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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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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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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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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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7 Truths & Tips for Survival of Stomach Bugs

Hand washing and keeping things clean are your best defenses from getting ill with a stomach bug. Not surprisingly, this is particularly true after touching or supporting your child and when preparing food and eating. Some viruses will survive on surfaces for days. And some viruses like Norovirus can even survive hand sanitizer. You have…

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