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Getting kids comfortable with masks

With all of the challenges of 2020, it sure seems like a good time for a superhero. Instead, we’re all putting on masks to be heroes in our community–keeping each other safe with the hope of achieving some semblance of normal.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says, “Wearing cloth face coverings reduces the chance…

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Getting kids back in shape and healthy for the new school year

After months of living amidst a pandemic, it’s no surprise to doctors and parents alike that many children are more sedentary than usual and have gained a few extra pounds. With a significant number of fall extracurriculars canceled and hours of Zoom learning ahead of us, the problem isn’t likely to go away on its…

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Sending kids to camp during COVID-19

With school out and summer here, camp is the first big experiment of getting children back together in their normal social environments. It’s no surprise that we are getting a lot of questions from concerned parents over this difficult and even scary decision. Parents are wondering what are the risks of sending kids to camp…

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Your Coronavirus questions answered

(updated 5/23) Over the past several weeks, we’ve made many adjustments to our office procedures to accommodate you during COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure the safety of your family, which includes continuity of care – both for sick and well visits. Well visits are an essential cornerstone of pediatric care and children’s well being. If your…

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Safely schedule for well visits during COVID-19

Over the past several weeks, we’ve made many adjustments to our office procedures to accommodate you during COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure the safety of your family, which includes continuity of care – both for sick and well visits. Well visits are an essential cornerstone of pediatric care and children’s well being. If your child is due…

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Announcing Telehealth

For your convenience, we are excited to be able to offer you the care your children need without having to visit the office! All you need is a smart phone, tablet or computer with a webcam to access our safe and secure online telemedicine visits. This “virtual care” mirrors an in-office appointment with the provider…

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Kickstart Kids’ Heart Health

American Heart Health month happens each year in February and is an important reminder to be mindful of heart health. But the reminder shouldn’t end there! Our hope is that the focus on heart health will carry your family throughout the rest of the year, forming lifelong healthy habits.  Though this is an important reminder…

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7 Strategies for helping kids with anxiety

Respect kids feelings without empowering fears Many children experience anxiety of varying degrees on a daily basis. And although it would be unrealistic to eliminate anxiety completely, we regularly work with children and families in our practice to provide strategies and tools that help kids manage anxiety more effectively. How does anxiety manifest in children…

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What Parents Need to Know About Vaping

Consider this sobering statistic: vaping among seniors doubled in 2018, according to a national survey, making it the largest-ever recorded youth substance abuse in 43 years, according to the National Institutes of Health Monitoring the Future 2018 Survey Results.  This means one in five high school seniors vaped in the last 30 days. Recent news…

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Newest pediatrician to join Kids First

Dr. Martin “Yossi” Borenstein joins Kids First in January, as our seventh pediatrician in the practice, bringing his decades of pediatric experience to Kids First. After nearly 30 years working as a pediatrician in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, Dr. Borenstein will join our practice on January 6, 2020. His patients and colleagues of decades will surely…

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Legal Marijuana: What Parent Need to Know

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois on January 1, parents, educators and pediatricians alike are faced with a renewed challenge of guiding teens to make healthy choices about marijuana use.  According to Dr. Kathy Shepherd, although the new law in Illinois doesn’t target the adolescent population, it nonetheless creates an environment in which…

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