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What to do if Your Child is the Bully

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center No parents ever want to get the call from school informing them that their child has been part of a bullying incident. Worse yet, finding out that your child is doing the bullying, can be even more difficult to digest. As a parent, we may instantly think …

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Creating a Sensory Garden

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Maintaining a garden can be a lot of work, but it can also be a great way to relax and get some fresh air. Many children enjoy spending time in a garden, whether gardening or simply enjoying the view, because there is so much for them …

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Best Shoes for Little Feet

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Patty Cotter, PT, C/NDT, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department Supervisor and Jayne Emerson, OTR, Penfield Children’s Center These days, stores abound with adorable baby shoes of all shapes and colors. It can be tempting to pick out the cutest furry boots or sparkly sandals for your …

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When to Call the Doctor

It can be difficult to know when your child needs to be seen by a doctor. You should always feel comfortable calling the pediatrician to see if he/she can provide advice over the phone or if it’s a good idea to bring baby in. Certain signs or symptoms in babies, such as fevers over 100.4 …

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What is Frostbite?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center The winter months can be a great time for a multitude of outdoor activities, including skiing, snow trekking, sledding and building snowmen. Kids (and adults) often have a difficult time being cooped up for too long and a fresh bout of …

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What to Do When You Get Snowed In

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Winter is here, and while snow days and a white Christmas may be a dream come true for many children, playing in the frigid cold or driving on messy streets are not an adult’s idea of fun. Chances are, if you live somewhere that gets to …

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Celebrating Dual Holidays with Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center With the holiday season upon us, storefronts are aglow with Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs and food to help celebrate the winter festivities.  While many families who celebrate one religion might gather in their local churches, synagogues and other cultural meeting places, it is also common for interfaith families to …

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Holiday Round-Up: Promote Learning through Play with Developmentally Appropriate Toys

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center The holidays are a time of celebration, great company, and good cheer. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a time of great spending. While there are many ways to trim your holiday budget by adopting traditions with friends and family such as Secret Santa or skipping …

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Baby Colds

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center We may be having an oddly mild fall season so far, but while the nice weather makes being outdoors enjoyable, the measly common cold is keeping more than a handful of people in bed on the last few nice days of the year. It may not …

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Rooming In With Your Baby

Rooming in means that the baby stays with his/her mother during the entire hospital stay, instead of going to a nursery. It can be comforting to both the mother and baby to practice rooming in and can help the mother pick up on the baby’s hunger cues and establish a strong breastfeeding routine.

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Starting Solids

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Introducing your baby to his first solid foods is a very exciting milestone, but it can also raise a lot of questions about what is healthy, appropriate, and safe to offer children under 12 months. Natalie Alcaraz, Health Project Coordinator and Registered Dietitian for the City …

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The Importance of Mental Health during Pregnancy and After Baby Arrives

By: Lisa Edwards, Ph.D., Dept. of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University Ask any parent and they will tell you that the changes that come with having a baby are almost indescribable. There are hormonal fluctuations and lack of sleep, as well as lifestyle changes in daily activities and relationship with one’s partner. There …

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