38 episodes

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses pediatric health conditions and parenting concerns in an evidence-based educational podcast aimed at parents and other pediatric healthcare providers. Powered by Kids First Pediatric Partners, one of the leading pediatric practices in the Northshore and located in Skokie, Illinois.
Find us at www.kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 22 Ratings

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses pediatric health conditions and parenting concerns in an evidence-based educational podcast aimed at parents and other pediatric healthcare providers. Powered by Kids First Pediatric Partners, one of the leading pediatric practices in the Northshore and located in Skokie, Illinois.
Find us at www.kidsfirstpediatricpartners.com

    Farewell Episode

    Farewell Episode

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile recounts her birth experience and discusses preeclampsia.  She also wraps up the podcast as she sadly leaves Kids First Pediatric Partners to move out of state with her family

    • 10 min
    Bullying

    Bullying

    Is your child being bullied?  Do you think your child may be the school bully?  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses the different classifications of bullying and what types of behaviors a bully exhibits.  Karen also reviews how children and parents can address bullying to stop the behavior.  Resources for this podcast can be found at:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/bullying
    https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/bullies.html
    https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp
    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Bullying-Its-Not-Ok.aspx

    • 13 min
    Depression with special guest Dr. Denise Gardner, PhD

    Depression with special guest Dr. Denise Gardner, PhD

    Pediatric depression is a relatively common psychiatric condition that can continue episodically into adulthood.  In this podcast episode PNP Karen Gentile talks with Dr. Denise Gardner, a licensed clinical psychologist, about pediatric depression.  The topics reviewed in this episode include:
    Bad mood vs. depression How depression develops Assessing risk and suicidality Can I prevent depression in my child? Can I help my child with depression? How therapy can help with depression Accepting the diagnosis of depression and reducing stigma

    • 42 min
    Vaping and E-Cigarettes

    Vaping and E-Cigarettes

    In this episode Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile discusses vaping.  The FDA has recently declared an epidemic number of pre-teens and teens vaping, similarly the CDC has released new data regarding a very serious and potentially deadly pulmonary disease that is directly linked to vaping and is affecting our youth. In this episode we discuss:
    What is vaping? What are the ingredients in the vape oil? Is it safe for youth? What is the severe pulmonary disease afflicting the country from vaping and could it affect our children? Current statistics on the disease What to do if your child is vaping Resources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0906-vaping-related-illness.html
    https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/products-ingredients-components/vaporizers-e-cigarettes-and-other-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends
    http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/tobacco/e-cigarettes-and-vapes
    https://www.truthinitiative.org/research-resources/emerging-tobacco-products/4-things-parents-need-know-about-juul-and-nicotine
    https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/AAP-JUUL-Factsheet.pdf

    • 17 min
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Do you think your child may have ADHD? In our most recent podcast, Pediatric NP Karen Gentile sits down with psychology intern Edessa Mirzapolos to discuss Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD.  Edessa discusses how this disorder presents in the young child as well as how it is diagnosed.  We review the current treatment options and also explain ways in which parents and teachers can help their child live with and adapt to ADHD throughout their lives.  As a therapy intern Edessa also reviews the benefits of behavioral therapy for treating ADHD.
    Resources: 
    o   Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents by Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
    o   Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare. 
    o   The Whole-Brain CHILD by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
    o   The Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder organization also has a useful website (www.chadd.org)

    • 21 min
    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile is joined today with special guest Carly Lapin, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst and our very own Medical Assistant Patsy Sotelo!  Patsy's son has ASD and she shares her own personal journey with the diagnosis and Carly helps Patsy with some of the challenging issues she faces daily.  In this episode we discuss:
    What is Autism Why does it happen/what causes it? Symptoms Typical age at diagnosis Patsy’s personal experience with her son’s diagnosis Potty training a child with ASD Positive reinforcement techniques Sleep training a child with ASD Food selectivity in a child with ASD Advice for parents with a new diagnosis Carly can be found at Carly@theplaceforchildrenwithautism.com
    https://theplaceforchildrenwithautism.com
    (847) 970-0748

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Anjsingh83 ,

Helpful and succinct!

Super helpful and clear

Niu Bee ,

Not great

Not sure who the intended audience is. Seems overly technical and longhorn for parents but not sufficient for clinicians. The food allergy episode never mentioned “IgE”...

Sissi San ,

Kids First

Listening to this discussion it strikes me how timely and important a topic this is. Having raised two children into adulthood I’m grateful that social media was not in every part of their lives as they were growing. Children are so easily drawn in but don’t have the perspective to protect themselves.
What’s truly scary, as you mentioned Karen, is that adults are falling victim to social media too. I’m no exception. I listened to a fascinating/terrifying lecture that when adults are on social media thinking they are talking to a person or company, they are really talking to computer components that have identified your likes etc. Also, if an adult is at a lecture, for example, and their cell phone is in eyesight, they are less likely to remember what the lecture was about!
Such a great topic! Thanks all.

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