Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

StethoScoop: Medical Musings from Kids First Providers

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!

Kids First Podcast: Croup


Fall and winter are the seasons in which there is a rise in upper respiratory infections including croup. Croup is a specific type of URI that causes a barky seal-like cough and sometimes difficulty breathing. Croup often comes on suddenly and can be very scary for parents. In this episode, Nurse Practitioners Karen & Jean discuss croup and help us to understand how to handle croup when it is suspected:

  • Signs and symptoms of croup
  • The hallmark symptom of croup
  • Sound bite of the classic “seal” bark cough
  • At home treatment recommendations
  • Steroids? When should and when should we not use them?
  • The differences between mild, moderate, and severe croup
  • When to consider an ER evaluation or when to call 911
  • When would an ENT referral be appropriate?


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Kids First Podcast: Cold and Flu Facts

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The 2018 and 2019 cold and influenza season is just getting underway. This pediatric podcast episode, recorded for the 2017 and 2018 influenza season but still applicable today, discusses how to keep your child safe this flu season. The topics for this episode will include:

  • How to identify influenza vs. the common cold
  • Common cold treatment recommendations
  • Why antibiotics do not help alleviate symptoms of the common cold or influenza
  • Influenza treatment recommendations (these recommendations are updated throughout each flu season, for the most up-to-date treatment recommendations go to
  • Facts regarding the influenza vaccine and the Flu Mist


IDPH (Illinois Dept. of Public Health) Influenza Surveillance Website:

CDC Flu Activity and Surveillance Website:

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Kids First Podcast: Fever Facts

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Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo are joined by a special guest and of our very own pediatricians, Dr. Jenny Kim. Dr. Kim explains one of our HOTTEST topics in pediatric primary care- fevers! Some of the topics Dr. Kim covers in this episode:

  • What can affect our temperature fluctuations
  • A true fever starts at 100.4F of a core body temperature
  • Temperature measurement techniques
  • Reasons why fever may be a GOOD thing
  • The symptoms a fever will produce
  • When fever is considered an emergency
  • When parents should call our office to let us know about their child’s fever
  • Viral fevers can generally last 3-5 days
  • Why do fevers come and go throughout the day
  • What temperature is “too high”
  • Why a fever doesn’t actually cause brain damage
  • How, when, and why we should administer fever-reducing medications like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
  • Why do fevers sometimes go UP after giving fever-reducing medications
  • Febrile seizures
  • Fevers caused by vaccinations

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Nutrition Basics

nutrition basics podcast

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 foods that the rest of the family is eating!

Topics Include:

  • Children’s menu’s in restaurants, portion sizes, and expecting your child to eat the same types of foods that you as a parent would eat.
  • Gia recommends the entire family get involved and active in healthy eating regardless of their weight or size
  • Ways you SHOULDN’T talk to your child if they are overweight
  • Sports drinks
  • Chocolate milk as a sports drink
  • When to offer your child juice and how much
  • Smoothies, are they good or bad?
  • How to handle picky eating
  • How to be a good role model for your kids
  • School lunches
  • Balancing meals
  • Do kids still “outgrow” baby fat?

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Introducing Solid Foods to Infants

introducing solid foods

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 to advance your infant diet’s from formula or breast milk to the addition of solid foods.  Join us for an interesting discussion about how to approach this milestone, learn when your baby is ready for solid foods, what food allergies may look like, and what ONE food all babies should avoid (hint: it’s honey!).  Check out our resources listed below for text-based information on solid food introduction!

Introducing solids to infants

Switching to solids