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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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Flu Season 2019

In our latest Pediatric Pearl podcast episode, Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile provides an update on the current status of the 2018-2019 Influenza Season in Illinois. It’s not too late to get your flu shot as the virus is still widespread in the Chicago area. Check out some helpful resources:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza Click here to listen…

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What to Do About Picky Eating

Do you struggle getting your child to eat their fruits or vegetables? Does your child protest food until he gets what he or she wants? Will your child only eat carbs or “beige” foods? Picky eating is a common problem amongst kids of all ages, but it can start as soon as we begin to introduce…

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Measles Informational Session

Please join Dr. Cathy DiVincenzo for a Q&A on the measles on Wednesday, December 12 at 6PM at Congregation KINS, 2800 W. Northshore Ave. in Chicago. For more information, email info@kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com On Friday, December 7, we sent a notice to all families in our practice that we were informed by the Chicago Department of Public Health…

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Nutrition Basics

Registered Dietician Gia Diakakis from Feed to Succeed in Glenview, Ill. joins us for an informative discussion on pediatric nutrition basics  Gia answers our long burning questions about how we can set our kids up for success with a healthy diet that will last a lifetime! Spoiler alert: She recommends feeding your child the same…

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Introducing Solid Foods to Infants

Experts recommend that infants start eating solid foods between ages 4-6 months of age, but where do we start?  This new journey in an infants life can be confusing for new parents, not to mention it may elicit fears of food based allergic reactions.  Karen and Jean talk about the AAP’s current recommendations on how…

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Social Media and Youth

Do you think your child may have a social media addiction?  Is social media use preventing your child from sleep or giving them poor self esteem?  Do you think your child may be bullied on social media? Special guest Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, a Clinical Psychologist from Primary Care Psychology Associates, reviews the effects of social…

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Meet Dr. Alex Taylor

Dr. Alex Taylor and his wife recently moved to Evanston from Southern California, where Dr. Taylor completed his residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He is originally from Hawaii, where he attended the University of Hawaii medical school. Dr. Taylor decided to focus on pediatrics in medical school because he is…

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Welcome Dr. Kirsten Hollett

Dr. Kirsten Hollett joins us after recently completing her residency at The University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital and graduating from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Kirsten says becoming a pediatrician was her plan and passion since she was a child, and her pediatric rotation in medical school confirmed that for her. “I love…

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Kids and Screen Time

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo talk about how and when to introduce screen time to infants, toddlers and adolescents. This includes modalities such as Skype, FaceTime, iPads and tablets, TV, and cell phones. In this episode, we discuss the health risks and dangers of early or inappropriate screen time use. Screen time…

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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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