Screenings 101

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

By Meagan P. Lewis, AuD, clinical manager of audiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health

If you have a child under the age of 5, you're probably pretty familiar with hearing screenings. However, most parents still have questions. Here are some of the most frequent questions I get – along with my answers:

When should my child get screened?
Since the year 2000, all babies are screened in the hospital shortly after they're born. Depending on the results of the newborn screening, your baby may require a follow-up screening. Hearing screenings are required again before your child enters kindergarten.

If my baby's screening was normal, why would he or she need further screenings?
Hearing loss can have a number of causes, including environmental factors, certain medication reactions or unknown (idiopathic) causes. Because of this, a child may develop hearing loss over time.  Read More

Conquering the Worry

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By Guest Blogger Regina Alexander, LCSW

We all think of childhood as a carefree time, where the child’s only job is to be curious and learn new things. As parents we may wish we could go back to a time when we did not have to worry about bills and schedules and juggling different aspects of life. It may be easy for us to say to our children, “What do you have to worry about? Just go play and be a kid!” But for some children, life is not as idyllic and carefree as adults think, and that’s not just children who live in difficult situations or have suffered trauma or loss.

Some children begin to experience anxiety early in life. Many things can cause it – they may see something on TV and be convinced it may happen to them, or hear older children talking about topics they cannot yet comprehend. Some children worry excessively that they will not be the best at school or sports or dance, while others worry that although they have plenty of friends they might lose them some day. Gifted children often experience existential anxiety, due to the lack of concrete answers to the questions their brains think up. Some children just seem to get stuck on a negative thought and be unable to let it go.  Read More

5 Ways You Can Help Your Allergic Child Enjoy Spring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

By Paul F. Meyer, MD, primary care physician at Wake Forest Baptist Health Family -Medicine Lewisville

With mild weather and beautiful scenery, spring is one of the loveliest times of the year. Yet for people who suffer from allergies, it can also be one of the most miserable seasons. Spring can be especially difficult for allergic children because it drives them indoors during a time of year when they most want to go outside and play.

Fortunately, children don't have to become shut-ins to make it through spring. There are a number of ways you can help them manage their seasonal allergies so they can enjoy all the fun this season has to offer: Read More

Not Your Mother’s Birth Control

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

By Guest Blogger Stephanie Pierce, MD, with Wake Forest Baptist Health

Today, women have more contraceptive options than ever. But having such a wide range of choices can lead to confusion over which method is best. To help you better navigate the contraceptive landscape, I've provided below the pros and cons of different types of hormonal birth control.

(Note: There are also non-hormonal contraceptives available, but hormonal options are the most varied and commonly used.)
 Read More

New Urgent Care, Summer Camp and an American Girl Giveaway!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Lots of fun stuff to share with you today! Keep reading to learn more about:

~ A new, convenient Novant urgent care center in Clemmons
~ Summer camps at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
~ American Girl Fashion Shows
~ Our latest giveaway: A $200 American Girl Fashion Show Package
~ The winner from the Jenna Domingo Photography giveaway Read More

Living with Food Allergies: A Child's Point-of-View

Saturday, March 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

For the majority of us, we don't think much about food allergies until it comes time to take snacks into school, have a new friend of your child's spend the night, or plan a birthday party. But for the Fielders family, food allergies are something that are interwoven into every activity of every day.

Parents of children with food allergies often feel like they are fighting an uphill battle when they try to explain to others that this isn't just a case of a child being picky or maybe needing to adjust their food once in a while. It is often a life or death situation that we all need to take very very seriously.

Last year, mom Suzy Fielders guest blogged for us and told us this story about her daughter Sarah and the results of an allergic reaction. Sarah was only four years old at the time and the instance was extremely scary for both she and her mom.  Read More

Why I Believe a Pediatric ED Is the Best Place to Take Your Child for Emergency Medical Treatment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By Guest Blogger LeAnne Kennedy, PharmD at Wake Forest Baptist Health

As the mom of two active boys (ages 7 and 17), I'm not exactly a stranger to emergency departments. We've had enough incidents to know that a long wait in an ED can amplify the anxiety related to an injury or illness. That's why we decided to try a different type of emergency department when my youngest son recently broke his arm. Below is our story.

One Saturday in May, my son Andrew was outside on the swing trying to go as high as possible (because that's the only way little boys know how to swing). During this activity, he shot out of the swing and landed on his arm. Next came the bloodcurdling screams that drew me out into the backyard and rushing toward him. Read More

The ABCs of Real Fitness & Nutrition for the Entire Family

Friday, January 24, 2014

By Guest Blogger Laura Buxenbaum

With New Years just behind us, many of us are still renewing our commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This year attack the age-old lose weight and eat healthier pledge from a different perspective and make it a family resolution. Every parent knows, teaching children healthy lifestyle habits can be a challenge. But it’s not impossible – in fact, the building blocks to a healthy family can be as easy as A-B-C: Aim for Activity, Bring Back Breakfast and Choose Snacks Cautiously. Read More

Win Tickets, Choose the Right Doctor, Private Schools & More!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Welcome back to another edition of The Sunday Spotlight. Today we're featuring the following news:

~ Our Latest Giveaway
~ How to find the Right Doctor
~ Our Private School Directory
~ The Winner from our Last Giveaway

Keep reading to get the latest scoop from these local Triad businesses! Read More

The Real Skinny on Body Image and Fitness for Kids

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

By Guest Bloggers Melanie A. Cole, MEd, EdD, NCC, and Barb Andresen, RD, LDN

The best gift you can give your children in teaching them about their bodies is to role model and to teach respect; respect for themselves, their bodies, as well as respect for others.

This respect comes from helping them learn to communicate with their body. Similar to teaching kids how to verbally communicate, this is a skill that can be taught and learned.

