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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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Vaping: What parents need to know & how to talk to teens

Vaping is on the rise among young people, and it’s no surprise to anyone paying attention. In 2018, about 21 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, a dramatic increase from 2 percent in 2011. Most adults, though, are still lagging behind. Would you recognize an e-cigarette if you…

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