September 15 is Neonatal Nurses Day. Although it is a nationally recognized day, the City of Albuquerque had not officially recognized it until now. Eva Budzinkski, a career neonatal nurse from Lovelace Women’s Hospital, spearheaded the effort to get a Mayoral Proclamation on Neonatal Nurses Day from the City of Albuquerque. We sat down with Eva to talk about her passion for being a neonatal nurse and the importance of this day of recognition.
Daphne Mitchell, 35, doesn’t take an opportunity to go with friends on a short road trip outside of Albuquerque to pick wild raspberries for granted. “It blows my mind,” she says. It was a day she didn’t think was possible just a few years earlier. Walking any distance at all, let alone standing for more than five minutes, was a struggle for Daphne, who at her peak reached 530 pounds. “The doctor said I had almost bone-to-bone arthritis in both knees. He said if I didn’t lose weight that would be the least of my health concerns.”
September is Baby Safety Month, and although we should always be taking the best measures to ensure our little ones’ safety, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has dedicated this month to raising awareness about the hidden hazards in our homes.
Here are some of the tips JPMA suggests to creating a safer home for your infant:
Keep loose change, buttons, beads, and any other small items in a bucket or jar out of the reach of children. Children can easily ingest these.
August is National Kids Eat Right month. It also happens to be back to school month for the kids in New Mexico. Last week we wrote about the importance of nutrition in our kids’ breakfasts. Today we are going to break it down a little more simply with our resident dietician Teresa Anderson, CDE.
What happens to a child who goes to school after skipping breakfast?
Albuquerque, New Mexico rarely gets to claim a “world’s first” in anything, but Dr. Steve Henao, chief of vascular surgery at the New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI), made big news when he became the first vascular surgeon in the world to use a new abdominal stent graft system at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.
The summer is winding down and kids are getting back into the struggle of an early morning routine. Some days it feels like a victory that you got them dressed and to class on time. One part of your child’s morning which is often overlooked – but shouldn’t be – is getting a good breakfast.
Did you know that children who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in school than those who eat sugary cereal or nothing at all? Here are some specific reasons making sure a balanced breakfast is a priority for your child:
Back to school time is in full swing in New Mexico, and while we are hustling to get the kiddos organized and prepped with all the essentials (like the sports physicals we talked about last week), we cannot ignore one of the most basic human needs: sleep.
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep helps you perform better throughout the day, but this is even more true for growing children learning how to perform well in school.
It’s back to school time, a time when we have a ton of things to check off the list: new clothes, new books and supplies, getting enrolled in some fun physical sports for good exercise, and more. Before you completely check off the sports part, you want to consider getting your teenaged-child a sports physical to minimize risk of injury.
Summer in New Mexico means rain, and rain means mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitoes aren’t just an annoyance: they can also carry disease, such as West Nile virus.
The Albuquerque Health Department recently confirmed that there have been mosquitoes in our area that have tested positive for West Nile virus. While the virus does not produce symptoms in most people, some people will develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.
Every year in the first week of August, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) organizes World Breastfeeding Week, which seeks to bring awareness to the importance of how women and families can make breastfeeding and work function together. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”
To help mark the occasion, Lovelace Health System has tips to help working mothers plan their return to work or school after the birth of their child with breastfeeding in mind.