Communicating with their bodies will assist them throughout their entire life. What their body is saying, what messages the body is trying to relay and how to respond appropriately is the key to keeping ourselves safe and healthy. Responding to our bodies does not always mean responding with food.  Read More

The Basics of Fat Loss

Thursday, December 26, 2013

By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders, ME Certified Nutrition and Fat Loss Coach and co-founder of Momsanity

We live in a calorie counting, scale happy, diet crazed, low fat, gluten free, vitamin fortified  world yet everywhere we turn the statistics keep getting worse….Americans are overweight and becoming more so by the minute.  CLEARLY something isn’t working.

I have learned a lot over the past 7 years being associated with Metabolic Effect- perhaps most importantly- you cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.  That is what we do as a culture.  Yes, each diet is a tad bit different and there is always the next big craze of group fitness classes, but at the root of it we are repeating the same behaviors and getting the same results- nothing.

It looks something like this: Read More

Food as Medicine

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

By Guest Blogger Rebecca Rugh-Webb, School Psychologist

Working as a school psychologist for the last eight years and having my own small children I have come to observe that children today seem to be struggling with a variety of health and behavioral concerns to a significant degree more than previous generations. There is much debate over the cause of these “new” difficulties which include an increased risk of asthma, environmental and food allergies, autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration disorder, ADHD, anxiety and depression. Working within my family, as a result of my first daughters medical and behavioral difficulties, I came to discover the path I like to call “food as medicine”.

A subset of doctors also share this philosophy, commonly referred to as integrative physicians or functional medicine specialists. These specialists are successfully treating a variety of mental and physical disorders with nutritional programs and vitamins and minerals depending on each person’s unique make-up. Treating symptoms with medication, as is “traditional” practice, only masks the underlying root cause of the problem. A great blog for the Huffington post called “The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes: Finding the Cure for Chronic Disease” by Mark Hymann, discussed the implications of functional medicine. What resonated with me was his quote, “Depression is not a Prozac deficiency”. He goes on to say that depression is not the cause of the symptoms; it is merely the name we give to that cluster of symptoms. Finding and treating the cause is more powerful than treating the symptoms. Read More

The Call that Changed Everything

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

By Jessie Peele, author of Cupcakes and Running Shoes

"Sometimes a great plan, is kinda hard to understand. Right now it don't make sense... I can't make it all make sense." ~Luke Bryan

It was a Friday. I had just put my daughter, Cameron Kate, down for a nap. My phone rang. The screen said, "Fertility Clinic." I knew they were calling with my bloodwork results, but honestly, I wasn't worried. I thought we'd already diagnosed the issue, and the bloodwork was a formality.

I listened and jotted the numbers down, listening to the nurse spout things off like "prolactin" and "thyroid" and "normal." Then, though, she paused. "But your AMH level is a little below normal." Read More

Whatcha Think~ Circumcision

Thursday, October 03, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Last spring I was fortunate to attend my first bris to celebrate TMoM member Dani’s newborn son. I had no idea what to expect, and to be honest, I was really nervous. For those of you who do not know what a bris is (and I was surprised to learn how many of my friends did not know), it’s a Jewish ceremony during which a baby boy (usually around eight days old) is circumcised and blessed – and the ritual symbolizes the baby’s formal link to his Jewish heritage.

It was a beautiful and joyous occasion, and it was silly of me to be so nervous. Up to that point, my only experience with a circumcision was the act of handing my newborn son over to my gynecologist who whisked him away for about an hour in the hospital, and then returned him to me seemingly unharmed. It was something I never really thought about (or wanted to think about); it was just a procedure my husband and I had an unspoken agreement about.

But I’ve since discovered that the act of circumcision is an age-old debate and has become quite the controversy.  Read More

Got Cranio?

Friday, September 20, 2013

By Guest Blogger Shannon Ford

My son is Luke – he is a warrior. So is one in 2500 children born with craniosynostosis.

The bones in a baby’s skull are separated by sutures – when the sutures fuse too early, it causes craniosynostosis.  This causes an abnormal shape to the head because the skull cannot expand perpendicular to the fused suture.  It is crucial to diagnose this as early as possible because if left untreated, it can cause pressure on the brain leading to vision and hearing impairment, as well as seizures and developmental delays.  Read More

Childhood Cancer: Awareness = Funding = Cures

Monday, September 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Tamar Petty

This is the last picture taken of Leah (and myself) before our world was turned on end by childhood cancer on January 26, 2012. It was taken at a birthday party that was filled with fun activities, but not enjoyed by my daughter. She spent much of the party wanting to be held like this. That’s part of what prompted me to call the pediatrician the following morning. After another appointment of not “finding” anything wrong, the doctor recommended we draw some blood. Later, my pediatrician would tell me she had spun the blood five times, hoping that the result would change. It did not.

We were referred to Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic for more detailed blood work. Best case scenario: testing would confirm Leah had mono (which would account for her persistent tiredness); worst case: leukemia.  Read More

Does Your Child Suffer with Asthma?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

By Guest Blogger Adam Gower, MD, pediatric pulmonologist, Brenner Children’s Hospital

As a pediatric pulmonologist, I often see patients (and their parents) when they have had their first asthma attack or diagnosed with reactive airway disease. Many parents also contact me when their children struggle with asthma medications and keep having breakthrough “breathing episodes” despite taking medications. I am also the lead investigator on a clinical research trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which is working to find new treatments for asthma patients. Below are some questions I am commonly asked.

What is asthma? What is reactive airways disease? Read More

Urinary Incontinence: A Common Health Problem Women Still Don’t Talk About (but should!)

Monday, July 15, 2013

By Guest Blogger Dr. Bradley E. Jacobs

From scouting out every restroom in the workplace, to going dozens of times a day, to forgoing outings to the movies, people with untreated urinary incontinence live in constant fear of having an embarrassing accident. Urinary incontinence is a common problem affecting an estimated 18 million women in the U.S., yet according to the National Association for Continence, women wait an average of six years from the first time they experience symptoms to visit their physician for a diagnosis.

