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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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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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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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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Anaphylaxis

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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A Brief Guide to Childhood Eczema

Rashes can be a frequent occurrence for children. One common type of skin rash, called eczema, can be an ongoing cause of discomfort. In fact, 1 out of every 10 children will develop this type of skin condition. What is eczema? Eczema causes skin to become dry, red, and irritated, often accompanied by tiny bumps. …

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Does Your Child W-Sit?

Does your child w-sit? While it’s OK for your child to move in and out of the w-sit position, it’s important to encourage him/her to change positions while playing. This allows your child to strengthen core muscles and reduce strain on hips and knees.

Symptoms of a Cold Versus the Flu

Influenza is the reason for more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease with approximately 20,000 children under the age of 5 hospitalized every year. Because the flu can be cause for medical concern for children, it is important to be aware of your child’s symptoms to determine whether it’s just a cold …

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Does Your Child W-Sit?

As your baby grows, it’s exciting to watch him crawl, sit up on his own and explore his world. Daily play time enhances cognitive skills and allows him to use and strengthen a variety of muscles. But a seemingly innocent sitting position may actually be problematic for your child’s muscle development. It’s called W-sitting. W-sitting …

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Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly is a term to describe an irregular shape of an infant’s head. It can mean the baby has a flat spot on the back of his head or that it is misshapen. A baby’s head is quite soft and pliable when first born. This makes a baby’s head very susceptible to external pressures that …

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The Importance of Immunizations

Caring for a child is one of the most important jobs you’ll ever have and making sure you’re doing it well can be overwhelming. One of the ways to ensure your child is healthy and protected is to immunize him. Children under two years old are especially vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases and should receive most …

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Handwashing

Proper handwashing is one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of germs and keep yourself and others from getting sick.  But, your usual practice of handwashing may not be effective enough to get rid of germs.  Watch the following video to make sure you and your children are using the …

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The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Stephanie Sandy, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) I was nearing the the end of yoga class with K-4 students. I had led 20 four-year-olds in active and quiet yoga poses that imitated the animals in the Dr. Seuss book, My Many Colored Days. We kicked like horses, buzzed like bees, soared like birds and hibernated like …

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The Tooth Brushing Song

Are you having trouble getting your child to brush his teeth?  “The Tooth Brushing Song,” featured in the following video, is a great way to teach your child the importance of tooth brushing and make a boring task a little more fun. Do you use “sing songs” to help make every day chores more fun …

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Finding a Pediatrician

Finding a good pediatrician that you trust to care for your child is an important decision.  Knowing that a doctor will be available when needed to answer your questions and provide professional advice and quality medical care will be extremely helpful, especially if you are a new parent.  You are the most important advocate for …

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Fighting Childhood Obesity

Over the last 30 years, the childhood obesity rate in the United States has nearly tripled. With more than one third of children currently classified as overweight, our country is facing an increasing list of future health concerns.  Overweight children face potential health risks such as: Cardiovascular disease High cholesterol High blood pressure Pre-diabetes Type …

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Childhood Ear Infections

What is an ear infection? An ear infection happens when the Eustachian tube, the passage connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat, becomes blocked. When this tube is healthy, it fills with air and prevents the build-up of fluid behind the ear drum.  When the tube becomes blocked, due to a respiratory …

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