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StethoScoop: Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

Developmental Milestones


developmental milestones

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile reviews developmental milestones for each new stage of your child’s growth starting at two months through ages five years of life. Learn what to expect your child should be doing with social/emotional development, language/communication development, cognitive development, and physical development. Karen reviews when you should talk to your pediatrician or nurse practitioner if your child is not meeting certain milestones.

Resources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

https://brightfutures.aap.org/Bright%20Futures%20Documents/BF4_POCKETGUIDE.pdf

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease


hand, foot and mouth

Previously recorded in 2018: Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease has been very prevalent in our community this year so Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss this common virus also known as the coxsackie virus.  The following topics are discussed in this episode:

  • Differences between Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease vs. Herpangina- both of which are caused by the Coxsackie Virus
  • Signs and symptoms of the Coxsackie Virus
  • What age group does it affect?
  • Clinical presentation
  • Incubation period
  • When are children contagious?
  • How is Coxsackie Virus transmitted?
  • How can we prevent Coxsackie Virus?
  • When can children can return to school
  • Sequelae of coxsackie virus- peeling of the hands and feet, nail matrix arrest
  • Complications of the virus-> Dehydration
  • Adequate pain control & hydration as the treatment method
  • Can sometimes affect adults

More information can be found at: healthychildren.org

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/infections/Pages/Hand-Foot-and-Mouth-Disease.aspx

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The Immune System & Fevers


The Immune System & Fevers with Dr. Karina Gobin

Special guest Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to discuss our children’s immune system! In this episode we will cover:

  • How many illnesses are expected per year/month
  • When do we need to worry about fever
  • When should we consider an immune deficiency
  • Why we get fevers after vaccinations
  • How to “boost” the immune systems and whether vitamins are recommended
  • Special precautions to protect our newborns fragile immune system, especially when considering travel

Dr. Gobin can be found at Allergy, Sinus, & Asthma Professionals

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Safe Infant Sleep Practices- Product Recalls and SIDS reduction


Safe Infant Sleep Practices

In this episode of the Kids First pediatric podcast, Chicago-area Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses the recent recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and how to get a refund if you own the product.  

Additionally Karen reviews the recent journal article in the May 2019 publication of Pediatrics that discussed recent findings on sleep-related infant suffocation deaths. Karen will summarize how to keep your newborn baby safe while sleeping and how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome and suffocation. 

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Kids First Podcast: Food and Drug Allergies


Food and Drug Allergies

On this week’s pediatric podcast, Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to talk about food and drug allergies in kids. In this episode Dr. Gobin discusses some of the signs and symptoms of food allergies, the age of presentation, and how food allergy testing is performed. Dr. Gobin reviews the most common allergic foods and how food allergies are managed. In the second half of the episode we discuss drug allergies: the signs and symptoms of a drug allergy, if testing for drug allergies is a possibility, and how we manage drug allergies.  

Dr. Gobin can be found at Allergy, Sinus, & Asthma Professionals

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Kids First Podcast: Exercise and Weight Training for Kids


exercise and weight training for kids






In this episode Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses safe forms of exercise for children and how the AAP views weight training. We also discuss exercise safety and observing for red flags.

Resource:

www.healthychildren.org

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Kids First Podcast: Environmental Allergies


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 review when allergy testing should be considered and how allergy testing is performed.  Dr. Gobin recommends over the counter antihistamine to trial as a first line treatment for seasonal allergies as well as other allergy control options.

You can find Dr. Gobin at www.asapillinois.com

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Kids First Podcast: Public Tantrums


pediatric podcast toddler 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.

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Kids First Podcast: Constipation







On this week’s pediatric podcast, nurse practitioners Karen Gentile and Jessica Fanucchi discuss one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in children: constipation! In this episode we discuss the signs and symptoms of constipation, how to prevent constipation, and how we would go about treating it. Tune in for tips and tricks on how to combat constipation using lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and behavioral techniques. We discuss the various medications that may be recommended by your medical provider to assist with constipation or encopresis.

Resources:

Video and website: The Poo in You, https://www.gikids.org

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Flu Season 2019


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

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