People think it’s a normal process of aging or childbirth, but it’s really important to distinguish that although urinary incontinence is common, it’s not normal. It is a legitimate medical condition and it’s treatable. Here are some tips to keep in mind... Read More

The Benefits of an Alkaline Diet

Saturday, July 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Civey Conway, cancer survivor

Last May, I profiled Civey as a Mom on the Move to celebrate her defeat over Stage IV lung cancer. A little over a year ago, she was given six months to two years to live. She endured just four chemotherapy treatments, and then chose to stop. Today she is in remission – thanks in large part she says – to alkalizing her body and constant prayer. Her story fascinates me and I asked her to blog about the basics of an alkaline diet –something that could benefit anyone, not just cancer patients. Her suggestions are below. I’d love to hear what you think! ~ Katie

In 1931, Dr.Otto Warberg received the Nobel Prize for discovering the cause of cancer. He discovered that the primary cause for cancer is a low alkaline pH, or in other words, high acidity of the body. Basically, he concluded that “cancer cannot exist in an alkalized environment.” When I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, this knowledge led me to research how to alkalize my body. I was not given a good prognosis from my doctors at that time as the cancer had spread to my bones, liver and brain so I was quite desperate to get my body alkalized as fast as possible. Read More

6 Common Myths about Type 1 Diabetes

Saturday, May 18, 2013

By Elizabeth T. Walsh, MD, pediatric endocrinologist, Brenner Children's Hospital

When your child is first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. As you work with a pediatric endocrinologist to educate yourself on your child's condition, be sure to avoid false information about the disease.

Myth #1
It's your fault your child has diabetes. When a child is first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, one of the first emotions a parent will feel is guilt. This is because many initially assume that diet plays a role in the development of the condition. This, however, isn't true. Type 1 diabetes is not simply the junior version of type 2 diabetes. We now know it's an autoimmune disease, and there is nothing parents can do to keep it from happening. So don't blame yourself for your child's diagnosis.  Read More

We're Not Just Being Overprotective

Monday, May 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Megan Crisci

Have you ever been attending a social gathering revolving around children, such as a birthday party or school Christmas party and witnessed what some might categorize as a “helicopter” or “overprotective” mom meticulously monitoring every tiny piece of food that goes into her child’s mouth? Have you ever thought to yourself “Yikes, that woman needs to relax; this is a party after all?" Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t. Maybe “that” mom is a mom who simply wants healthier choices when it comes to the foods their child eats or maybe “that” mom is the mom of a child with a food allergy. Both types of moms are simply doing what they feel is the best way for their child to nourish their bodies but for the mom of a child with a food allergy it is more about keeping their child safe from food that will do nothing but bring their tiny bodies harm.

I am the mom of two daughters with newly diagnosed food allergies. My daughters are now living with Celiac Disease. They both suffer horribly when they ingest gluten. Maybe you have noticed all of the gluten free products and foods when you are making your way through the grocery store aisles and have wondered if this is just a new trendy way of eating or dieting. Maybe to some people that is exactly what gluten free eating is. A trend. But for people like my daughters and myself, eating gluten free is way of life. A way to keep from getting sick. A way to live “normally”. Yes, I have Celiac Disease too. Read More

What's Up with Molluscum?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

By Daniel Krowchuk, M.D., Pediatrician and Co-Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Brenner Children’s Hospital

One of the more vexing skin problems affecting children is molluscum contagiosum. What is it and what can be done about it?

Molluscum contagiosum (“molluscum”) is a viral infection of the skin. For reasons that are not known, molluscum is becoming more common. It is spread by close physical contact (skin-to-skin) or by contaminated objects, like a towel or wash cloth. Although very controversial, there is some evidence that molluscum may be spread via swimming pools. Any child may get molluscum but those who have eczema seem to be particularly prone. Read More

Does Your Child Need Ear Tubes?

Friday, April 12, 2013

By Guest Blogger Amy S. Whigham, MD, Otolaryngology (ENT) at Brenner Children’s Hospital

Ear infections are an expected part of childhood, but that doesn't mean they're harmless. They can be painful, cause a delay in speech development, scar the eardrums and even lead to lifelong hearing loss. Ear tubes can help prevent these risks by reducing the amount and severity of a child's ear infections.

The insertion of ear tubes is a very common procedure that has been in use for decades. By age 3, about one in 15 children will have ear tubes. Understandably, though, many parents still have questions and concerns about them. In fact, one of the most common requests I get—from the parents of my patients, as well as from my friends and neighbors—is to explain ear tubes. Here's what I tell them: Read More

My Picky Eater

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

Picky Eaters - if you don't have one, you should feel lucky.

Before having kids I always smirked when I heard parents say things like, "Oh I wish I could serve casseroles for dinner, but my kids just won't eat that."

My thought: "How can kids not eat something? You make it. They eat it. Period. What is the problem?"

Now I know. I have two children who have been raised the same way. My daughter is seven and my son is nine. They have been offered the same foods. They were fed at the same times, by the same person (me) with the same love and care. So why in the world do I have a son who would try a frog covered with hot sauce if you asked him to, and a daughter who doesn't even like a slice of cheese? Bad luck, bad parenting, or just different kids?  Read More

March of Dimes Miracle Babies

Friday, April 05, 2013

By Guest Blogger Hannah Shipton, the 2013 Ambassador Mom for the Winston-Salem March for Babies

Chapter 1 – The Decision
On Mother’s Day 2010, my husband and I found out we were pregnant. We were both shocked and excited when the physician informed us we would be having a multiple pregnancy.

Our apparently normal pregnancy took a turn for the worst at 24 weeks.While our son was growing normally, a scan revealed that our daughter had a reversal of end-diastolic flow; when this occurs there is abnormal resistance in the placenta which results in a marked decrease in blood flow from the fetus to the placenta. Reverse end-diastolic flow carries an increased fetal and neonatal mortality.My daughter’s chances of surviving were very slim. Shaken and fearful we called our family as we drove to the hospital to consult with the attending neonatologist. The physician calmly shared the negative morbidity and mortality statistics for babies born at 24 weeks. That was a day that neither my husband nor I will ever forget – we had to decide when our children would be born. We ultimately chose not to deliver at 24 weeks – it was too risky for both babies. Read More

Out With the Old…

Sunday, March 24, 2013

By Guest Blogger Tracy Roche, Prevention Consultant, Alcohol & Drug Services, High Point

Pledge to invest in the future of our youth and community. We are strong but we can’t afford to sit back and let others take the initiative. Medicines are helpful and safe when used the right way. For teens that want to get high, they are also readily available. Seventy percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often for free. Many believe they are safer than “street drugs” like heroin and cocaine. This isn’t the case. Others believe you can’t get addicted to medicine. You can. We must challenge the myths around prescription and over the counter drugs. Our health and wellness depends on it.

