Benefits of Kangaroo Care

By: Josie May, Penfield Children’s Center Kangaroo Care: What is it? The term “Kangaroo Care,” also known as “skin-to-skin,” was created for its similarities to how kangaroos and other marsupials carry their young in their pouch. Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin contact, provides a nurturing environment that can benefit both infant and parent. Both mothers and …

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What is Tongue-Tie?

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth when a tight tissue band under the baby’s tongue restricts the tongue’s movement. It can affect the way a baby eats and swallows. Tongue-tie does not always result in problems for the child, but …

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Keep your Child Safe in the Heat

By: Rebecca Michelsen, M.Ed., MCHES, Manager of Community Outreach & Family Programs, Kohl’s Building Blocks Program Summer has finally arrived! Time to enjoy the great outdoors and all the goodness our warm months give us.  As temperatures heat up, it’s important to protect your little one from heat and the sun’s harmful rays. Below are …

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Healthy Road Trip Snacks for Kids

By: Carolina Cuevas, Penfield Children’s Center Taking a road trip this summer, but don’t have a lot of time to pack snacks or prepare meals? Don’t worry! Eating healthy on the road can be easy-breezy. The following list of food items will assure every member of your family is satisfied. Packaged snacks: Seaweed snacks:  Seaweed …

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Calm a Crying Baby

By: Mel Hendrickson, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services, Penfield Children’s Center Bringing home baby is an exciting and oftentimes nerve wracking experience. While you might feel over the moon about welcoming your newest bundle into his home, it’s very normal to also feel a bit apprehensive. One of the most challenging times in a …

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Make a Summer Fruit Necklace

By: Stephanie Shabangu, Penfield Children’s Center Summer is in full swing and as kids enjoy their break, it’s a great time to get creative. Coming up with healthy treats provides an alternative to the typical sugary snacks that little ones gravitate toward. Children naturally enjoy eating fruit and what’s more fun than fruit they can …

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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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