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    When Your Neighbor Has a Child with A Disability

    by Nicole on 6/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t want their child to have friends…… be popular, well liked, respected, invited to parties and play dates?  Now put your feet into the shoes of a parent caring for a child with a disability.  That neighbor, that friend, that community member has all the same wishes and dreams for their child whose daily [...]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo is THIS Sunday! Are You Coming?

    by Nicole on 5/31/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We are so excited for the Brooklyn Baby Expo this Sunday June 2nd! It is going to be fun and educational event filled with information and gifts for parents and activities for their children! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you still can! Purchase your tickets here and enter code ACG15off for a discount for [...]


    What are the Best and Safest Insect Repellents?

    by Nicole on 5/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is almost upon us and as we head into warmer weather, I am starting to buy all of our necessary provisions! After our roundup of the best (and safest) sunscreens, we complied a list of some of the least toxic bug and insect repellents on the market with no DEET. Check out some of our top [...]

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    Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn

    by Kim on 5/23/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP is a physician with the Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights Medical Group and has been in practice for 15 years in Brooklyn Heights.  Dr. Turner sent us the below information on a recently reported outbreak of Measles in two neighborhoods in Brooklyn. By Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP The Department [...]


    The Silent Epidemic: Postpartum Depression

    by Nicole on 5/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Postpartum depression was discussed in my birth classes and with my other pregnant mom friends extensively when I was due with my first baby. I felt very educated about it but was anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. I luckily did not suffer from it but I had a few close friends who [...]


    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    by Nicole on 4/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    April 27 is DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provided by AWARxE Consumer Protection Program. I had to opportunity to interview the Executive Director of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation (NABP), Dr. Carmen Catizone to answer some my questions about preventing and handling prescription drug abuse in kids. What are some early prevention techniques parents can use [...]


    March to Save Long Island College Hospital on Sunday

    by Nicole on 4/03/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    SUNY Downstate is moving forward with its’ plans to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill to convert its’ real estate valued at $500 to $800 million into cash to prop up the immense loses at SUNY Downstate. According to the Cobble Hill Association, proposed closure of this hospital represents a grave danger [...]

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    Is It Safe To Share Breast Pumps?

    by Nicole on 4/01/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was nursing I was so dependent on my breast pump. I had the Medela Freestyle and because I had to schlep it back and forth from work for a couple of years, it was the perfect one for me for its size. I replaced the tubing a few times, but other than that [...]


    Lithium Cell Batteries: A Real Hazard

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    At the beginning of parenthood there is nothing more challenging than policing everything that goes in your child’s mouth.  There are hazards everywhere: coins, game pieces, paperclips and now, an increasingly serious danger: lithium cell batteries. I kind of freaked out after I found this NY Times article and promptly pulled started hunting around the house for [...]


    Common Childhood Rashes

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Katie Porterfield of baby gooroo has given us the 411 on all things rashes and skin aliments! It’s upsetting when your soft-skinned baby or toddler is suddenly covered with an angry red rash. The first time it happens, you’ll likely call your child’s pediatrician in a bit of a panic, but you’ll soon discover that rashes [...]

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    What If My Child Skips Crawling?

    by Nicole on 3/15/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    This was the running conversation with my mom when my children were just starting to be mobile. “Are they crawling yet? Because you know if they skip crawling it might lead to developmental problems.” I don’t know if this is an old wives’ tale or not so I decided to find some answers. I asked [...]


    Which Birth Control Now? Finished, Waiting, Not Sure.

    by Nicole on 2/28/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I had my children back to back…20 months apart. We were always planning on having two children but my second was a bit of a surprise. He was conceived while I was breastfeeding and on the min-pill! So, on my first visit to the OB/GYN office after I gave birth to my second, my midwife’s [...]


    Car Sick? Symptoms and How To Prevent and Treat

    by Nicole on 2/26/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you don’t have a child that gets motion sickness or car sickness, count yourself one of the lucky ones. The rest of us worry about “that look”, that queasy look: pale grey face, open mouth, cold sweat and….STOP! There are ways to work with motions sickness, from the traditional advice of: “open the window” to “ginger [...]