Prevention starts at home, so let’s begin with three simple steps... Read More

Help!! My Child is Sick Again

Friday, March 15, 2013

By Guest Blogger Dr. Leslie Smith of Cornerstone Pediatric Associates of Kernersville

“Help!! My child is sick again.” This is something that I hear in my pediatric practice almost every day. Moms ask, “Why is my child always sick? Could it be that their immune system is broken in some way? Is it their diet? How can I keep from coming in here?”

The reality is that kids get recurrent viral infections because they’re chewing on each other’s toys, they have their fingers in their mouths, and all the other kids are sick at daycare too. Colds in toddlers can easily last 10-14 days and it is not uncommon to have six colds per year, mainly clustered in the cooler months. The minute they have snot, then ear infections and pink eye are next on the agenda. It is difficult to keep your child well and there is no magic answer. I feel your pain. Read More

One Parent's Story of an Allergic Reaction

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

By Guest Blogger Suzy Fielders

Every parent’s worst fear is something bad happening to their child, so when I got a call from my daughter’s daycare on March 16, 2011 saying they had called 911 as she was having an anaphylactic reaction, those fears came to life for me. Luckily she got to the hospital and received medications quickly and everything turned out okay. Although it was almost exactly two years ago, it is so clear in my mind ...

The ambulance waited at the daycare for me to get there as I worked only about 8 miles away. They did a wonderful job in not just dealing with the allergies but keeping my daughter, Sarah, and I calm. We went to the pediatric ER at Baptist hospital. The staff, nurses and doctors were attentive to both Sarah’s reaction and my questions. Once we got there of course two of the first items were paperwork and administering her medicine (epinephrine, antihistamine, and a mild steroid which works to help the antihistamine work best). We had to stay to keep Sarah under observation for a few hours and were finally released around 6:30pm after going in around 2pm. They gave us after care instructions and told us to follow up with my daughter’s primary doctor the next day and then her allergy doctor.  Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Weight Issues

Sunday, March 03, 2013

By Dara Garner-Edwards, MSW, LCSW, Family Counselor, Brenner Children’s Hospital

Despite how perfect your child is to you, she might develop concerns about weight at some point—particularly in her tween and teen years. And while you can't control the messages your child receives from peers and pop culture, there are things you as a parent can do to help her develop a healthy attitude toward her appearance:

1. Listen to your child's concerns. Allow your child to bring up appearance-related worries when she's ready. If, for example, your child is overweight, it's something she's probably already very sensitive about. Pointing it out can end up doing more damage to her self-esteem. So, while it's important to be aware of what's going on in your child's life, it's helpful to let her address her body concerns in her own time.  Read More

Plastic Surgery 101

Thursday, January 24, 2013

By Anonymous

Plastic surgery. Tummy tuck. Liposuction. Celebrities have it done, we watch shows about it on TV, read about it in magazines and on the internet…but do these terms live up to true the “Mommy Makeover” status that they are given? If you’ve ever thought about privately it or even seriously considered it, you’ve probably wondered if plastic surgery lives up to the hype as well as the expense. If you have, then keep reading!

I gave birth in 2002 to three babies at one time. Yes, three. That can really do a number on a 5-foot, 2-inch body that was just average at best before pregnancy! Other moms and I would make comments and jokes about plastic surgery just like anyone else would about winning the lottery. Of course, I expected stretch marks and sagging skin but I never truly thought that one day I’d actually end up wanting to have plastic surgery to help correct it. Read More

Got Organic Milk?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

When it comes to food I would say, for the most part, our family stays pretty healthy. We eat most meals at home. Our menus vary enough so that we're careful not to eat too much red meat or fatty foods. Dinners typically include a vegetable or a salad, and a large bowl of fresh fruit sits center table in our kitchen. Plus, the four of us probably go through a gallon and a half of milk a week. Sounds like we're doing a lot of things right, right? Well that depends on how you define "doing a lot of things right."

Truth is, I am terrible at reading food labels or knowing which ingredients, hormones or acronyms to avoid. Blue 1, yellow 5, BHA and BHT, BVO, saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats...say what? I am a very simple grocery shopper (I cannot even keep up with coupons) so asking me to stay current with that kind data along with my crappy crayon-scribbled grocery list is unfathomable. But when it comes to milk - a basic dietary staple and one that we consume a lot - you'd think finding the healthiest variety should be simple. That's what I thought, and now I'm worried I missed the boat. Read More

Our Story of Love and Loss

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

By Guest Blogger Cherie Brewer

I met the love of my life on September 15, 2000. I was at my dad’s high school for their homecoming football game. My cousin’s wife had begged me to change my work schedule and come to the game, so I did. While at the game, this tall handsome blonde guy stopped by to talk to my cousin and then my cousin introduced us. After this guy, Marcus, walked off; I told my cousin’s wife, “I will marry him.” He was in the store I worked in that Sunday. We talked for a minute and then I got a phone call about 30 minutes later from him. We went on a date a week later and by then were inseparable. We dated six weeks before he proposed and were married 9 months later June 30, 2001.

We wanted to start trying for children right after we married. After a year and a half of no success, my doctor put me on Chlomid. I was on it for five months and he then referred us to an ART Program. We waited another year before going to the Fertility doctor. We did one round of Follistim injections with an insemination to help improve our chances of getting pregnant. About a week and a half later, I found out I was indeed pregnant. We were the happiest people in the world. Read More

The Drive Thru Argument

Saturday, January 05, 2013

By Kristen Bagwell, Triangle Moms on Main

The title of this post sounds somewhat like a marital event, at least in my house...but that's a story for another time. The drive thru to which I am referring is the fast food drive thru, which I love and hate equally.

