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10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help parents manage the digital landscape they’re exploring with their children….

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What Parents Need to Know About Vaping

Consider this sobering statistic: vaping among seniors doubled in 2018, according to a national survey, making it the largest-ever recorded youth substance abuse in 43 years, according to the National Institutes of Health Monitoring the Future 2018 Survey Results.  This means one in five high school seniors vaped in the last 30 days. Recent news…

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Breakfast for Learning

​Nearly half of all American families regularly skip breakfast. Is your family one of them? When it comes to getting your children to school, a healthy breakfast is just as important as gym shoes and sharp pencils. How Breakfast Betters Your Child Breakfast has been associated with everything from: Better memory Better test scores Better…

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Quitting Smoking Means Healthier Kids

It can be very hard to quit smoking. Knowing that it will help improve the health of your children may help give you more motivation to quit and stay a nonsmoker. There are many options out there to assist you in your quit efforts. Reasons to quit Take your pick! Quitting smoking is one of…

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Newest pediatrician to join Kids First

Dr. Martin “Yossi” Borenstein joins Kids First in January, as our seventh pediatrician in the practice, bringing his decades of pediatric experience to Kids First. After nearly 30 years working as a pediatrician in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, Dr. Borenstein will join our practice on January 6, 2020. His patients and colleagues of decades will surely…

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Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety…

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Healthy Holiday Gift Buying Tips

Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys. Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often…

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The Many Colors of Poop

Long after adjusting to parenthood and your role as principal poop watcher and wiper, you may still find yourself fretting over changes in the color of your baby’s poop. In reality, once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown, and even green are…

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Legal Marijuana: What Parent Need to Know

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois on January 1, parents, educators and pediatricians alike are faced with a renewed challenge of guiding teens to make healthy choices about marijuana use.  According to Dr. Kathy Shepherd, although the new law in Illinois doesn’t target the adolescent population, it nonetheless creates an environment in which…

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6 Ways to Raise Readers

Most parents want to raise children who love to read. It’s a lifetime gift for our kids, plus, it keeps them busy and quiet! Still, it takes some work (and sometimes a lot of work) to raise readers. Try a few tips below to see what works for your child. 1. Repetition Books: Kids love…

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Vaping: What parents need to know & how to talk to teens

Vaping is on the rise among young people, and it’s no surprise to anyone paying attention. In 2018, about 21 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, a dramatic increase from 2 percent in 2011. Most adults, though, are still lagging behind. Would you recognize an e-cigarette if you…

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