• The FACTS on Childhood Obesity – Is Your Child at Risk?

    The FACTS on Childhood Obesity – Is Your Child at Risk?

    What are the FACTS on childhood obesity? Childhood obesity more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years Age 6-11 years: obesity increased from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012 Age 12-19 years: obesity increased from 5% in 1980 to 21% in 2012 In 2012, more than 1/3 ofRead more

  • Stress, Cortisol, and Getting your Baby to Sleep

    Stress, Cortisol, and Getting your Baby to Sleep

    You really can get your baby to sleep through the night.  You can sleep too.  There are some simple methods that have worked for parents for years.  But recently some people suggested that teaching infants to fall asleep is bad for their brains– that it teaches babies “learned helplessness.”  I don’t think so. “Learned helplessness”Read more

  • Pregnant? Hoping to Breastfeed? Read this!

    Pregnant? Hoping to Breastfeed? Read this!

    Many expecting moms hope to breastfeed. It’s covered briefly in many childbirth education classes and there’s often a sense of, “Well, it’s natural, so it should be fairly easy.” In the hospital, in the whirl of childbirth and immediate postpartum care, breastfeeding may or may not come instantly easily – but nearly all new parentsRead more

  • Torticollis Treatment and Prevention from a Physical Therapist

    Torticollis Treatment and Prevention from a Physical Therapist

    Luke 18:16 – But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” General speaking, torticollis is an abnormal position of the head and neck.  The word “torticollis” comes from the Latin words tortus,Read more

  • Preventing Injuries this Fall Sports Season

    Preventing Injuries this Fall Sports Season

    Happy Fall! 🍂   Fall means it’s time for school routines, pumpkins, crockpot meals, and…Fall sports seasons! Maybe your family is getting back into sports after an extended break during the pandemic or you’re trying out a sport for the first time! Either way, it is important to discuss children’s wellness and injury prevention to keep upRead more

  • Catholic Wellness Answers, Episode 8: Infant Feeding

    Catholic Wellness Answers, Episode 8: Infant Feeding

    Does the rapidly evolving field of food allergies leave you confused? With all the articles about infant feeding out there, how is a parent to know what to actually feed their babies? During this webinar, Dr. Sweeney reviewed the current recommended strategies to prevent both food allergies and celiac disease. She also discussed the strategiesRead more

  • How to Ease into Exercise after an Injury

    How to Ease into Exercise after an Injury

    So, you’ve been injured, you rested, and now you want to get back into your exercise routine but don’t know where to start. There are many things to consider before jumping back into your exercise routine.  Are you still having pain?  If so, how intense?  Does the pain cause you to limp or alter your form?  Are you stillRead more

  • Flying with Kids

    Flying with Kids

    When our family arrives at the airport, everyone looks at us.  A few people smile at our kids, ages 1, 3, 6, and 8, but most people start to look nervous once they realize they are about to spend several hours on an airplane with us.  The bolder ones ask me, “Are you done yet?” Read more

  • Bedtime with the iPad: Total Mom Fail

    Bedtime with the iPad: Total Mom Fail

    It’s 10:15 pm and my 2 1/2 –year-old is still awake, touching my mouse while I try to type.  She took a late nap and now we’re paying the consequences.  A few months ago the same thing happened and I did the unthinkable—I put her back in her bed, with the iPad. Total mom fail—isn’tRead more

  • Back to School, Back to Sleep! 10 tips to finding your sleep routine

    Back to School, Back to Sleep! 10 tips to finding your sleep routine

    “The road to academic success is paved with sleep,” according to Dr. James Kemp, the director of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Sleep helps kids do well in school, improves social functioning, prevents illness and injuries, and even prevents obesity.  But American children don’t sleep enough.  With touch-screens luring children to avoid bed, we haveRead more

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