8 Ways to Protect Your Family’s Vision

By Kent A. Haefs, OD, Aurora Health Care For kids, playing outside is simply fun. It’s good for their physical health. Surprisingly, it also appears to be good for their vision. Multiple studies have found that children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop nearsightedness (myopia) than children who spend more time …

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Planting a Kid-Friendly Garden

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Planting a garden can be a great way to teach your child where our food comes from and how it grows from a seed into a plant. It can also help a picky eater try a variety of nutritious foods and take pride in watching her garden grow. When …

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What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Children Sickle cell anemia is a condition that causes red blood cells to become shaped like crescent moons or sickles and have a sticky, rigid texture, in comparison to healthy red blood cells that are round and flexible. These sickle-shaped blood cells can …

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Does your Child have Appendicitis?

By: Melissa Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Stomach aches are not uncommon in children. In fact, anything from the stomach flu to food that does not agree with your child’s stomach can cause him to feel pain. Most of the time, mild stomach aches do not require medical attention and …

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Mother and child on beach

Protecting Your Baby from the Sun

By: Lainie Harris, Penfield Children’s Center Who doesn’t want to be outside in the summertime? When spending time at the beach, pool, or simply in one’s own yard, it is important to remember to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays. According to Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug …

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Is My Child Too Sick for Child Care?

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Children come down with illnesses big and small. Some aren’t contagious, but some are. How do you know when to keep your child home? Ask yourself 3 things: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you answer a few key questions. Does your child …

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Volunteering with Kids

By: Ellen Anderson, Volunteer Specialist at Penfield Children’s Center When children volunteer, they learn compassion and become more aware of how they can help every day in the community. Also, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to volunteer with young children. As long as they receive age-appropriate tasks, they can feel just as involved …

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Helping Kids who are Afraid of the Dark

By: Heather Rotolo, LCSW, Clinical Director-Behavior Clinic, Penfield Children’s Center It’s very normal for a young child to be afraid of the dark. While you as the parent might continually assure him there are no monsters under his bed, that reassurance does little to quell his fears in the middle of the night. And, if …

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The ABC’s of IEP’s

Some children need an extra boost to succeed in the classroom. If your child requires special education, an Individualized Education Plan will be written to help your child with his special need.


Teaching Children to Share

By: Patricia Newton-Powell, Assistant Director of Child Care Services, Penfield Children’s Center Sharing is difficult, but a normal development process. It helps a child learn how to be a generous person. In a world where we want what we want, when we want it, how on earth is it possible to teach a young child …

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Yoga for Kids

Yoga for kids is therapeutic and FUN! It can also help increase focus, reduce anxiety and improve self-confidence. Try these animal and nature-inspired poses with your little one.