Bug Spray and Babies

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center While the summer months can be filled with hours of sunshine and endless play, they are also filled with insects. These pests pose more of a threat than you may think, and while we often dismiss mosquito bites and other such bumps, there is a plethora of potential issues …

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Are Fidget Spinners Safe?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center From beanie babies to video games, there is always that one toy that every kid has to own. The most recent craze, fidget spinners, has been marketed as not only a toy, but also a device to help children with attention issues. They’ve been touted as instruments that help …

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Does My Child Have a Language Delay?

By: Kathleen Llaurado, Speech and Language Pathologist at Penfield Montessori Academy Is my child a “late bloomer” or does he have a language delay? The stages a child passes through in the development of speech and language are consistent.  However, the age when they hit these developmental milestones varies a lot between children. As a …

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Protecting Your Child from the Summer Heat

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center As summer kicks off, there are seemingly endless outdoor activities to fill the days. While spending time at the beach, in parks, and at various festivals or farmer’s markets, it is very important to be mindful of the heat and sun exposure that your child gets. According to experts …

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Is it Healthy for Children to Drink Juice?

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center Fruit juices are a staple of many young children’s diets. Recently, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics put out new recommendations on juice consumption for infants and children. Health professionals recommend that the intake of juice should be limited to, at most, four ounces per day for toddlers 1 …

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Sneaky Fruits and Veggies

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Food that is labeled ‘enriched’ or ‘fortified’ really just means that vitamins, minerals, proteins, calories, or fiber have been added to make it more nutritious, which can be a good thing, and is sometimes even necessary for growth. However, any time I hear the word ‘enrich’ …

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Avoiding the Summer Slide

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks! While school is out for summer it is still important to keep children’s minds engaged and learning so they are ready for the next school year and can avoid the “summer slide.” In fact, studies show …

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Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem

By: Amy Beschta, M.S., L.P.C., Penfield Children’s Center Raising children is no easy task, especially if your child has issues with self-esteem or feels she may be inferior in some way to her friends or classmates. As parents, we can start helping our children build a positive perception of themselves early on. While some children …

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Head Injuries in Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center While bumps and bruises are a part of every child’s life, it is important to pay attention to head injuries, no matter how small. According to Kidshealth.org, there are two types of head injuries:  external and internal injuries. An external injury …

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Is my child getting enough sleep?

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center As parents, we strive to do everything possible to support our children’s health and development, including making sure our children are getting enough sleep.  A child who is well rested is more alert, and has better memory and performance.  They are also less prone to experience behavioral …

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When Parents Get Divorced

By: Amy Beschta, M.S., L.P.C., Penfield Children’s Center For many children of divorcing parents, the change can bring forward confusion and worry about the unknown. Some of the questions that children may have during this time might be: Who will I live with? Where will I live? When will I see mom? When will I …

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Preventing Vehicular Heatstroke

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center My husband has always joked that I am scared of everything, and this has never been more true than since we became parents. I feel like there are constant fears going through my mind, and while some are completely normal, sometimes my worries get the best …

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What is Impetigo?

By: Stephane Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Caused by a bacteria, impetigo is a skin infection that most commonly appears as sores around a child’s mouth and nose, and can also show up on the hands and feet. These sores can rupture easily and spread from one body …

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Keeping Kids Hydrated

As we approach the summer months, it’s important to make sure kids are staying hydrated. It can be easy for your active little one to forget to drink enough water, especially when he is busy playing outside during the warm summer months. And, it can be difficult to track how much your child is drinking, …

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Lyme Disease in Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Lyme disease is caused by an infection from a tick bite. When the bite occurs, bacteria is injected into the body, causing the disease. While Lyme disease is not chronic, further complications can develop if your child is left untreated. This …

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Celiac Disease

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center These days, the topic of gluten has found its way into many conversations about health and weight-loss. Many diets have also popped up to support a food plan that does not include gluten, but focuses on eating more proteins, vegetables and …

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Traveling With Young Children

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Although my husband’s family lives near us, my parents and siblings live about a two hour drive away, and I have always made a point of going to visit them at least one weekend out of the month. I knew those trips would likely increase after …

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How to Treat Animal Bites

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Kelsey Sorvick, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Animals can be cute, cuddly and they can bite! According to the World Health Organization, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  While pets cause most animal bites, kids (and adults!) can be susceptible to bites while adventuring …

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