How to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear in Children

By: Howard Gollup, MD, Aurora Health Care With the return of summer comes trips to pools, beaches, and lakes. It’s also the time a common summer health problem makes its return – swimmer’s ear. Unlike common middle ear infections seen in infants and young children during cold and influenza season, swimmer’s ear is an infection …

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Festivals – Keeping Kids Safe

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs Ahhhh festival season! Time to enjoy rides, a variety of tasty food choices, live music and so much more. Attending festivals with the family is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your child. It’s important to also think …

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The Perfect Picnic for your Child

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Picnics in the park are a fun way to bring the family outdoors and spend quality time together. They can also provide a nice “clean-up the crumbs” break for mom and dad! But, it’s important to practice safety while enjoying your meal outdoors, especially when the temperatures heat up. …

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Plant a Butterfly Garden

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Planting a butterfly garden with your little one is a great way to enjoy the warmer temperatures and spend quality time together. Your child will learn every step of the process, from picking out plants to digging in the dirt. For children with sensory issues, make sure to purchase …

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Caffeine and Kids

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Is it okay for children to consume caffeine? If so, what is the limit? These days, children ingest increasing amounts of caffeine. According to U.S. News and World Report, most children consume caffeine from soda. Children also have easy access to coffee and energy drinks, caffeinated gum and candy …

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Cri Du Chat Syndrome – Bree’s Story

By: Maria Isberner, Parent Mentor, Penfield Children’s Center Imagine being told that your child may never walk, she may never talk and that she will have significant developmental delays. That was what my husband and I were told about our daughter 7 years ago. I had been through many challenges in my life prior to …

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The Measles – Basic Facts

By: Penfield Children’s Center Caused by a respiratory infection, the measles (also called rubeola) is highly contagious to unvaccinated children and those with compromised immune systems. Although this infection was common in the past and is not as widespread today, it is still possible to contract the virus. When outbreaks do occur, it is most …

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Nutrition Advice for Children with ADHD

By: Carolina Cuevas, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center What is ADHD? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ADHD (Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a brain disorder which causes hyperactivity, short attention spans, impulsivity, lack of focus and attention among other characteristics. What should I feed my child with ADHD?  Deciding what to serve …

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Seizures in Children

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN and Michelle Benz, RN, Penfield Children’s Center When a child has a seizure, it can be very upsetting to watch and while it’s happening, even the most well-meaning adult can freeze in a panic. Seizure guidelines have also changed throughout the years and it’s important to learn how to properly …

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Combinaciones de Comidas Amigables para Niños

Por: Carolina Cuevas, Bilingual Outreach Specialist, Penfield Children’s Center Alguna vez ha escuchado la frase “¿dos son mejor que uno? Esto significa que dos personas trabajando juntos para resolver un problema o mejorar algún sistema, son más probables a tener éxito que uno trabajando solo. Este concepto también puede ser aplicado a los alimentos que …

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Aprendiendo Figuras y Colores atreves del Arte

Por: Rebecca Michelsen M.Ed., MCHES, Gerente de Comunicación de Comunidades Externas y Programas de Familia Elaborar artesanías con su hijo/a es una manera esplendida de pasar tiempo juntos e introducir habilidades que aprenderán en el kínder. Como padre, también lo puede ayudar a reconocer si su hijo/a está alcanzando los hitos del desarrollo infantil. Un …

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Teach your Child to Blow His Nose

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center There are certain things we do everyday as adults that we don’t think about including tying our shoes, preparing food and…blowing our noses. They may seem like mundane, easy tasks to us, but to a child just learning, they can be a lot more complicated. One task in particular, …

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Ciencia Infantil: Frascos de Arco Iris

Por: Rebecca Michelsen M.Ed., MCHES, Gerente de Comunicación de Comunidades Externas y Programas de Familia Niños de todas las edades gozan de hacer experimentos científicos y el aprender junto a su hijo/a es una manera esplendida de compartir tiempo juntos. Si usted está buscando experimentos creativos con ingredientes que pueda encontrar alrededor de su hogar, …

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Living a Simple Life with Kids

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Can the words “simple living” and “kids” be used in the same sentence? Sure they can! In fact, creating a simple, more organized home and lifestyle for your family will not only lessen your stress as a parent, but it will also make everyone in the family HAPPIER. But, …

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¿Qué es el Síndrome de Prader-Willi?

Por: Sherita Greer, Eventos Especiales y Especialista de Voluntariedad, Centro Infantil Penfield Como padres de un niño diagnosticado con el síndrome de Prader-Willi (también referido como el síndrome de distrofia hipogenital), mi esposo y yo rápidamente nos volvimos considerablemente sabios en el manejo del síndrome Prader-Willi. Nuestro hijo, conocido como Q, nació de término completo …

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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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