When I hear the word “strep”, I automatically think of “strep throat”. Strep, short for streptococcus, however, comes in more than one type. Strep throat, for instance, is a Group A strep infection, and while occasionally severe or life-threatening, is normally relatively mild—like in the cases of strep throat or impetigo; in fact, both of these … Continue reading “Group B Strep Awareness: A guide for Mothers, Babies… and Everyone.”

Cleft lip and palate is a congenital condition that happens in the first three months of pregnancy affects the upper lip and the hard and soft palate of the mouth. It is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. Approximately one in every 700 babies is born with a cleft in North America, so … Continue reading “Craniofacial Awareness Month: Understanding Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate”

It seems like summer just started, yet we’re already discussing going back to school in many parts of the United States! For parents of kids living with special medical needs, it can be both an exciting and anxiety-inducing time—ensuring care plans are in place, that school staff are trained on how to deal with a … Continue reading “A Safe Back to School Season for Kids with "Added Extras"!”

Summer is upon us, and that means that your next picnic, patio lunch meeting, or casual wait at the bus stop could soon have some not-so-welcome guests. While a sting from an insect like a bee, wasp, or hornet can be unpleasant for anybody, for those with a potentially life-threatening allergy to insect stings, the … Continue reading “Be(e) careful! Being prepared with a bee or wasp sting allergy.”