Caroline’s Infusion Day: Spotlight and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to feature another amazing author with a fantastic children’s book., Caroline’s Infusion Day  This book has now become my new go-to resource to support young children coping with a chronic illness that is treated with infusions. Learn more about the book and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy.

Guest Blogger, Kelly Brennan, Author of Caroline’s Infusion Day 

About the book:

Sweet Caroline has to get infusions to stay healthy. At first, getting her infusions seemed really scary, but Caroline teaches us that maybe they’re not so bad! Caroline takes you through the process of her treatment day, from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed. Witness her feelings as the IV is inserted, and see what her nurse uses to help take the pain away. When it’s time for her vitals, you’ll learn the 3 things that are monitored to make sure Caroline is feeling okay. As her day goes on, you’ll see Caroline do fun, simple activities you can try to incorporate on your treatment day, too!

Who it’s intended for:

This book is for any child and their family who bravely conquer treatment days! Best for ages 2-7.

Where to purchase:

The book is available on Amazon and Kelly’s website 

Why we wrote it:

When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease before her second birthday, I realized regular IVIG treatments were going to be her future. As I tried to prepare her for what she was going to experience, I couldn’t find any children’s books or TV shows about getting an IV, using a tourniquet, or having medicine flow through a child’s body all day. It was at this moment I knew I wanted to create a resource for young children. 

My 16-year-old niece did the illustrations, and she incorporated bright colors to keep the book positive and engaging. We worked hard to make sure it was accurate, but not fearful. Our hope is children will find a connection to it and realize they aren’t alone in their brave battles – and that infusions can in fact be fun! 

We will be giving away a copy of Caroline’s Infusion Day to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow Kelly Brennan and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and  @CarolinesInfusionDayBook and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/16/22.

Easing Hospital Fears with 4Umedicaldesigns

Guest Blogger, Nick Nastasi from 4UMedicaldesigns

What is 4Umedicaldesigns?

At 4Umedicaldesigns we have a mission to reduce medical anxiety by decorating dismal/intimidating medical devices like IV bags and syringes to look more child friendly. As a child, our founder Nicholas Nastasi was briefly on an IV bag and also had a huge fear of needles, so he decided to create a product to help alleviate these medical worries for young children. Our patent-pending medical device stickers cover the blank portion of a syringe or IV bag with kid-friendly images and don’t cover any of the measurements or information on the device.

Who does it help?

4Umedicaldesigns Medical Stickers help pediatric patients that receive needles procedures and IV bags. Studies show that decorative IV bags reduced patient aversion by 83%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 73%. Decorative syringes reduced patient aversion by 79%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 51% (Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center).

Where to purchase

Our IV bag and syringe stickers can be purchased at 4umedicaldesigns.com where we offer a range of different sticker designs and sizes. For large order inquiries and quotes, we can be reached at info@4Umedicaldesigns.com.

We will be giving away a choice of IV bag or syringe stickers to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow  @4Umedicaldesigns and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @4Umedicaldesigns, and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 4/21/22.

Migraine and Mia: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Kat Harrison, Author of Migraine and Mia

Mia lives with chronic migraine. Believe it or not, a migraine is more than just a headache. Mia’s chronic migraine often makes her body feel like a full-on pain parade with a marching band behind her eyeballs! Sometimes she even sees dots, stripes, and a whole kaleidoscope of colors. While chronic migraine really is no fun at all, there are small ways that friends and family can help when one strikes. Written with humor and pizzazz, Migraine and Mia is the perfect way to educate children about chronic migraine, an often-misunderstood health condition, and what family and friends can do to better help support those who live with it.

Inspiration for The Book

Award-winning author Kat Harrison was diagnosed with chronic migraine when she was 15. Kat struggles to remember a time when she wasn’t in pain every single day. For such a common condition, migraine is incredibly misunderstood. There are significantly more symptoms than people realize, and a variety of migraine types that exist. When Harrison was looking at the picture book market, there was a huge hole in books that accurately portray chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability — so her daily life inspired her to write them. Picture books are such a foundational format for bringing both depth and levity to serious topics.

What would you like children and their parents to take away from this story?

Harrison hopes to educate readers that migraine is so much more than just a headache! That statement is a large premise to the story — this idea that a migraine is a full-body test in pain and endurance, and there are small ways family and friends can help. Kat wants the book to entertain as well as educate. She believes that there is a huge stigma against health books — that they’re “boring” or “too niche.”  She is proving with each book that this is simply not true. It’s possible to tackle something like a diagnosis and still show mastery of craft and a creative arc, and Harrison has achieved that.

What gave you the idea to write about medical and health issues that children may encounter?

Harrison got the idea after taking many lukewarm trips to the library. In most children’s collections, there are a very limited number of fictional picture books that tackle health conditions with honesty and realism. While there is a definite place in the canon for books that center on animals and general hospital experiences, Harrison wanted to take it one step further and write from the perspective of a patient. There is no substitute for health stories written by people who actually live them.

Author Bio

Kat Harrison is the award-winning author of Surgery on Sunday and Migraine and Mia. She’s a chronic illness advocate from Michigan and has shared her story with organizations like the American Migraine Foundation and the National Headache Foundation, as well as outlets like Real Simple and The Mighty. Much like Mia (but a little bit older), she has lived with chronic migraine for over eighteen years.

We will be giving away a copy of Migraine and Mia to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow XOKatHarrison and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @XOKat, and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 12/15/21.

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