By The Mighty Staff via The Mighty When someone you love becomes the parent of a preemie, you might feel an immediate need to reach out, to say or do something… anything. But you also might hesitate because what if your gesture isn’t really helpful? What if your attempt at comfort provides the very opposite? You want to help and do everything you can — so where do you begin? We reached out to our Facebook community and our Preemies community for advice on the best ways to show support and love to the parents of preemies. As one person pointed out, every experience is different, and what worksRead More →

By Mark Brislin via The Mighty It was around day 16 of my son’s 52-day stay at the children’s hospital. He was recovering from his congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) surgery. CDH is a life-threatening birth defect that occurs in one in 2,000 to one in 5,000 live births. It is a condition that occurs during pregnancy when a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to move into the chest and restrict lung growth. As a result, it can cause problems with the heart and digestive system. It was a dark time in the NICU for me. Although my son’s case was no longer grave, my emotions were starting toRead More →

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart heavy day this year! Not only is it National Heart Month, but we had National Wear Red Day and Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week! There is plenty to learn about this February! To view the newsletter as a PDF with clickable links, please click the link below! eKidzCare February NewsletterRead More →

The flu season is in full swing across America although thankfully, influenza activity is mild in most states. If you click on this interactive US map you can see where your state fairs with ongoing influenza (hit “play” and you’ll see all weeks reported this season). It’s certainly NOT too late for your family to get a flu shot  (or nasal spray) since that’s the best way to protect against severe complications from influenza. There is no cure for influenza (antibiotics don’t treat the virus), but there are over-the-counter (OTC) products that do help ease symptoms & side effects from viruses (including influenza) that cause coldRead More →

Zika virus From the desk of Katie Faragher, CPNP What is Zika virus? Zika virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites.  Twenty percent of people infected with the virus become ill.  The most common symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.  Less common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.  The time of exposure to the virus to symptoms is unknown, but thought to be a few days to a week.  Symptoms typically last several days to a week.  Treatment is supportive care and infected people are not contagious. There is no vaccination or prophylactic medication to prevent Zika virusRead More →