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Breastfeeding Benefits

Nursing Mamas! While every mother and baby pair is different, breastfeeding can often be a challenge, especially in the beginning. It’s good to remind yourself once in a while that your effort is worth it. And of course, we are always here for you. Make an appointment with our Chicago Breastfeeding Center any time! Breastfeeding…

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Kickstart Kids’ Heart Health

American Heart Health month happens each year in February and is an important reminder to be mindful of heart health. But the reminder shouldn’t end there! Our hope is that the focus on heart health will carry your family throughout the rest of the year, forming lifelong healthy habits.  Though this is an important reminder…

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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…

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Heart Disease: Reducing Your Child’s Risk

Heredity is clearly an important risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, researchers are steadily gathering strong evidence about how diet influence development of diseases. Experts agree that healthy eating habits from an early age can lower the risk of developing several deadly diseases later on. A diet designed to…

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7 Strategies for helping kids with anxiety

Respect kids feelings without empowering fears Many children experience anxiety of varying degrees on a daily basis. And although it would be unrealistic to eliminate anxiety completely, we regularly work with children and families in our practice to provide strategies and tools that help kids manage anxiety more effectively. How does anxiety manifest in children…

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Tips for Poison Prevention and Treatment

Each year, approximately 3 million people—more under the age of 5—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. How to Poison Proof Your Home: Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. The…

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10 Antibiotics Questions Answered

No doubt you’ve heard recent research on the gut. Countless articles explain the microbiome in our (and our children’s!) guts, affecting digestion, allergies, metabolism and more. And you’ve also likely heard that antibiotics can mess with that whole system. Add to that research all we know about the repeated use and misuse of antibiotics that…

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6 Ways to Deal With Bullying

With the start of a new year, it’s important to consider ways to discourage bullying. Too many sad stories have come to light regarding bullying –either physical or emotional – that have led to dramatic consequences, sometimes even to the point of suicide in extreme cases. And the term “cyberbullying” has become all too familiar….

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10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help parents manage the digital landscape they’re exploring with their children….

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What Parents Need to Know About Vaping

Consider this sobering statistic: vaping among seniors doubled in 2018, according to a national survey, making it the largest-ever recorded youth substance abuse in 43 years, according to the National Institutes of Health Monitoring the Future 2018 Survey Results.  This means one in five high school seniors vaped in the last 30 days. Recent news…

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Breakfast for Learning

​Nearly half of all American families regularly skip breakfast. Is your family one of them? When it comes to getting your children to school, a healthy breakfast is just as important as gym shoes and sharp pencils. How Breakfast Betters Your Child Breakfast has been associated with everything from: Better memory Better test scores Better…

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