Category: Health & Safety

4 tips for managing your kids' coronavirus anxiety

The coronavirus can be scary for kids. Kids pick up on information and emotions from the adults around them, and some kids may become worried or anxious about this information. Here are some tips for how to best support your child when presented with worrisome information.

Focus on what you can control
In a society overwhelmed with news and information, worry around COVID-19 can make us feel helpless and out of control. It is hard to believe or find a way to gain some sense of action ...

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 2:07 PM by Annie McGunagle

A Chicago pediatrician answers your questions about coronavirus

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Like many people around the world, our parent members have countless questions about COVID-19, an illness caused by a new coronavirus strain that has led to thousands of deaths worldwide and spurred the cancelation of major events such as South by Southwest in Austin and trade shows in Chicago—not to mention some area schools. Parents hoping to find information to keep their families safe posted questions on the NPN discussion forum for Anita Chandra-Pu...

Posted on March 09, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

Coat or no? Car seat safety during the cold winter months

We sure know how to bundle up in the Midwest. We don’t let winter stop us from living life and enjoying the parks, zoos and fun outdoor activities. But it’s a lot of work to get all that winter gear on, and then there's that “no coats in car seats” rule. Madness! As a child passenger safety instructor at Lurie Children's Hospital (and a mom), I have some practical tips on how you can buckle in your kids safely and quickly during our never-ending winters.

Why can’t my kid wear a coat in...

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 10:52 AM by Jessica Choi

Can CBD ease anxiety in children?

*SPONSORED POST BY INNOVATIVE WELLNESS*

A new school, friend drama, sports pressure. There are countless things that can stress kids out. When coupled with schedules that are busier than ever, it’s no wonder that anxiety is on the rise in kids. As parents try to navigate their child’s moods and intense feelings, many have asked me about natural approaches to anxiety relief such as CBD. Does it work? Is it safe? Is it worth the hype? In short, yes, CBD can be effective for children, bu...

Posted on October 08, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Rahul Khare

School lunch hacks for busy parents

In the whirlwind of the school week, throwing together a haphazard lunch can easily happen. We are busy. We run out of ideas. We forget to feed ourselves half the time!

But when you plan ahead, school lunches can be healthy and fun for your kids, and you transform into a rockstar parent. Ta-da!

The key is to prepare with fun “tools”...

Lunch box/bag/container: Whatever the style, easily washable is key. And durable. Must be durable.
Veggie shape cutters: Melon or cucumber al...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

Chicago pediatrician: 'Measles keeps me up at night'

My 4-year-old and I had a date with our pediatrician yesterday. Though kids can get their second MMR vaccine any time between 4 and 6 years old, he received his second MMR vaccine exactly a week after his 4th birthday. After the visit, we got cinnamon rolls (and a large coffee for me) and I told him how proud and excited I was that he was protected against measles and a bunch of other nasty diseases much better now. 

It sounds pretty cheesy, but I said this out loud to him and I woke u...

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:03 AM by Marielle Fricchione

Important whooping cough update from Chicago Department of Public Health

Whooping cough (pertussis) is spreading in some of Chicago's North Side neighborhoods. We want to make sure everyone follows some basic tips to help ensure the health and safety of the community. 

What is whooping cough? 
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. 

After cough fits, someone with...

Posted on March 07, 2019 at 3:43 PM

Preventing furniture tip-overs in your home

Furniture and TV tip-over incidents are most likely to be deadly when a child is involved. A child dies every 10 days from a TV or furniture tip-over. In the U.S. there is an estimated annual average of 15,600 injuries that are associated with tip-overs. Most accidents happen when a child climbs on the furniture in order to reach a higher drawer or an object on top. Children ages 2-5 are at a higher risk for these incidents. These facts and figures illuminate the tragic stories of Camden,...

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

A parents' simple guide to braces

*SPONSORED POST BY WICKER PARK ORTHODONTICS*

“Well, it looks like my child got my in-laws' teeth. What are our options for helping my child get a beautiful smile?”

It’s February and that means it National Children’s Dental Health Awareness month. This month, the American Dental Association (ADA) holds a month-long national dental health observance. Its goal is to bring together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good ...

Posted on February 07, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Paul Wine

3 steps moms can take to get some me time every week

Self-care. It’s a necessity to being the best caregiver you can be to your children. But it’s a low priority for many parents who wear multiple hats to maintain a career (even as Chief Executive Mom), maintain the household, and raise healthy, happy, and well-balanced children.

Confession: I have been there multiple times. Albeit passive-aggressively, but definitely there. I know you may be thinking, “How can I possibly fit in one more thing in an already overcommitted schedule?” But i...

Posted on November 08, 2018 at 2:26 PM by Nicole Walker