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Is Your Child Dressed Warm Enough?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center One of the most fun wintertime activities for children is playing outside. Crunching in newly fallen snow and building snowmen can be great ways to get fresh air and exercise during the long cold-weather months. Before your little ones head outside, make sure you have the proper gear to …

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What is Apert Syndrome?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Shelli Samson, NI, Penfield Children’s Center Apert syndrome affects the shape of a baby’s face and occurs when bones in the skull fuse together prematurely. In addition to affecting the child’s skull, this genetic disorder can also affect the shape of the hands and feet. Among other …

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Do Good this Holiday Season

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center The holidays are upon us! Whether you celebrate a certain holiday or prefer to focus on the winter season, this can be a fun time of year to get your kids involved in community work and have fun together. Families who volunteer together are often strengthened by serving others …

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The Great Milk Debate

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Cow’s milk, coconut milk, almond milk…the list goes on. Are they all equal? Let’s take a look at how the popular types of milk stack up. Cow’s milk: Cow’s milk is relatively cheap, packs a great amount of protein (9 grams per 8 ounces of milk) and is fortified …

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Fluoride: Is My Child Getting Enough?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center A common dental debate between parents is whether or not fluoride is safe for children. And, if it is safe, how much should a child get? We’re breaking down the most common questions about fluoride and how to keep your little …

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Does your Newborn have a Blocked Tear Duct?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Ahhhh newborns. So sweet, so bundled up, and so…complicated. Bringing home a newborn is exciting and scary. In the hospital, doctors and nurses are at a mother’s beck and call, usually available to answer any questions. For first time parents, especially, …

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Keeping Kids Safe from Lead

By: Matt Stienstra, Advocacy Campaign Manager, Hunger Task Force For hundreds of years, lead was used in building materials and everyday products. Lead is versatile, durable and easily attainable. However, even small amounts of lead are harmful, especially to younger children and women of child-bearing age. Lead can cause permanent damage to our health. In …

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The Importance of Addressing Early Childhood Trauma from Domestic Violence

By: Courtney Ernst, M.S., LPC-IT, Family Counselor, Penfield Children’s Center and Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center According to the Milwaukee Health Department, domestic violence is a type of abuse within a familiar relationship that allows the abuser to control another person. It includes different types of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse, among …

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When a Parent Dies

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Heather Rotolo, LCSW, Clinical Director-Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center The death of a parent is never easy. Whether it comes after a long illness or happens unexpectedly, loved ones often go through a series of emotions to come to turns with the new reality. As adults, …

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Using Music to Establish a Routine

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center No matter how old your child is, it is never too late create a routine for him.  There are many benefits to establishing a routine for your child. Routines provide structure that help children feel secure, confident and ready to take on new challenges. Routines also play …

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By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center While nosebleeds are common in children 3 to 10 years old, they can still be scary when they occur. However, they are rarely cause for alarm. Most nosebleeds in children are caused by nose picking or dry air and will stop on their own and are easy to manage, …

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How to be a Good Stepparent

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center Being a stepparent can be very fulfilling. It can also be very challenging. The blending of families is often both beautiful and chaotic. According to kidshealth.org, the initial role of a stepparent is that of another caring adult in a child’s life, similar to a loving family member or …

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Bug Spray and Babies

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center While the summer months can be filled with hours of sunshine and endless play, they are also filled with insects. These pests pose more of a threat than you may think, and while we often dismiss mosquito bites and other such bumps, there is a plethora of potential issues …

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Are Fidget Spinners Safe?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center From beanie babies to video games, there is always that one toy that every kid has to own. The most recent craze, fidget spinners, has been marketed as not only a toy, but also a device to help children with attention issues. They’ve been touted as instruments that help …

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Does My Child Have a Language Delay?

By: Kathleen Llaurado, Speech and Language Pathologist at Penfield Montessori Academy Is my child a “late bloomer” or does he have a language delay? The stages a child passes through in the development of speech and language are consistent.  However, the age when they hit these developmental milestones varies a lot between children. As a …

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Protecting Your Child from the Summer Heat

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center As summer kicks off, there are seemingly endless outdoor activities to fill the days. While spending time at the beach, in parks, and at various festivals or farmer’s markets, it is very important to be mindful of the heat and sun exposure that your child gets. According to experts …

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