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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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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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