Love: french fries. Come on! Who doesn't love some fast food french fries?

Hate: The Guilt. Every mom who has fed her child fast food has experienced "the guilt" to some extent.

I understand that fast food marketers usually target kids. I understand that movies like Supersize Me and Fast Food Nation show some significant issues with the fast food industry. My question is this - if we as parents grew up with the occasional fast food meal and have lived to tell about it, can we not assume that our kids will be okay as well, as long as fast food is not a way of life?  Read More

Medicine Or Candy?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

By Guest Blogger Tracy Roche, Prevention Consultant at Alcohol & Drug Services

Is this a cough drop or Jolly Rancher?

Can you tell if that’s a gummy bear or a gummy vitamin?

Honey, do you want your cough medicine in grape, cherry, or watermelon flavor?

According to Safe Kids, 165 young children are brought to the ER every day after taking medicine on their own. Does that mean we’re sending our babies to the medicine cabinet while we sip margaritas by the pool? Of course not! Many things can happen and happen quickly.

For example, a tiny pill accidentally falls on the floor and a toddler puts it in his mouth. A preteen with a pounding headache easily misreads the dose. A preschooler eats a bottle of vitamins because she thinks they’re gummy bears. Medicine often looks or tastes like candy. We want our kids to take it when they need it. We also want them to take medicine safely.  Read More

“Are We Being Nit Picky?”

Monday, November 19, 2012

By Guest Bloggers Angela Smith and Kathleen Kirk

There is a dirty little secret at your child’s school but we know it all too well. When we were asked to write this blog, we considered being anonymous authors. If we used our names, what would our friends think? Would they ever let their kids come play at our houses again? However, the more we thought about it, the more we realized that doing the blog anonymously would actually defeat the entire purpose of writing it.

What could be so horrific that we would risk everything? What is that dirty little secret? Lice. It is everywhere. The Queen Mother of all four letter, dirty words. Don’t believe us? Then you haven’t lived through it. Lice is the gift that keeps on giving, unless you know what to do about it!

One of the problems with lice, is that no one seems to talk about it. It’s taboo. It’s dirty. Still don’t believe us? Mention it at your next book club or bunko night…watch as your closest friends take two steps back and start scratching their heads. But fear not!! This is treatable. Here are some of our helpful tips to get you through this.  Read More

Surprising Results from Using Essential Oils

Saturday, October 20, 2012

By Guest Blogger Andrea Morgan

When my oldest son was about five years old, he started having dry hands when winter would start. I really didn't think too much about it and cream seemed to help it feel better by the next morning. That seemed to be the pattern for two or three years.

About two years ago, the dryness began to get worse. His hands weren't just dry, they were red and painful. Sometimes they would crack and bleed. I ended up having to speak to a doctor about it and she prescribed a cream that included a steroid. This worried me. I would certainly prefer to not put steroids on my child's skin! His hands hurt, though, so we did try it. The first time we used that cream, it worked. But then it didn't. In fact, it worked for only a couple of days. Read More

Why Teal Toes?

Monday, September 10, 2012

By Guest Blogger, Carey Fitzmaurice

How much thought do you give to your nail polish color, or notice what color others are wearing? We hope that in September, you will polish with a purpose.

Teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. We hope you will join the Teal Toes campaign, paint your toes teal and, when folks ask, tell them why you did it!

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, about 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 15,500 women will die of ovarian cancer in the United States. Read More

Keep Your Child Safe from the Whooping Cough Outbreak

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

By Mark A. Pashayan, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Clemmons

As you probably know by now, all North Carolina schoolchildren entering sixth grade must be up-to-date on the Tdap booster vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in addition to tetanus and diphtheria.

Tdap vaccination is particularly critical right now as several counties in the Triad area are experiencing a whooping cough outbreak. In fact, earlier this month a 2-month-old Forsyth County infant died from the illness.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection that causes severe coughing attacks. While a few weeks of excessive coughing may be the worst of it for teens, the illness is much more problematic for young children, particularly infants, in whom the illness can lead to hospitalization or death. This is because babies haven’t yet received enough booster shots to fully protect them from the illness. If an outbreak pops up, older kids, and sometimes adults, can bring the infection home with them. Read More

Summer Skin Safety 101

Friday, May 18, 2012

By Susan “Abby” Haas, MD, pediatrician, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics - Clemmons

With summer right around the corner, we’re all looking forward to spending more time outdoors with our families. Whether it’s a day at the pool, a neighborhood barbeque, a camping trip or simply letting your kids explore the backyard, keeping your children safe from the summer sun and bug bites is a must.

The many choices of sunscreen and insect repellents available today can be a bit puzzling. If you’re wondering what sun protection factor (SPF)works best or how to select a safe, effective bug spray, you’re not alone. Here’s a basic primer for summer skin safety so that your family can enjoy the coming months of outside fun. Read More

Body Image and Your Child, Part II

Friday, May 04, 2012

By Guest Blogger Debra Benfield, M.Ed., R.D., LDN, Medical Nutrition Therapist

Yesterday’s blog about dealing with your child’s eating and weight focused on what NOT to do. Today’s topic is much more hopeful! Let me back up a bit and let you know that I have great compassion for all of us here. I hear a desperate, confused, and somewhat lost tone when parents talk about their child’s weight. Our nation is concerned about “childhood obesity” and we hear a great deal about waging a “war” against it. As part of my inquiry into how twisted up we are about this topic, I looked up how much money we spend in our pursuit of thinness. In the US last year, we spent an estimated $46 billion on diet products and self-help books. At any and every moment at least 77% of Americans are “dieting” or trying to lose weight. Most people seem to have heard the news that dieting doesn’t work, but we are still feeling desperate enough about our weight to fall for the promise of the diet. Losing “10 pounds in 10 days” sounds so good just when you are pulling your swimsuits out of storage! I get it. Read More

Body Image and Your Child, Part I

Thursday, May 03, 2012

By Guest Blogger Debra Benfield,  M.Ed., R.D., LDN, Medical Nutrition Therapist

Does anything freeze you in your tracks faster than someone commenting on your child’s body size? Is there anything that creates more embarrassment, shame, confusion, anxiety, or maybe anger, than “Has Johnny gained some weight?”?! The issue of our children’s weight is a point of major confusion, worry, and angst for almost every parent. The mom who is comfortable and confidant about this issue is as rare as, well, the mom who is comfortable and confidant about her own body. And therein lies the rub. We don’t want our kids to have to deal with the struggle that comes with being overweight. We want to protect our kids from the very real prejudice that exists in our culture against kids who are not thin. But how do you address this sensitive and emotionally loaded topic?

