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.

March 6, 2018

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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

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My toddler stopped walking and it was scary

When we got home from his 15-month wellness check-up with the pediatrician, I carried my son into the house. When I put him down, his left leg seemed to collapse under him. What was wrong with him?

January 10, 2018

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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 bugs stop here.

December 18, 2017

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

Being a parent can be overwhelming at times. You child’s safety, health and wellbeing are always paramount. There are so many decisions to be made, so little room for error, and so much riding on the line. 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

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Tis the season to safeguard your kids

It's Christmastime, and I want to continue the traditions that my husband and I have started, like getting a really big tree, but there is also the need to ensure our son is not in danger in his own house.

November 14, 2017

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The lead poisoning problem in America

Even though my son and I both hated the test, I would have volunteered him for the blood draw because it addresses a large, insidious problem among children in America.

October 25, 2017

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Some practical advice for planning baby’s first birthday party

Your baby is turning 1! Congratulations! If you’re like me, you are probably approaching this milestone with elation and nostalgia.

October 3, 2017

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Your baby should get the flu shot and you should, too

I firmly believe that every parent has the right to make the personal decisions that are best for their families. But protecting our children from illnesses that could be fatal is where I start to draw the line.

September 19, 2017

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Time to wean: why I’m happy (and sad) to stop nursing my 1-year old baby

There are so many things I love about breastfeeding my son: his little body curled up on mine, his hands touching my face, our shared contentment. I cherish these moments. And I am sad that this special time is coming to an end.

September 5, 2017

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The final countdown: 5 ways to pass the time when you’re waiting for your baby

If you are near or past your due date, take heart: your baby will soon be in your arms! Try to enjoy the last moments of your pregnancy and give yourself a little “me time” in the meantime.

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