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Developmental Milestones

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile reviews developmental milestones for each new stage of your child’s growth starting at two months through ages five years of life. Learn what to expect your child should be doing with social/emotional development, language/communication development, cognitive development, and physical development. Karen reviews when you should talk to your pediatrician or …

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Previously recorded in 2018: Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease has been very prevalent in our community this year so Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss this common virus also known as the coxsackie virus.  The following topics are discussed in this episode: Differences between Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease vs. Herpangina- both of which are …

The Immune System & Fevers

Special guest Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to discuss our children’s immune system! In this episode we will cover: How many illnesses are expected per year/month When do we need to worry about fever When should we consider an immune deficiency Why we get fevers …

Safe Infant Sleep Practices- Product Recalls and SIDS reduction

In this episode of the Kids First pediatric podcast, Chicago-area Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses the recent recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and how to get a refund if you own the product.   Additionally Karen reviews the recent journal article in the May 2019 publication of Pediatrics that discussed recent …

Kids First Podcast: Food and Drug Allergies

On this week’s pediatric podcast, Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to talk about food and drug allergies in kids. In this episode Dr. Gobin discusses some of the signs and symptoms of food allergies, the age of presentation, and how food allergy testing is performed. …

Kids First Podcast: Exercise and Weight Training for Kids

In this episode Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses safe forms of exercise for children and how the AAP views weight training. We also discuss exercise safety and observing for red flags. Resource: www.healthychildren.org Click here to listen on iTunes Click here to check out our other podcasts

Kids First Podcast: Environmental Allergies

Dr. Karina Gobin, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, joins Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile to talk about environmental allergies.  In this episode she discusses the difference between indoor and outdoor allergies and when to expect each of these to strike.  The presenting symptoms of environmental allergies are reviewed and here’s a hint…it’s itchy!  We …

Kids First Podcast: Public Tantrums

In this episode Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile provides a quick pediatric pearl on how to hand the dreaded public tantrum! Karen provides quick tips on how to handle the situation and create boundaries for future conflicts. References for this podcast include Toddler 411 by Denise Fields and Ari Brown and 123 Magic. Click here …

Kids First Podcast: Constipation

On this week’s pediatric podcast, nurse practitioners Karen Gentile and Jessica Fanucchi discuss one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in children: constipation! In this episode we discuss the signs and symptoms of constipation, how to prevent constipation, and how we would go about treating it. Tune in for tips and tricks on …

Flu Season 2019

In our latest Pediatric Pearl podcast episode, Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile provides an update on the current status of the 2018-2019 Influenza Season in Illinois. It’s not too late to get your flu shot as the virus is still widespread in the Chicago area. Check out some helpful resources:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza Click here to listen …