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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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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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