I recently came across a story of a little boy named Haiden Day. As a baby, Haiden was diagnosed with a disease which many of us may not have heard about - Dravet syndrome. This is a rare but severe form of epilepsy which begins in the first year of life. Epilepsy is a general term used for a brain disorder that causes seizures.
I hear young couples who plan to have families say this all the time: We have to have more than one kid. I want my kids to have a sibling so that they always have someone around to play with.
My son Kyle, a millennial, shared his story about growing up and how if he had played more organized sports during his adolescence, he may have gotten into less trouble and had more confidence.
It’s that time of year again for witches, goblins, pumpkin spice and trick-or-treat. It’s also the time of year candy and confectionery companies try to outdo each other with their own versions of a sugar bomb to tempt our kids and frustrate our efforts to keep them on a healthy diet.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And for many, the big sitdown family meal is not exactly what they are looking forward to due to issues such as odd family dynamics and tensions between certain family members.
There are so many things I love about living in California: the beaches, the hiking trails, the farmers’ markets, the sunny weather, just to name a few. But there is one major downside to living in the golden state - wildfires.
It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie…A brain-eating amoeba enters the body of its victim through the nose. And once the amoeba makes its way in, the victim has little chance of survival.
In recent and tragic news, Mitch Petrus, a former N.Y. Giants player died of heat stroke. He was only 32-years-old. Reportedly, Petrus was working outside at his family’s towing business shop in Arkansas, where the temperature reached 92 degrees with a heat index of 103 degrees.
Kids fall down and get bumps, scrapes and bruises all the time. And it’s usually no big deal. But one mother in the United Kingdom recently had the scare of her life when her eight-year-old son developed sepsis after what seemed like a harmless fall at the zoo.
There is an increase in the outbreak of measles in the United States. Measles is a virus and reportedly one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. It is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses and spreads just like the flu and whooping cough, through tiny droplets when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. You can get the virus from touching a surface with these droplets or coming into contact with someone who has the virus.
Here in California, I am always on the lookout for rattlesnakes. They tend to show up by the pool, on the driveway or just slithering on my hiking trail while walking the dogs. And according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, these venomous rattlesnakes are widespread in California.
According to a news report, back in 2017, an unvaccinated six-year-old boy cut his head while playing on his family’s farm. The wound was cleaned and stitched at home by his family.