What is Prader–Willi Syndrome?

By: Sherita Greer, Special Events and Volunteer Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center As the parents of a child diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), my spouse and I quickly became extremely knowledgeable in PWS management. Our son, herein referred to as Q, was born full term, during the spring of 2007. Given that he was our first …

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What is Croup?

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Reviewed by: Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center Typically occurring in young children, croup most often develops from a virus and causes a child’s airways to swell. A telltale sign of croup is usually a “barking cough” and a raspy voice.  While most cases of croup are not cause …

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7 Important Winter Safety Tips for the Family

By: Lisa K. Seefeld, MD, Aurora Health Care Different times of the year come with different health challenges. While summer can mean heat-related ailments and injuries from outdoor activities, the winter season brings dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions. Let’s take a quick look at your winter health risks and how you can reduce them: …

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Fire Safety with Children

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center It’s important to teach fire safety to children of all ages, as a fire in the home can happen at any time of the day, including in the middle of the night. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1,319,500 fires occurred in 2017 and 14,670 injuries were reported. …

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Haciendo Memorias: Divertidas Manualidades de Vacaciones para Niños

Por Andrea Rivera de Vega, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Hacer manualidades con sus hijos es una excelente manera de crear recuerdos que duren. Las vacaciones presentan un momento único para participar en actividades que celebran la temporada y le permiten pasar tiempo de calidad juntos. Estos proyectos utilizan materiales reciclados y ayudan a …

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Fortaleciendo la Familia

Por Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Según fiveforfamilies.org, existen “5 fortalezas” que pueden ayudar a las familias a sobrellevar las pruebas y tribulaciones de la vida. Estas “fortalezas” incluyen ayudar a los niños a comprender sus sentimientos, aprender a criar a sus hijos a medida que los niños crecen y cambian, establecer conexiones con los …

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Holiday Toy Safety

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs The holidays are upon us and so is the lure of new toys and gadgets. While it’s fun to buy your little ones a few new surprises, it’s important to remember that even with toys, safety comes first. According to the Consumer Product …

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¡Todo sobre los colores!

Por: Tina Yang, maestra de Early Head Start, Penfield Children’s Center Para los niños que inician su aprendizaje, las actividades de clasificación son una excelente manera de ayudarlos a aprender sobre los colores. Estas cinco lecciones también enseñan sobre formas, texturas y ayudan a aumentar las habilidades motoras finas. Bolsitas de frijol y tarjetas de …

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How to Take Care of Baby Hair and Skin

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Your baby’s skin and hair are unique. Was your little one born completely bald or with lots of waves? Baby hair and skin can even vary from sibling to sibling. While one sibling might suffer from eczema or other skin sensitivities, your other child could go through his early …

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