Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

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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.


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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.

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What to Do About Picky Eating

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 solid foods. Listen to our latest pediatric podcast as Feed to Succeed Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile and Registered Dietician Gia Diakakis discuss how to be PROactive in preventing a picky eater and how to address kids who are already picky.

Kids First Podcast: Healthy Snack Ideas

healthy snacks for kids

Welcome to the first of our Pediatric Pearl series with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Karen Gentile!  Pediatric pearls are quick tips that aim to discuss the most challenging parenting problems and are designed for parents who don’t have 30-45 minutes to commit to a full podcast episode. The pearl in this episode is healthy snack ideas for kids! We get asked this question all of the time, so Registered Dietitian Gia Diakakis with Feed to Succeed is here to discuss what she recommends as a professional as well as how she approaches snacking in her own family.

Closed Sunday January 6

We will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 6. If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room. You can reach the provider on call if you need medical advice by dialing: 847-676-5394.  The office will re-open on Monday, January 7. for morning walk in at 8AM-9:30AM, Appointments from 10AM-4PM and afternoon walk in from 4-7PM.

Kids First Podcast: Car Seat Safety

car seat safety

Our very own Sarah Nussbaum, RN is an expert at car seat safety and it’s a good thing because there is SO MUCH to learn about how to keep your little ones safe while in the car. In this episode we will discuss:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations
  • State of Illinois law on car seats
  • Why it’s important to keep your child rear facing because of their bone structure
  • What types of car seats are available: Infant, Convertible, Combination, High Back, Low Back
  • Pinch test for correct fit
  • The 5 steps to Seatbelt
  • Aftermarket products and car seats


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Kids First Podcast: Potty Training

pediatric podcast potty training

Potty training your toddler is a wonderful new developmental milestone for both parent and child!  Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jessica Fanucchi discuss the theory of potty training while Registered Nurse Yael Cohen gives real life, practical advice on how she potty trained her four kids including what worked well and what didn’t. In this episode we will discuss the following potty training topics:

  • Signs of readiness
  • When to start potty training
  • What age are most kids typically potty trained
  • How to execute the day-of
  • What to do if your child has many accidents on potty training day
  • Potty chair vs. toilet seat insert
  • How to overcome fearful pooping
  • The child who was potty trained but having accidents again
  • Late potty trainers
  • How to incentivize your child appropriately
  • The age in which bed wetting and accidents are normal

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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

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 (CDPH) about a confirmed case of measles. The person with measles was in our office building on November 28th. We have called our patients who were potentially exposed to the person at that time in our office, but do want to inform our entire practice that there has been a case in our area.

People who are considered to be close contacts of the individual and most at risk are being contacted directly by local health departments. CDPH is working with local health departments during this investigation and information is subject to change. 
Most individuals are vaccinated routinely in childhood and are not at high risk. Of most concern are exposed people who have not been vaccinated. Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with us about their children’s protection through prior vaccination. We will determine the need for vaccination and/or testing. 
Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. If individuals develop symptoms of measles, please call us or a public health department before going to a medical office or emergency department. Special arrangements will be made for evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection. You may contact the Skokie Department of Public Health at (847) 933-8252.

Kids First Podcast: Ear Infections

One of the most common secondary infections caused by the common cold is a middle ear infection. In this episode we talk about middle ear infections and also touch briefly on swimmers ear and middle ear effusions.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Normal ear anatomy
  • What is an ear effusion
  • Does swimming or bathing cause an ear infection?
  • What is the difference between swimmers ear and an ear infection?
  • What causes an ear infection
  • What are the signs and symptoms of an ear infection
  • The most common age group affected by ear infections
  • How can we protect kids from ear infections
  • What to do if you suspect an ear infection in the middle of the night
  • How to provide pain control to your child from an ear infection
  • What is watchful waiting and how do we effectively use it to treat an ear infection?
  • Perforated ear drums
  • Flying with an ear infection or cold
  • When should we consider an ENT referral, what are ear tubes, and when should we consider an ENT referral to discuss ear tubes?

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Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, November 22. If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room. 

You can reach the provider on call if you need medical advice by dialing 847-676-5394. 

Wednesday, November 21:

Morning walk-in 8am-9:30am

Appointments 10am-3pm 

Afternoon walk-in 3pm-5pm 

Thursday, November 22:


Friday November 23:

Morning walk-in 8am-9:30am 

Appointments from 10am-12pm 

Happy Thanksgiving!