About Audra Baumgartner

Audra is an experienced pharmaceutical marketing professional, aspiring writer, and mother of Elliott, a high-spirited twenty-year old. Frequently tired but never bored, she has a strong interest in public health fostered by numerous years implementing global oncology education programs as well as by her twenty-year crazy (wild? amazing?) adventure in parenting. She recently earned a Masters in Public Health to augment her expertise in health policy and health promotion. Audra is a founding member of the PedSafe Team

Website: https://pediatricsafety.net

Articles by Audra

Athlete’s Foot – A 12-Year Old Boy’s Cautionary Tale

Athlete’s Foot – A 12-Year Old Boy’s Cautionary Tale

When our son Elliott turned 12, he was by nature independent-minded, stubborn and argumentative (but cute!). Add to his natural tendencies the typical behavior of tweendom, and it was not surprising we ended up in the situation that led me to write this post. This is a cautionary tale about boys, stubbornness, personal hygiene, failed parental nagging….and athlete’s foot. Elliott had for months... 

Code Adam: Because You Don’t Have Eyes in the Back of Your Head

Code Adam: Because You Don’t Have Eyes in the Back of Your Head

Sometimes, as a parent, you have to give yourself a break. Even mothers have to heed the call of nature. But with a headstrong and mischievous three-year old in tow, a parental potty break in a public building can become an exercise in surprisingly emotional fear and guilt. I mean, we are supposed to be able to keep our children safe. We aren’t supposed to lose them! But what can any reasonable parent... 

Springtime Agonies for “Allergy Kids”

Springtime Agonies for “Allergy Kids”

My son HATES spring. It’s absolutely bottom of his favorite season list – despite the Mid-West’s frigid winter temperatures. But he has good reason: seasonal allergies (aka hay fever, nasal allergies, allergic rhinitis, etc); and though the term encompasses all seasons, spring is often one of the worst for allergy sufferers. Given the terrible winter weather this year, I had begun to think spring... 

Making Play Dough – A Family First Aid Fiasco

Making Play Dough – A Family First Aid Fiasco

Reading the post, First Aid Basics Every Parent Should Know, from Kristin Bailey Murphy reminded me of one of our own first aid experiences. Kids may be accident magnets…but it doesn’t help when Mom and Dad have a “dumb parent moment”! Our Emergency This first aid fiasco was rooted in “mommy-guilt”. When my son was two years old I started taking him to crafty enrichment classes at our local... 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other special needs “Sensory Friendly Films” every month – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fun new films in a safe and accepting environment. The movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their... 

AMC is Screening Alien: Covenant Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

AMC is Screening Alien: Covenant Sensory Friendly Tomorrow

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening of Alien: Covenant, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum. As always, the movie auditoriums will have their lights turned...