One of the reasons this topic is so challenging is more of our kids are overweight. I will not go on and on about why that is. At the same time, our drive for thinness and intolerance of overweight is also at an all-time high. So what’s a mom to do? Read More

The Real Problem with Bed-wetting

Friday, April 27, 2012

By Steve J. Hodges, MD, Pediatric Urologist
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital

You may think you’ve tried everything.

Restricting your child’s fluid intake after dinner. Setting an alarm in the middle of the night to wake your child for a bathroom break. Keeping your child in underwear instead of a pull up so he’ll feel wet and hopefully wake up. Or, as a last resort, giving medication to slow urine production.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. One out of every five children is a bed wetter.

But in most cases, parents are just masking the symptoms with these methods. The real problem is a much deeper medical issue, one that took me by surprise when we started to X-ray bedwetting sufferers in our pediatric urology clinic. Research shows for more than 80% of bed wetters, the problem is constipation.  Read More

Why Will You Walk?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

By Guest Blogger Casey Raymer

In December of 2008 my husband, Lee, and I found out we were pregnant with twins after a long struggle with infertility. We were, of course, overjoyed! We were in awe of those tiny people growing inside me and greeted each check-up and ultrasound with excitement.

We eagerly anticipated finding out the babies’ genders at my 19 week anatomy scan. The scan of Baby A went just as it should and we were thrilled to discover that we’d be having a boy. But when the ultrasound tech began the scan of Baby B we could tell something was terribly wrong. She spent an inordinate amount of time looking at his heart, and our worst fears were confirmed when the doctor came in to tell us that they had identified a congenital heart defect. The excitement surrounding our pregnancy quickly turned into fear and panic. Read More

You Can Feed Your Family Food Tonight that Prevents Cancer

Thursday, March 08, 2012

By Guest Blogger Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN.

The top 12 most researched cancer fighting foods are in your grocery store. That's right. There are foods you can buy today that will satisfy your family and fight cancer, too!

There is no magic food. I've been working with cancer survivors for many years, and I wish there were. However, nutrition plays a major role in cancer prevention, and in promoting healthy living.

In fact, up to 40% of cancers in the U.S. can be prevented if people eat healthy (4 cups or more of fruits and vegetables) and exercise 30 minutes daily.

That's a big deal! Even more surprising, these foods are found where you grocery shop, and can be grown in your yard. Read More

Turning Tragedy Into Hope

Friday, February 24, 2012

By Guest Blogger Michelle Boyte

Lillie’s Friends Foundation
“Got Friends?” 5K and Family Festival
Saturday March 31, 2012
BB&T Ballpark, home of The Dash
5K starts at 9:00 a.m.
Family Festival 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Egg Dash Starts at 10:30 a.m. (over 20,000 eggs!!)

On Good Friday, April 9, 2004, my husband, Cory and I welcomed Lillie into our family of three. Along with sister, Hannah, Lillie was a special blessing with a smile and spirit that could light up a room and touch a world. Little did we know, Lillie would touch the world of children and families dealing with a deadly form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma.  Read More

Advice to Take to Heart

Thursday, February 23, 2012

By Guest Blogger Derek A. Williams, D.O., Pediatric Cardiologist, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital

For many parents with middle and high-school aged children who are gearing up for spring sports, getting the screening physical exam is part of the process.

Most children will sail through the exam without any problems. But occasionally, the doctor or physician assistant will spot a red flag - literally, in a heartbeat. It may come in the form of a murmur, an abnormal heart rhythm or shortness of breath.

So what does it all mean? And when is a heart condition serious? Read More

Special Needs Feature: Congenital Heart Defects

Monday, February 06, 2012

By Kristen Bagwell, Triangle Moms on Main

Did you know that this week is Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week? According to The Congenital Heart Information Network, CHD Awareness week is an annual effort to help educate the public about congenital heart defects. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world.

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is considered to be the most common birth defect, affecting roughly 1 in 100 births or 40,000 newborns annually. CHD is also the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide.* There are 35 defined types of CHD, and in most cases, doctors cannot point to any one genetic or environmental factor that would cause the disease.** The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania defines congenital birth defects as follows: Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Is It Happening to You?!?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

By Guest Blogger Ann Dixon Coppage, MAEd, LPCS, Director of Client Services at Trinity Center, Inc

“It’s dark and cold and this season is supposed to be joyous?!? Instead I feel tired and cranky and like I can’t get enough sleep!” Sound familiar? Are you struggling to keep your head above water? Feeling less enthusiastic, less social, more irritable and fatigued, more inclined to stay indoors, working less effectively, and eating more? For many of us, feelings like these last for an hour or two, or maybe a day. For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these symptoms recur about the same time every year, last for several months, and make daily living very difficult.  Read More

My Story: Part Two

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger, Patrice Williams

We are happy to share a second post from our 2011 Mother of the Year today.  Patrice Williams has an incredible and inspirational story to tell.  If you missed Part One, you can read it here.  Today her story continues and we hope it brings comfort to some of you who may have been through a similar situation ...

