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Quitting Smoking Means Healthier Kids

It can be very hard to quit smoking. Knowing that it will help improve the health of your children may help give you more motivation to quit and stay a nonsmoker. There are many options out there to assist you in your quit efforts. Reasons to quit Take your pick! Quitting smoking is one of…

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5 Ways to Stay Fit This Winter

With several more months of winter on its way, we came up with five ways for kids to stay fit (or get fit!) in Chicago this winter, despite the cold weather. If you have your own suggestions for keeping kids healthy, send them our way to info@kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com! 1. Get out your sled. Chicago might be…

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Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety…

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Healthy Holiday Gift Buying Tips

Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys. Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often…

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The Many Colors of Poop

Long after adjusting to parenthood and your role as principal poop watcher and wiper, you may still find yourself fretting over changes in the color of your baby’s poop. In reality, once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown, and even green are…

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6 Ways to Raise Readers

Most parents want to raise children who love to read. It’s a lifetime gift for our kids, plus, it keeps them busy and quiet! Still, it takes some work (and sometimes a lot of work) to raise readers. Try a few tips below to see what works for your child. 1. Repetition Books: Kids love…

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How to Treat a Fever

One of the most upsetting situations for a parent is when their child has a fever. We recently have seen viral illnesses giving children high fevers so this seems like a good time to review this issue! What is a fever? Fever is a temperature above normal. It is not an illness itself, but tells…

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Poor School Performance: How Parents Can Help

At least one in five students will have trouble keeping up academically at some point during junior high and high school. School slumps require our immediate attention, before the damage to self-esteem is irreparable or a youngster develops an aversion to attending school. While the root of the problem may be school related and nothing…

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Preventing the Flu

With all the germs going around in our area right now, the good news is that parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of these germs–even the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are…

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Tooth Brushing for Young Kids

During the early morning rush and at the end of a long day, brushing young kids’ teeth can be a challenge. We have some tips on our website to make the job easier, and we’re including a sample of them below. Tips for easy toothbrushing Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for brushing an infant’s or…

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

It’s that time of year again when parents and caregivers are packing school lunches. Here are some tips to make lunches healthier, easier to pack and more fun to eat. Get the kids involved Kids (and big people, too) are more likely to eat something they helped prepare. Collect plastic containers that will fit in…

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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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