    Free Breast Pumps. Really?

    by Nicole on 1/28/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      Breast pumps, breast pumps, get your free breast pumps! Within the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is a provision requiring insurance companies to cover breast pumps and visits to lactation consultants at no cost to the patient. This makes me wonder how hospitals and OBGYN’s will change their approach to breastfeeding and the support [...]

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    The Flu: Separating Fact from Fiction

    by Kim on 1/21/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    In the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard a lot of talk and seen many discussions on our neighborhood virtual groups about this year being a “bad flu season”.  Being the skeptic that I often am, I thought I’d bypass the hype and go straight to our expert pediatrician, Dr. Hugh Gilgoff, to get his [...]


    News! LICH Pediatrics is Moving….Drs. Gilgoff, Aronov, Messinger, Turner

    by Nicole on 12/20/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Gilgoff is our Expert Pediatrician on the site: he has given us all advice on everything from fever to the new dosing instructions for Acetaminophen. Today, we have a more personal post from Dr. Gilgoff. His practice, LICH Pediatrics, is moving from Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to Mt. Sinai in Brooklyn Heights.  Mt. [...]


    My Son Almost Severed his Finger so I Want to Pass This on…..

    by Nicole on 11/14/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    Last summer, we were playing soccer with some friends at a local park when a 6 year-old bike rider, when faced with crashing into a bench versus my son, chose my son.  I didn’t see or hear the crash. I was halfway across the soccer field feeding our infant daughter when I heard someone yelling [...]


    Get Your Free Flu Shot

    by Nicole on 10/12/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you have been wanting to get the flu shot but been putting it off- congratulate yourself! You procrastination has paid off! This Monday and Tuesday, NY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital is offering free flu shots. All you have to do is call to schedule an appointment and you’re in. The flu shots [...]


    Is Face Painting Dangerous?

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    It seems like every children’s event these days has an arts and crafts table with a face painter.  But, is that face paint safe? Two years ago, I did a post on face paint and the report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where researchers tested 10 different face painting kits, all commonly found [...]


    Mouth Breathing, Runny Nose, Sinus Issues? Could it Be….?

    by Nicole on 9/27/12 | 7 Comment(s)

    My dear friend, L., was kind enough to agree to post about her family’s long journey with her son’s language delays and how it related to enlarged adenoids.  What a lovely, giving gesture she has done by writing down her story for this blog and I am extremely grateful.  She and I both hope it [...]


    Toxic Chemicals Found in School Supplies

    by Nicole on 9/05/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    I love the site Healthy Child Healthy World which publishes fabulous articles, initiates petitions and political action to try and make the world a cleaner, safer place for families. You should definitely sign up for their email alerts. I got a newsletter from them the other day about toxins found in childrens’ school supplies and [...]


    Urgent Care Facilities in Brooklyn: Which Ones are the Best?

    by Nicole on 8/08/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    A new urgent care center in Park Slope has been getting very good reviews on the parent list serves and on Yelp. Premier Care of Park Slope has been getting kudos for efficient and thoughtful care for everything from sore throats to broken arms.  I’m glad to have another urgent care center to include in [...]


    Why You Should Stop Using Anything With Triclosan

    by Nicole on 6/18/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Triclosan, the chemical used in a variety of products, including soaps, mouthwashes, dish detergents, toothpastes, deodorants and hand sanitizers, is coming under scrutiny once again.  We referenced the New York Times article about it last year as a potential danger for children and adults, but in reality, Triclosan has been a concern for decades.  Several [...]


    Do You Have a Child with Celiac? Local Support

    by Nicole on 5/24/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Managing a diet for kids with Celiac disease isn’t easy, especially when you have vendors like Domino’s trying to cash in on the gluten-free diet with pizza crust that isn’t actually recommended for those with celiac disease. So, how do you figure out how to avoid the protein gluten? What is celiac? From Mayo Clinic: [...]


    Do You Have A Tooth Grinder In Your Home?

    by Nicole on 4/25/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Have you ever heard your child grind her teeth or seen her clench her jaw? I heard my son grinding his teeth the other night and wondered if he was going to have any baby teeth left! I cringed: was he under stress at just 5 years old?! Medically, this gesture is called “Bruxism”.  Just [...]