Katie Gagnon

Katie Gagnon

Katie Gagnon is a public relations consultant and freelance writer from South Jersey. She founded Kathleen English Communications, LLC in 2009 in Philadelphia. A frequent flier and avid traveler, her favorite place in the world is the beach in Longport, NJ. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

June 12, 2018

Children's Health

Social media and child predators: A new campaign encourages parents to pause before they post

As pure as our intentions may be in posting pictures and videos of our children running around naked in the backyard or splashing in the bath, parents need to understand that there is a menacing presence online that seeks to take advantage of that information and media.

May 29, 2018

Children's Health

Music to their ears: Why you should play music for your children's developing brains

Time to turn on the music! Studies show that children who are exposed to music have improved language development, enhanced fine motor skills, better social skills, higher IQs, advanced spatial intelligence, increased concentration and basic memory recall.

May 17, 2018

Children's Health

Don't make these summer safety missteps

Prior to that first cannonball, here are some of the things I am keeping top of mind to ensure my son has a safe and happy summer whether at the beach, pool or on a boat.

May 1, 2018

Children's Health

Protecting our children from E. coli as outbreak worsens

Contaminated romaine lettuce from Arizona has been linked to more than 80 cases of E. coli infection in 19 states, with the most reported cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Salads may not seem like a common food for toddlers, but this outbreak most definitely poses a great risk to our children and pregnant women.

March 6, 2018

Health Insurance

The importance of health insurance for children

When you have a child, wellness visits, vaccinations, routine screenings and emergency visits for illness are par for the course. All of these things can really add up. Obtaining health insurance for our little ones, knowing they will be covered for wellness visits plus safeguarded in the event of the unexpected, is one less thing for us parents to worry about.

February 19, 2018

Children's Health

My toddler stopped walking and it was terrifying: educating parents on a toxic synovitis diagnosis

Two to six weeks after little ones have a viral infection (like a cold or diarrhea) they can experience joint discomfort, most usually in their hips. The exact reason is not fully understood, but it seems to be a result of the substances made by the immune system to fight off the infection.

January 10, 2018

Children's Health

Help your child to survive cold and flu season

In my house, green now means stop. As in, if you bring your kids over to my house and they have green snot, I am going to stop you from entering my home. After endless weeks and multiple rounds of terrible colds, I have appointed myself the germ police. The bug stops here.

December 18, 2017

Prevention

A properly installed car seat is one of the simplest ways to protect your child

If shopping for, installing and using a car seat seems stressful, ask for help. Knowing that you are protecting your child every time he gets in the car is worth it. And make sure you buckle up, too! Not only is it important for us Moms and Dads to stay safe in the car, it sets a good example for the little ones watching us from the back seat.

December 5, 2017

Parenting

Tis the season to safeguard your kids

It may seem like danger is lurking around every corner once the decorations start to go up, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays while keeping your kids safe and giving yourself some peace of mind.

November 14, 2017

Children's Health

The lead poisoning problem in America

The side effects of lead exposure are irreversible and heartbreaking. Lead is a common metal found in the earth but it is also a neurotoxin that can cause developmental delays, learning disabilities, anemia, hypertension, decreased hearing, asthma. It can affect the brain, reproductive organs, nervous system and kidneys.

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