Author Archive | Julie Henry, RN, MPA

Spare the Rod, But Don’t Yell Instead

In recent months, several articles about disciplining children have come out in the media speculating on whether yelling has taken the place of spanking as a common form of discipline for children. Many parents believe that spanking is not an appropriate method of discipline, so instead, they often yell out of frustration because they don’t […]

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Does My Child Have GERD or EoE?

When your child complains of a burning sensation in his chest, chest pain, chest tightness or regurgitation, you may feel concerned. When your child adds that he is having trouble swallowing and feels like something is stuck in his throat, though, you’ll probably start to panic. But what is it? Chances are eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) […]

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Heart Shaped Cookies

Colorful Cookie Decorating Without Food Dye

Recent studies have shown a possible link between food dyes and certain conditions or illnesses such as allergies, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and even cancer. Since it’s tough to resist decorating cookies with fun colors, many parents have been searching for more natural alternatives. “You can buy natural dyes at stores like Whole Foods, but […]

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Gastroesophageal Reflux

Heartburn Isn’t Just for Adults

Many people believe that only adults experience heartburn, but it is also fairly common in children. Heartburn in children is most often caused by gastroesophageal reflux (GER), a condition where the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach (the esophageal sphincter) relaxes and stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Heartburn Triggers In Children “Spicy […]

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