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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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What is an Ankle Foot Orthosis?

According to BioTech Limb and Brace, an ankle foot orthosis, or AFO, is designed to treat foot and ankle disorders in children. These are also known as braces, and are designed to provide a stable base of support for your child’s lower extremities. They allow a child to develop the process of walking versus balancing, …

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According to the Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. Many individuals with epilepsy can have different types of seizures and other neurological problems. Seizures can also come in a variety of forms. Sometimes a person’s arms and legs will twitch, while others with epilepsy might …

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Helping Your Sensitive Child Cope

Sensitivity is often described as the amount of emotional reaction one has to different situations. Some people have an easy time brushing off intense situations and moving on with life, while others continue to dwell on the event long after it happened. Highly sensitive individuals often cry easily and become overwhelmed by chaotic situations. Many …

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Creative Journals for Kids

Creative journaling is a great way for kids of all ages and abilities to express themselves and process the world around them. It also helps document big events and offers a unique way for your child to tell the story of her life’s journey. It can be fun to look back at journals from when …

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