Currently, we are doing a Beth Moore video bible study at church on Wednesday nights. Last Wednesday, Beth (you know, because I like to pretend we’re on a first name basis) asked, “How many of you know the kind of pain that is so intense you don’t think you will survive it? Who knows the kind of pain that you think will literally kill you?” I raised my hand, along with several other women in the auditorium. And I thought to myself, “I bet they’re looking at me, not knowing what I’ve been through, thinking that I’m too young to know real pain.” (Keep in mind that there was no indication at all that this is what they were thinking, but I like to play out pretend scenarios and conversations in my head that have little to no basis in reality. Also, I like to pretend I’m still young. Ahem.) Anyway, my point is, I know that kind of pain. Read More

Getting the “Heads Up” on Protecting Your Child’s Brain

Thursday, November 03, 2011

By Alexander Powers, M.D., Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Wake Forest Baptist Health –
Brenner Children’s Hospital

Every year, we hear numerous reports of young athletes who suffer life-threatening head injuries while playing sports. The most recent was just a few weeks ago in upstate New York, when a 16-year-old died from blunt force trauma after a seemingly typical play during a high school football game.

Because of these stories as well as recent attention on concussions spotlighted by the NFL, many researchers are focusing their efforts on head injury prevention. I am proud to say that Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, is at the forefront of this research. With our dedicated Concussion Clinic, we are able to provide the best care possible to children with head injuries, while conducting unprecedented research that will be used to save young lives. Read More

Oh No...Diaper Rash!

Monday, October 24, 2011

By Guest Blogger Elizabeth Smith

Before I had a baby I heard that diaper rash was the result of letting a child sit in a wet diaper for too long. Therefore, I assumed that children with diaper rash belonged only to irresponsible parents or negligent day cares. WOW, was I wrong! Once I had a baby I learned that there are many other circumstances that can lead to diaper rash including sensitive skin, antibiotics and illness. None of these causes mean that you are a bad parent or that your care giver is neglecting your child. They are reasons that should be addressed and treated to get baby back to her happy self.

How do you take care of diaper rash? The response to that question is far longer than the list of potential causes. In the childbirth preparation class that I attended we were told that to treat diaper rash you need a cream with zinc, and you that you should not use baby powder. That was my lengthy training. I have learned a couple more tricks of the trade since that class thanks to my best source of information - other moms. Read More

Over E-chiever Mom

Friday, October 14, 2011

 By Katie Moosbrugger

Hi. I’m Katie, and I’m an email addict. It’s true and a little scary. My entire schedule and life as a mom, wife, friend and business owner depends on email. My home computer is on 24/7 so all I have to do is pop over to the screen and check my inbox. I check it first thing in the morning (usually after making school lunches and before the bus rush), and then several times throughout the day. If the power in our house goes out or if my email is down, I panic. I break out in a cold sweat and start to shake (Ok, I am kidding about that!). But I really find life without email next to impossible to manage.

Even my kids notice. I’ve been scolded with, “Mommy if you don’t let me do this, I am going to have Daddy take away your email.” Yikes.  Read More

How to Be Your own Patient Advocate (while trying to get pregnant)

Monday, September 12, 2011

By Guest Blogger Elizabeth Sasso Smith

Although we have a plethora of incredible hospitals and OBs around town, sometimes the best advice can be from other moms. When my husband and I were ready to start trying to get pregnant, I went to my annual appointment with my OB-GYN hoping to get the low-down. Instead I was told to take a prenatal vitamin, go off my birth control and good luck. Huh?! That’s it?! No that’s not it! That is why we have each other. There is no one better to fill you in on what to do then a community of women who have all been there before. Whether you are working on your first pregnancy or number two, three or four the tips below are things every women should know. Read More

Creating Happy Kids Smiles!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sponsored by Spangler & Rohlfing Pediatric Dentistry

Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases and yet 90% of it is preventable. Dental decay is five times more common than asthma and 25% of all preschoolers between the ages of 2 and 5 already have a cavity! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists suggests that your child be seen by a dentist by age one.

Pediatric dentists practice preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry for children requires parental involvement with daily oral care at home as well as visits to the dentist at least two times per year. By following some simple steps you can start your child off to a lifetime of healthy dental habits.  Here are some simple tips to keep your kid's smile healthy! Read More

Cutting out the Chemicals

Saturday, August 06, 2011

By Guest Blogger Jessica Sheedy

What Mom doesn’t want the best for her kids and family? We all strive to lead healthier lives, and recent news of dangerous chemicals and irritants in products we use every day has become more prominent. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there about what choices we should be making regarding cleaning products, food storage, and even personal care products like makeup and baby shampoos/soaps.

My sister was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32, which made me really think about a lot of things, but especially how my family lives and the future I want for my two boys, Evan (7) and Alex (5). To be clear, I am not the most ardent environmentalist by any means, but I do know that making these changes will have a positive affect on my family and our health. With innovation and popularity of convenience, we’ve lost a lot regarding personal safety and responsibility for our planet. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of small changes that can have a dramatic impact on your family’s health:  Read More

Are Peanut Allergies Driving You Nuts?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

By Guest Blogger, Christine Pomper

A few months after I announced my pregnancy, my mother surprised me with an early mommy gift – a subscription to Parents Magazine.  I remember spending the last weeks of my pregnancy skimming a variety of useful articles.  One article that I remember seeing in my first issue was boldly entitled something like PEANUT ALLERGY – A GROWING PROBLEM.  I purposefully skipped over that article while thinking, “There are no food allergies in this family –  does not apply to my baby!”  If only I had known then what I know now!

