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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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Henry’s Adoption Story

By: Sarah Wittmann Every adoption story is unique. When people who are considering the process ask me for tips on what the process involves, it’s a hard question to answer. From my perspective, the process of waiting for my son has been long and emotional, but ultimately the most rewarding experience of my life. When …

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Pink Eye

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Pink eye or conjunctivitis, is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection of the clear membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye.  It can also be caused by allergies associated with hay fever. When pink eye is caused by an allergic reaction, …

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Coming Home from the NICU

By: Cristina Moreno, Penfield Children’s Center The birth of your child and coming home from the hospital are supposed to be some of the happiest moments of your life. After spending months doing your best to create the perfect space for your baby, both in utero and at home, the possibility of not being able …

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New and Exciting! Introducing Cristina Moreno, monthly columnist to our Personal Perspectives section

Hi! My name is Cristina, and like most people, I am many things. Professionally, I am the Bilingual Outreach Specialist at Penfield Children’s Center, a certified medical interpreter and a new regular contributor on the Penfield Building Blocks website. If you ask my sisters, I am overly sensitive, the one who always wants to keep …

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When your Child has a Peanut Allergy

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center According to the Mayo Clinic, a peanut allergy is one of the most common causes for a severe allergy attack. Reactions to peanut exposure for those who are allergic can range from a mild runny nose to anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction …

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Make a First Aid Kit

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Melissa Hendrickson, RN, Penfield Children’s Center When you have young ones in the house, being prepared for cuts and scrapes is a must! An easy way to stay organized is to have an accessible first aid kit in your house and car. First aid kits can be …

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Written by: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can happen very suddenly and must be treated immediately. If you feel that your child might be experiencing anaphylaxis, seek medical help right away. What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction …

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