Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

Jessica is a current ICU nurse and nurse writer with specialized certifications in pediatrics, life flight, and cardiac surgery. She has spent most of her healthcare career caring for medically complex and chronically ill pediatric patients. Her writing focuses on education of patients and families to help them make informed healthcare decisions.

 

Jessica graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, where she focused on hospital quality improvement and expanding access to healthcare for at-risk populations. Her masters thesis focused on health and wellness education for adolescents.

 

Before starting her career in healthcare, Jessica worked for years as a nanny and a high school sports coach. She spends her spare time trail running with her husband and baking with her daughter.

Jessica Holbrook
A tiny premature baby girl being fed by bottle by her mother.

Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Feeding Therapy Approaches for Infants with Special Needs

Many children with special needs have feeding difficulties. Working with a speech therapist, being patient, and experimenting with textures can help.

A mother helping son to blow a nose in a park.

Health & Nutrition

5 Tips for Managing Spring Allergies in Kids

Spring allergies can cause uncomfortable symptoms. The best way to navigate allergies in kids is to identify triggers and avoid exposure.

Father changing diapers his daughter toddler girl at home in bedroom.

Health & Nutrition

Help! Why Is My Child’s Poop Like Sand?

Changes in stool consistency can be caused by your child’s diet or certain medical conditions. A pediatrician can help you if you are concerned.

Closeup of scar after C-Section surgery on female belly.

Pregnancy

How To Deal With an Ingrown Hair on a C-Section Scar

Ingrown hairs on a C-section scar can be treated using a warm compress or mild exfoliation. Infected ingrown hairs may require antibiotic treatment.

Tired newborn baby boy rubbing eyes.

Health & Nutrition

Help! Why Is My Baby Rubbing Their Face So Aggressively?

Babies may rub their faces as a self-soothing mechanism when tired, teething, or experiencing allergies. It’s completely normal for babies to rub their faces.

Worried african-american girl checking her recent pregnancy test.

Pregnancy

What’s a Dye Stealer Pregnancy Test?

A dye stealer pregnancy test usually means that your hCG levels are very high, which is typically considered a good sign for pregnancy.

A macro view on the eye of a young child suffering from Aniridia.

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Aniridia: A Closer Look at Congenital Absence of the Iris and Its Effects on Vision

Aniridia is a condition where part of all of the iris of the eyes is missing. It can lead to blurry vision, light sensitivity, or even blindness.

A young boy with his eyes closed.

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Microphthalmia in Children: Understanding its Causes, Implications, and Management Strategies

Microphthalmia is a condition where the eye does not fully develop. There’s no cure, but early intervention can improve function for children with poor vision.

Husband and wife quarrel, pregnant woman yells at man in home bed.

Pregnancy

Can Yelling Cause a Miscarriage?

Yelling alone can not cause a miscarriage. However, maternal stress can cause high blood pressure, preterm labor, and other health problems.

Close up head shot loving young woman cuddling sweet adorable baby.

Health & Nutrition

Raising a Child With Hydrocephalus

Children with hydrocephalus need immediate treatment to avoid complications. If treated early, individuals that have hydrocephalus can live a full life.

Beautiful mother treating injured daughter with antiseptic at home.

Health & Nutrition

First Aid Essentials for Parents: Be Prepared for Life’s Little Emergencies

Be prepared with the essentials so you can help keep your family safe and healthy in case of an emergency. Learn more about first aid for families here.

Close up of young mother kissing her baby girl while lying under a blanket in the bedroom.

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): What Parents Need to Know

Retinopathy of prematurity is common in babies born before 33 weeks. Early intervention can help prevent blindness in babies with this condition.