About 14 months later, I proudly served my one year old bouncing baby boy Sam his first peanut butter sandwich.  Peanut butter was a staple of my diet, the comfort food that initially staved off nausea during my pregnancy, and later fulfilled my ravenous appetite while nursing.  I spread the creamy peanut butter on soft, finely sliced bread and watched my boy taste it.  He ate half of the sandwich and smiled his adorable smile.  I promptly put him down for his nap. When I checked on him an hour later he was covered with an angry red rash all over his body including his face, arms, torso and legs.  As Sam’s dad has skin that is eczema prone and sensitive to fragrances,  I thought like father, like son and I immediately blamed the  baby suntan lotion I had applied to Sam for the first time earlier that days.  It took almost two weeks for Sam’s rash to clear.  Read More

Victory Junction: How You Can Get Involved!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sponsored by Victory Junction

A few months ago, Katie and I were invited to tour Victory Junction.  I had seen commercials for this facility, but really had no idea what it was all about.  I soon discovered that it is an indescribable year-round camp unlike any other.  You will be truly amazed at what the Petty family was able to do for children and teens who would never be able to experience half of what is offered at Victory Junction.  ... Rachel Hoeing

Victory Junction was founded in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam, who believed from a young age that every child deserves the opportunity to celebrate being a kid.

The year-round camp serves children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses and focuses on providing memorable and empowering minutes, hours, days and weeks for every child.

The cost to send one child to camp for one week is $2,500 but the camper's family never incurs a cost for their experience. Victory Junction relies solely on the generous donations from individuals, corporations and organizations to give children a once in a lifetime camping experience.  Read More

My Story - Part One

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger, Patrice Williams

Our very first Mother of the Year contest took place in May.  Patrice Williams was crowned our TMoM Mother of the Year, and once everyone read her story, they quickly learned why.  Patrice has experienced an amazing journey during her time on this earth and we all have something to learn from her experiences.  Although the journey has been tough, Patrice has found a way to smile and inspire others through her blog.  We wanted her to share her story with all of you in a series of posts.  Today is the first.  After you read this, you will be anxioualy awaiting the next. ... Rachel

On Sunday morning, April 20th, 2008, my husband, Matt, and I were sitting in our young couples Sunday school at church and we were watching a video of David Ring. Do you know him? He is an amazing man, afflicted with Cerebral Palsy since birth, with an amazing story. The short version of his story is that he had a very hard childhood, his mother being his best friend and greatest (and many times, only) advocate in the entire world. On top of his CP and the constant embarrassment, ridicule, and discouragement he endured, he became an orphan at the age of just 14 years old. Passed around from family to family, rejected and alone, he struggled to know if life was worth living. (Spoiler alert: he decided it was and has a wonderful life today!)  Read More

Childhood Obesity: A Preventable and Treatable Illness

Saturday, July 02, 2011

By Timothy Dalton, M.D., North Point Medical Associates and Forsyth Medical Center

There was a time when most of us thought of obesity as just a grownup’s problem. But these days, a growing number of children in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In fact, at least one in three kids is carrying around more than just a few extra pounds—and that’s not all they’re carrying. These children are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as low self-esteem, depression and difficulties finding acceptance among their peers. It’s not overstating the problem to call it a national epidemic.

As a physician, this is a tough trend for me to witness. While it can result from pre-existing medical conditions, such as endocrine disorders, very often lifestyle issues are to blame when children become obese. It’s just a fact that we’re living in the digital age, when more and more children live their lives in front of televisions and computers. For many teens, texting and instant messaging account for much of their social activity. That means less time spent doing the things that kept us healthy as kids, like bike riding and shooting hoops. Read More

Get Ready to March for Babies!

Friday, April 01, 2011

By Guest Blogger Wendy Hobbs

Have you ever put much thought into charities? More specifically why do the people speak up and support these charities with their time and financial resources? How do you choose a charity? Well, I’m walking in the March for Babies walk because through the research funded in part by the March of Dimes, my twins were able to survive being born at 26 weeks. Until I had these kids, I had no idea what 26 week preemies meant so let me tell you a little bit about our adventure. Read More

Some days are better than others

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

by Kristen Bagwell, Triangle Moms on Main 
"Seventeen." That is the first thought I had yesterday when an old, dear friend called to tell me she is expecting a baby in June. "I'm so happy for you!" I exclaimed, yet in my head, I was thinking "seventeen." You see, she is the seventeenth person who has had a successful pregnancy since I had a miscarriage last August. Seventeen! It's like a joke. It was especially ironic since I'd just been to the doctor that morning to discuss my fertility options. Deep breath... Read More

Preventing Preeclampsia

Thursday, November 04, 2010

By Guest Blogger Sarah Scott, blog author of Great Scotts: Snapshots of Our Blessed Life  

Hypertension. Swelling or edema. Proteinuria. Sudden weight gain. Headache. Nausea or vomiting. Changes in vision. Racing pulse. Mental confusion, heightened anxiety, trouble catching your breath. Stomach or right shoulder pain. Lower back pain. Hyperreflexia.

These are all symptoms of preeclampsia, a common pregnancy complication that typically occurs during the second and/or third trimesters. If left untreated it can progress to eclampsia, an acute and life-threatening complication characterized by the appearance of tonic-clonic seizures, usually in a pregnant mother who had developed preeclampsia. Why is this information relevant to you? It may not be at the moment, but it is important information to carry with you. It may save your life or others.  Read More

Girls Rule

Monday, November 01, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

Every once in a while, we stumble across an idea, story, product or a person that we just have share with our readers. Kate Pollard, co-founder and design queen at Girls Rule is one of them. A reader tipped us off to Kate and her amazing business, and we wanted to share her story – not only because it’s inspiring – but also because she has some great gift ideas for you last-minute holiday shoppers. And we’d love for you to support her, her business, and the charities she holds dear. Read More

An Unexpected Turn

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger Monica McGuire

I honestly believe that some people are put on this earth to inspire and help others. After hearing Monica’s story and the optimism she exudes, I believe she is one of these people. Monica McGuire lives in High Point with her husband of 5 years, James, and her adorable 3 year-old son, Connor. James is an occupational therapist and Monica formerly worked as a registered nurse, but is now enjoying her role as a stay-at-home Mom where she gets paid in hugs, kisses, and smiles. We are happy to have her as a guest blogger today to share her story. Monica has encouraged any parent who may be facing a situation similar to hers, to reach out to her. A link to her blog is at the end of this post, and we encourage you to take a peek and follow along their journey. ... Rachel  Read More