Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers

By: Caroline Kupchella, Co-Founder, The Indika Alliance After spending hours escaping the cold with your preschooler, here are some fresh ideas to keep your little one active and outside during the winter months. These activities will teach children a wide range of skills, including fine and gross motor skills, strategic thinking strategies, and ways to …

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We Bust 5 Common Myths About Breastfeeding

By: Veena V. Gonuguntla, MD, Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic To help give new mothers clear guidance about breastfeeding, we want to clarify some myths on the topic. But first, let’s look at some facts about breastfeeding: a wonderful, nurturing connection between mother and child. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found breastfeeding rates …

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Shoo the Flu

By: Mel Hendrickson, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Achoo! It’s that time of year again; everyone seems to be sick. The flu is easy to catch and easy to spread to others. Here are some tips and tricks for lessening your chances of catching the influenza virus and what to watch for when your little one …

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How to Raise an Adaptable Kid

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Every child has his/her likes and dislikes and feelings toward what is exciting and what is stressful. From the moment your little one is born, he starts to develop his own personality characteristics. Is he easy-going, constantly fussy, comfortable with others holding him or prefer only mom? While some …

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How to get Rid of Diaper Rash

By: Shelli Samson, NI, Penfield Children’s Center’s Special Care Nursery Ouch! One of the most unpleasant and ever-occurring problems for babies is diaper rash. While a slight red bottom might go unnoticed by your little one, a more extensive rash can itch, burn or even hurt. There are many reasons why diaper rash occurs. Your …

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Your Baby’s First Check-Up

By: Shelli Samson, NI, Penfield Children’s Center Around 3-5 days after your baby comes home from the hospital, the pediatrician will request the first well baby check-up. This appointment can usually be scheduled while still in the hospital after giving birth. The purpose of this appointment is to make sure your baby is on-track developmentally, …

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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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Apert Syndrome

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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