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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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Safe Trick-or-Treating

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES October has a lot of fun things for us to do with our children like apple picking, visiting a pumpkin patch or maybe going for a hayride. For some families, October is also a fun time to dress up in costumes, celebrate Halloween, and participate in local trick-or-treating events.  In …

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Strep Throat

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center As kids return to school, they are sure to come home with their first bugs of the new school year. Strep throat, a bacterial infection, is most common in young children and teenagers and manifests itself as a scratchy and sore …

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Make a Bubble Solution at Home

By: KBB Outreach Team A few simple ingredients are all it takes to whip up your own bubble solution. You might already have everything you need at home! What you will need: 6 cups distilled water 1 cup liquid dish soap (preferably Joy or Dawn brands not labeled as “Ultra”) 1 tablespoon glycerin (can be …

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Coping With Your Child’s Surgery

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As a medical interpreter, I have been present at dozens of small surgeries and procedures, ranging from eye surgeries, heart catheterizations, c-sections, and biopsies to name a few. After witnessing so many successful outcomes and hearing doctors reassure their patients of the minimal risks, I felt …

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Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

By: Cristina Moreno, Penfield Children’s Center Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is a common name for early childhood caries, or cavities that occur in baby teeth. Although baby teeth are not permanent, they do serve an important role, so it is a good idea to teach your child about healthy oral hygiene and nutrition early on. …

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Help! My Child Grinds His Teeth All Night

Written by: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition in young children. When teeth grinding and clenching happen at night, it often occurs during phases of deep sleep or when the child is under stress. Rest assured though, 2 to 3 …

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Container Babies

By: Aimee Erb-Jirovec, MS OTR/L What does “container baby” mean? “Container baby” is a fairly new term used to describe a phenomenon in which young children are spending increasing amounts of time in containers and/or equipment. They are also spending less time experiencing free play, floor time and tummy time. Examples of containers and equipment …

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