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Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration is a term that has been used to describe processes in the brain that allow us to take information we receive from our 5 senses, organize it, and respond appropriately. We also have a vestibular sense (balance) that tells us how to position our bodies and heads, and a proprioceptive sense (awareness of…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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Easing Infants & Toddlers into Halloween Fun

If you are celebrating your little one’s first, second, or third Halloween this year, it is important to know how to make the night safe and fun for even the tiniest monsters! Following are 8 Tips for a Smooth and Safe Halloween with Little Ones: 1. Allow for plenty of time to fright-prep. As a parent, you know…

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