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Spring Is in the Air!

Despite the April cold temperatures, it is technically spring! We soon get to enjoy warmer weather, which unfortunately also brings spring allergies. 1 in 5 Americans have allergies, and the most common is hay fever, also known as seasonal allergies. After being cooped up for most of the winter, children cannot wait to get outside, …

Mumps: What Parents Need to Know

Mumps has been in the news recently after outbreaks at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and at a high school in Barrington, and more recently dozens of cases at Illinois State University.   At Kids First Pediatrics, we like to keep our families informed and up to speed. Mumps is a viral infectious disease that …

Staff Holiday Traditions

We reached out to our Kids First staff this week, asking what are some of their holiday family traditions. Here’s what we found out: Dr. Aronson: Watching the movie, “A Christmas Story” over and over again – and teasing my wife that I will get our kids a “Red Rider BB gun” or that I …

Winter Car Seat Safety Tips

Winter is a tricky time for car seats. As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. In a car crash, fluffy padding immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. A child can then slip through the straps …

Holiday Safety & Mental Health Tips

The holidays are an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday season, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Trees When purchasing an artificial tree, look for “Fire Resistant” on the label. When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, …

Medical Mission to Haiti

Dear Kids First Family, My husband, Tim, and I are looking forward to our upcoming journey to Haiti to provide medical care at Mountain Top Ministries, through a nonprofit organization called Little by Little. Recently, I came across a beautiful quote: “Fearlessly pursue what sets your soul on fire!” Tim and I have dreamed of …

Thanksgiving Dessert

Anyone who knows Dr. Adam Aronson well, knows that fall brings two of his favorite things: football and Thanksgiving. This makes Emmitt Smith’s pumpkin spice pound cake pretty much his slice of heaven. We posted the original recipe below, as well as some ways to make this recipe (and others like it) a little healthier. …

Prevent Choking

The holidays are a time when parents can get distracted and kids are excited, which is one reason that emergency rooms report being very busy this season. One of the big risks is choking. Food is one of the most responsible reasons for choking accidents in kids under the age of 5. According to KidsHealth.org, …

Winter Safety

The cold weather has arrived (too soon for many of us), so it is a good time to review winter safety. While this time of year brings lots of outdoor fun – from skiing to sledding and skating – there is the ever present risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Proper preparation is critical to keep …

How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe

More than 3,500 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly every year while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation. In an effort to reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) updated policy statement and technical report includes …