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Pregnancy Considerations Amidst Differing COVID-19 Vaccines

by PATSY GIARDA, APRN, CPNP For many people, worldwide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines has inspired hope for herd immunity and relief from the rising death toll and pandemic-associated strain on hospitals and the economy.  As reported by the companies, the currently available Emergency Use Authorized (EUA) mRNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech together included general […]

Nurse Patsy Discusses the New 2020-2025 USDA Dietary Guidelines

by PATSY GIARDA, APRN, CPNP The USDA recently released it’s updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Patsy Giarda, discusses what these new guidelines mean for you and your family. For more information, download the USDA Executive Summary of the new dietary guidelines: Patsy Giarda, ARNP CPNP Patsy Giarda is a Board Certified Pediatric […]

The Importance of Physical Distancing & Face Coverings

by PATSY GIARDA, APRN, CPNP As time passes, it is becoming even more clear that COVID-19 is not going anywhere anytime soon and we have to figure out how to work our lives around it. We know physical distancing and avoiding environments where viral particles are more easily spread (such as indoors) is the most fool-proof […]

Integrative and Wholistic Medicine and Its Impact on ADD

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is diagnosed in approximately 9.4% of U.S. children and 5% of adults, as reported by the CDC. It encompasses three subsets: predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive type, and combined type. ADD is not a diagnosis that can be considered cured, but as a person matures and learns skills to minimize the […]

Autism: Screening, Diagnosis and Wholistic Treatment

April is the month designated across the world to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness. The CDC defines ASD as a compilation of symptoms that can cause behavioral, social, and communication challenges. The spectrum of autism disorders can range from gifted intelligence to needing help with day to day functional living. A survey from a November […]

Ask Nurse Patsy – How Do I Transition My Child’s Sleep Schedule from Summer to School?

As summer break winds down, parents of school-age kids are beginning to prepare for the upcoming school year. Back to school preparations include more than just school supply shopping and getting a sports physical. Without a good night of restful sleep, a student may not succeed to their best potential in the classroom or during […]

Water Safety Tips for the Entire Family

The warmer weather of spring and summer is quickly approaching. Families will soon flock to beaches, pools, and lakes in search of a reprieve from the heat by swimming, boating, and other water activities. Seventy percent of planet Earth is water, so safety precautions for children and adults should be the utmost priority, especially in […]

ABC’s to a Successful School Year

With the new school year now upon us, it’s time to officially say goodbye to summer and hello to your new family routine. Here are some essential tips to starting off the new school year on the right foot. Address any ongoing or new concerns regarding your child(ren) as early in the school year as […]

Local Wildflower Honey Protocol for Seasonal Allergies

Patsy Giarda, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Winter is winding down and spring is quickly approaching. Warmer weather and enjoying outdoor activities are two of the best things about spring. However, for those who suffer with seasonal environmental allergies, it can also bring the struggle of itchy or watery eyes, persistent runny nose, post-nasal drip, and/or nagging […]

Are You Car Safety Savvy?

Patsy Giarda, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Car restraint safety is a topic discussed at every well child check up we do at Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care. At these appointments we review and give anticipatory guidance for the type of car seat your child should be secured in. Because our parents often have questions regarding car […]