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Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

StethoScoop: Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

Kids and Screen Time


kids and screen time

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo talk about how and when to introduce screen time to infants, toddlers and adolescents. This includes modalities such as Skype, FaceTime, iPads and tablets, TV, and cell phones. In this episode, we discuss the health risks and dangers of early or inappropriate screen time use.

Screen time information retrieved from www.healthychildren.org and www.aap.org


Toddler Sleep Training


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 was previously discussed in Episode 3.

References for this podcast include Toddler 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown.

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Summer Safety Tips


Summer safety tips podcast

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 well as playground safety and considerations, insect repellent, lyme disease, and ATV/bike safety.

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Kids First Podcast 5: Breastfeeding Basics


Breastfeeding podcast

Dr. Mimi Boren, IBCLC, one of our pediatricians and lactation consultants discusses breastfeeding basics.  She reviews the health benefits of breastfeeding to both the baby and the Mom, including the emotional benefits and bonding experiences expected during the breastfeeding process. We learn about what to expect during the first few days of nursing and what our excellent team of lactation consultants at the Chicago Breastfeeding Center at Kids First Pediatric Partners can do to best support moms in their new role as nursing mothers!


Kids First Podcast 4: Traveling with Kids


Are you traveling out of the country soon? Guest Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Pat Lawrence discusses the Kids First Travel Health Clinic. On this episode, Pat discusses who should consider making an appointment at the travel clinic and how far in advance the consultation should be scheduled. Pat also reviews basic travel safety tips, routine vaccinations that are important for traveling with young children, obtaining any special travel vaccines for special destinations. Pat talks about travelers diarrhea and basic food and water precautions while visiting foreign countries. We review how to protect your family from Zika virus and Malaria by using insect repellent with DEET. An overview of Pat’s travel clinic can be found at: https://www.kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com/services/travel-clinic/

Specific destination information can be found at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

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Kids First Podcast 3: Sleep Training


sleep training podcast

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss newborn sleep patterns, sleep transitions, and how to sleep train your baby through the first year of life. Jean gives real life examples of how she sleep trained her two sons successfully using the methods discussed in the podcast. The two most popular methods: the Weissbluth method and the Ferber method are compared.

Book recommendations:

Baby 411 by Dr. Ari Brown and Denise Fields

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Dr. Richard Ferber

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Kids First Podcast Episode 2: Seasonal Allergies


Kids first podcast episode 2

Presenting episode 2 of our Kids First Podcast: Seasonal Allergies. Spring has sprung! Chicago’s seasonal allergy season is in full swing, and our patients are feeling the pollens in the air. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen & Jean discuss allergic rhinitis, the symptoms and how to treat the symptoms.

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Introducing the Kids First Podcast


Kids first podcast episode 1

Introducing the first episode of our Kids First podcast! We are so excited to share our new podcast, brought to you by hosts Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo. In this first episode, Karen and Jean introduce the Kids First Podcast, an evidence-based educational discussion about pediatric health conditions and concerns designed for parents. Karen and Jean will discuss their backgrounds as pediatric healthcare providers and the goals of the podcast.  

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We’re Moving May 4


moving to a new office May 4

We are excited to share that we have confirmed our move date, set for Friday, May 4. On that day we plan to open for morning walk-in as normal from 8:00 – 9:30AM. We will then close the office to move everything downstairs, and we will reopen on Saturday, May 5.

We can’t wait for you to visit our beautiful new office suite on the ninth floor of our current building. Our office will include an expanded waiting room with downtown Chicago views, as well as two dedicated rooms for Behavioral Health and Lactation Services. We are also adding an education space where we are planning to host parent education sessions on topics such as sleep, toilet training and discipline. We’d also like to institute a New Mom’s Coffee – stay tuned for more information!

Thank you for your continuing support of Kids First Pediatric Partners,

Cathy DiVincenzo, MD

Adam Aronson, MD

Kathy Shepherd, MD


Kids First Is Moving


We have some very exciting news to share with you. As some of you know, Kids First Pediatric Partners started in 2004 with Dr. DiVincenzo and two exam rooms. We have expanded over the years, to our current staff of 10 providers, with office hours seven days a week. We have recently added Behavioral Health, which joins the Chicago Breastfeeding Center, Easy Breathers, Nutrition and Travel services for our families. It is our goal to provide the best clinical resources to our families on site, as part of our practice. All of this growth means we have run out of room!

We are building a beautiful new office suite on the ninth floor of our current building. It will include an expanded waiting room with downtown Chicago views, as well as two dedicated rooms for Behavioral Health and Lactation Services. We are also adding an education space where we are planning to host parent education sessions on topics such as sleep, toilet training and discipline. We’d also like to institute a New Mom’s Coffee – stay tuned for more information!

We take tremendous pride in our growing independent practice, and we put a great deal of thought into the direction and growth of Kids First. As our community grows, so too must our capacity to care for all of our established patients, new parents and families moving to the area. To be able to give personalized, one-on-one care to our patients, we have added warm and talented providers who understand our mission – to put kids first.

Thank you for your continuing support of Kids First Pediatric Partners,

Cathy DiVincenzo, MD
Adam Aronson, MD
Kathy Shepherd, MD