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Healthy Holiday Gift Buying Tips

Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys. Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often…

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The Many Colors of Poop

Long after adjusting to parenthood and your role as principal poop watcher and wiper, you may still find yourself fretting over changes in the color of your baby’s poop. In reality, once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown, and even green are…

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Legal Marijuana: What Parent Need to Know

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois on January 1, parents, educators and pediatricians alike are faced with a renewed challenge of guiding teens to make healthy choices about marijuana use.  According to Dr. Kathy Shepherd, although the new law in Illinois doesn’t target the adolescent population, it nonetheless creates an environment in which…

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6 Ways to Raise Readers

Most parents want to raise children who love to read. It’s a lifetime gift for our kids, plus, it keeps them busy and quiet! Still, it takes some work (and sometimes a lot of work) to raise readers. Try a few tips below to see what works for your child. 1. Repetition Books: Kids love…

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Vaping: What parents need to know & how to talk to teens

Vaping is on the rise among young people, and it’s no surprise to anyone paying attention. In 2018, about 21 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, a dramatic increase from 2 percent in 2011. Most adults, though, are still lagging behind. Would you recognize an e-cigarette if you…

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How to Treat a Fever

One of the most upsetting situations for a parent is when their child has a fever. We recently have seen viral illnesses giving children high fevers so this seems like a good time to review this issue! What is a fever? Fever is a temperature above normal. It is not an illness itself, but tells…

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Poor School Performance: How Parents Can Help

At least one in five students will have trouble keeping up academically at some point during junior high and high school. School slumps require our immediate attention, before the damage to self-esteem is irreparable or a youngster develops an aversion to attending school. While the root of the problem may be school related and nothing…

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Preventing the Flu

With all the germs going around in our area right now, the good news is that parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of these germs–even the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are…

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Tooth Brushing for Young Kids

During the early morning rush and at the end of a long day, brushing young kids’ teeth can be a challenge. We have some tips on our website to make the job easier, and we’re including a sample of them below. Tips for easy toothbrushing Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for brushing an infant’s or…

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

It’s that time of year again when parents and caregivers are packing school lunches. Here are some tips to make lunches healthier, easier to pack and more fun to eat. Get the kids involved Kids (and big people, too) are more likely to eat something they helped prepare. Collect plastic containers that will fit in…

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Kids First Podcast: Environmental Allergies

Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to talk about environmental allergies.  In this episode she discusses the difference between indoor and outdoor allergies and when to expect each of these to strike.  The presenting symptoms of environmental allergies are reviewed and here’s a hint…it’s itchy!  We…

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Kids First Podcast: Public Tantrums

In this episode Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile provides a quick pediatric pearl on how to hand the dreaded public tantrum! Karen provides quick tips on how to handle the situation and create boundaries for future conflicts. References for this podcast include Toddler 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown and 123 Magic. Click here…

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