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Toddler Sleep Training

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo talk about techniques that will help you successfully sleep train your toddler or older child including how to manage nap times, transitioning out of the crib and into a toddler bed, executing schedule changes, and how to handle the child who still won’t sleep.  Infant sleep training…

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Summer Safety Tips

With summer in full swing, this week’s podcast is a great reminder of how to stay safe while enjoying summer fun. Learn how to keep your little one safe this summer with safety tips from our very own Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Jessica Fanucchi.  In this episode we talk about pool safety and drowning prevention as…

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Potential Measles Exposure

We want to inform all our families that we were informed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) about a confirmed case of measles. The person with measles was in our office building on January 10. We have called our patients who were potentially exposed to the person at that time in our office,…

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9 month visit

I have had lots of parents in recent weeks tell me that they are enjoying reading my posts.  I appreciate the positive feed back and I hope we can keep the momentum going.  Our baby is now 9 months old.  At earlier visits we were monitoring the early stages of development, but at 9 months…

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1 month visit

We are up to the one month visit – and this is a great time to explain the phrase you often hear us refer to: GROWTH PERCENTILES. From birth through the time they transition to an adult provider, we regularly monitor your child’s growth; height and weight, and during early childhood we also measure and…

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2 week visit

For the next installation in my series focusing on “check-ups”, we will move on to the 2 week evaluation. As we discussed in my posts about the newborn visit – most babies lose weight in the 1st few days of life, and there is frequently an adjustment period as they learn to feed. When we…

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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,…

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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…

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Newborn Visit

I am REALLY excited about the opportunity to draw back the curtains so to speak so that families will have a better grasp on some of the many things we assess during check ups.  We will start with the newborn visit and in the coming weeks and months work our way through the pre college visits.   …

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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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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,…

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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,…

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