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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 …

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 …

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 …

Kids First Podcast: Healthy Snack Ideas

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 …

4 Ways to Raise Active Kids

In the U.S., only 1 in 3 children are physically active every day, while a large proportion of kids spend excessive amounts of time using various electronic devices – TVs, computers and phones to name a few. With April nearly here, there is no better time to encourage our kids to get outside and get …

5 Ways to Stay Fit This Winter

With several more months of winter on its way, we came up with five ways for kids to stay fit (or get fit!) in Chicago this winter, despite the cold weather. If you have your own suggestions for keeping kids healthy, send them our way to info@kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com! 1. Get out your sled. Chicago might be …

7-Minute Workout

Since The New York Times introduced the 7-minute workout in its magazine in 2013, fitness devotees around the world have included it as part of their exercise routine. For parents, it can be magic. In a mere seven minutes a day, you and your kids can get stronger and fitter without having to go anywhere …

New Year’s Resolutions for Fit and Healthy Kids

With the New Year, comes new beginnings—not just for adults, but for children as well. It’s the perfect time to adopt some healthy habits that can make 2016 the best year possible. Following are five healthy habits from Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile. Exercise vigorously for at least 15 minutes every day. Can’t get outside in …

Reflections of 2014

This past year we celebrated 10 years of Kids First Pediatric Partners, and wow, what an incredible year it was! We saw new staff join us, including our incredible Nurse Practitioner Patricia Lawrence, began two exciting new programs benefiting our families, launched a new, comprehensive website, added afternoon office hours, and of course—moved! What all …

Quitting Smoking Means Healthier Kids

It can be very hard to quit smoking. Knowing that it will help improve the health of your children may help give you more motivation to quit and stay a nonsmoker. There are many options out there to assist you in your quit efforts. Reasons to quit Take your pick! Quitting smoking is one of …