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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Teaching Children About Forgiveness

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Heather Rotolo, LCSW, Clinical Director of the Behavior Clinic, Penfield Children’s Center With all the stressors of life, it can be difficult to find time to forgive, especially if feelings of anger, resentment and sorrow have started to overshadow the good memories we have of another person.  …

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Celebrating Springtime

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center March 12th was the start of Daylight Saving Time, and I do not know about you, but winter starts getting old pretty fast after the holidays, so the early days of spring are a welcome reminder that nicer weather is around the corner. Although springtime is …

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What to do if Your Child is the Bully

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Penfield Children’s Center No parents ever want to get the call from school informing them that their child has been part of a bullying incident. Worse yet, finding out that your child is doing the bullying, can be even more difficult to digest. As a parent, we may instantly think …

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Creating a Sensory Garden

By: Cristina Moreno, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Maintaining a garden can be a lot of work, but it can also be a great way to relax and get some fresh air. Many children enjoy spending time in a garden, whether gardening or simply enjoying the view, because there is so much for them …

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Best Shoes for Little Feet

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Patty Cotter, PT, C/NDT, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department Supervisor and Jayne Emerson, OTR, Penfield Children’s Center These days, stores abound with adorable baby shoes of all shapes and colors. It can be tempting to pick out the cutest furry boots or sparkly sandals for your …

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When to Call the Doctor

It can be difficult to know when your child needs to be seen by a doctor. You should always feel comfortable calling the pediatrician to see if he/she can provide advice over the phone or if it’s a good idea to bring baby in. Certain signs or symptoms in babies, such as fevers over 100.4 …

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