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Preventing Choking in Young Children

By Dinah Torres Castro There are many things parents and caregivers can do to prevent young children from choking while eating. The best thing anyone can do is to simply be there and be mindful of what the child is doing as he or she eats. It is also recommended that the adults make sure […]

Virtual Playdates: How technology is changing the face of young friends

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Technology has revolutionized the experience of childhood these days. Screen time is a hotly debated topic, but can screens be used to promote social interactions when face to face interactions are not possible? What about using technology to enhance and broaden your child’s socialization skills? Nothing should ever replace real […]

Understanding Teens and their Social Needs during the Corona Virus

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. Social isolation is hard for all of us. We are social beings, and human interaction brings us pleasure and promotes our sense of health and well-being. During this time of Covid-19, many families are quarantined together. This is helpful for those who enjoy harmonious relationships. For teen-aged children, however, being […]

Everything is canceled!

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Within mere weeks, our entire world has been upended. We have been told to shelter in place and remain at least 6 feet apart from others. Wash hands and wear masks. With these new guidelines for living in place, everything in our world has been canceled, with all “normal” events […]

Overloaded with Covid-19 News?

by Erica Posniak, MD Breaking News! This familiar and inviting alert flashes across our televisions, smart phones and computers 24 hours a day. It calls us and it’s difficult to resist. After all, it might be telling us there is new information we need to know in order to survive. Especially during a pandemic, we […]

Beat the Heat During Pregnancy!

By Laura Keiley, RN Being pregnant is hard work, especially during the hot summer months. Because your body works so hard to protect and nourish your baby, you are more likely to experience negative effects from the heat than someone who isn’t pregnant. Your body is trying hard to cool itself and your unborn baby, […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Anxiety in Children

By Cara Weiner Sultan, MSW Since 1949, National Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May. The goal of this initiative is to bring attention to mental health through education, media, local events, and screenings. The hope is to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and embrace the notion that mental health is […]

Spotting Sneaky Sugar

By Cristina F. Toscano, RD What do tomato sauce, yogurt, cereal, ketchup, soup, and even protein bars have in common? They are all examples of foods that often contain large amounts of added sugar. In fact, sugar is added to a whopping 74% of packaged foods sold in supermarkets. We know that excess sugar intake […]

Healthy Fats

By Ruchi Shah, MS, RD, CDN One component of a heart healthy diet is healthy/good fats. When thinking of fats, we think of foods that are not good for us. In fact, about 20-35% of our calories should come from fat. There are good fats and bad fats. We should consume good fats, also known […]

Poison Alert for Parents and Grandparents during Covid

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, families live in close quarters, day in and day out. Grandparents have been enlisted to care for their young and school-age grandchildren all day or night if their parents are essential workers. Children are under foot and into everything. What can these conditions […]

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