How to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear in Children

By: Howard Gollup, MD, Aurora Health Care With the return of summer comes trips to pools, beaches, and lakes. It’s also the time a common summer health problem makes its return – swimmer’s ear. Unlike common middle ear infections seen in infants and young children during cold and influenza season, swimmer’s ear is an infection …

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Festivals – Keeping Kids Safe

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Ahhhh festival season! Time to enjoy rides, a variety of tasty food choices, live music and so much more. Attending festivals with the family is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your child. It’s important to also think …

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The Perfect Picnic for your Child

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Picnics in the park are a fun way to bring the family outdoors and spend quality time together. They can also provide a nice “clean-up the crumbs” break for mom and dad! But, it’s important to practice safety while enjoying your meal outdoors, especially when the temperatures heat up. …

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Plant a Butterfly Garden

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Planting a butterfly garden with your little one is a great way to enjoy the warmer temperatures and spend quality time together. Your child will learn every step of the process, from picking out plants to digging in the dirt. For children with sensory issues, make sure to purchase …

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Caffeine and Kids

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Is it okay for children to consume caffeine? If so, what is the limit? These days, children ingest increasing amounts of caffeine. According to U.S. News and World Report, most children consume caffeine from soda. Children also have easy access to coffee and energy drinks, caffeinated gum and candy …

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Cri Du Chat Syndrome – Bree’s Story

By: Maria Isberner, Parent Mentor, Penfield Children’s Center Imagine being told that your child may never walk, she may never talk and that she will have significant developmental delays. That was what my husband and I were told about our daughter 7 years ago. I had been through many challenges in my life prior to …

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The Measles – Basic Facts

By: Penfield Children’s Center Caused by a respiratory infection, the measles (also called rubeola) is highly contagious to unvaccinated children and those with compromised immune systems. Although this infection was common in the past and is not as widespread today, it is still possible to contract the virus. When outbreaks do occur, it is most …

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Nutrition Advice for Children with ADHD

By: Carolina Cuevas, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center What is ADHD? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD (Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a brain disorder which causes hyperactivity, short attention spans, impulsivity, lack of focus and attention among other characteristics. What should I feed my child with ADHD?  Deciding what to serve …

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Seizures in Children

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN and Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center When a child has a seizure, it can be very upsetting to watch and while it’s happening, even the most well-meaning adult can freeze in a panic. Seizure guidelines have also changed throughout the years and it’s important to learn how to properly …

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Kid-Friendly Food Combinations

By: Carolina Cuevas, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Have you heard the saying “two is better than one?” This means two people working together to solve a problem or improve a method are more likely to succeed than one person working alone. The same concept can be applied to the food we eat. Pairing and/or …

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Learning Shapes and Colors through Art

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Crafting with your kids is a great way to spend quality time together and introduce skills they will learn in kindergarten. It can also help you as a parent recognize if your child is hitting the developmental milestones. One common milestone that comes …

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Teach your Child to Blow His Nose

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center There are certain things we do everyday as adults that we don’t think about including tying our shoes, preparing food and…blowing our noses. They may seem like mundane, easy tasks to us, but to a child just learning, they can be a lot more complicated. One task in particular, …

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Kid Science: Rainbow Jars

By: Rebecca Michelsen M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Kids of all ages love science experiments and learning along with your child is a great way to spend quality time together. If you’re looking for a creative experiment with ingredients you can find around the house, making a rainbow jar is a …

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Living a Simple Life with Kids

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Can the words “simple living” and “kids” be used in the same sentence? Sure they can! In fact, creating a simple, more organized home and lifestyle for your family will not only lessen your stress as a parent, but it will also make everyone in the family HAPPIER. But, …

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What is Prader–Willi Syndrome?

By: Sherita Greer, Special Events and Volunteer Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As the parents of a child diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), my spouse and I quickly became extremely knowledgeable in PWS management. Our son, herein referred to as Q, was born full term, during the spring of 2007. Given that he was our first …

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What is Croup?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Typically occurring in young children, croup most often develops from a virus and causes a child’s airways to swell. A telltale sign of croup is usually a “barking cough” and a raspy voice.  While most cases of croup are not cause …

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