Arlington Pediatrics Newsletter
APRIL 2014
Parents Are Talking...

"Your practice is outstanding! From the beginning, we have been very pleased with the level of care and attention we have received. Everything from bedside care, child interaction, taking time to answer questions and the follow-up has been awesome. We tell everyone who has kids how much we enjoy our relationship with our pediatrician(s)."
Managing Your Adolescent's Behavior

On March 15, APL sponsored a talk given by Lizzie Schwartz, LCSW, an Illinois licensed psychotherapist whose specialty is children and adolescents. Lizzie covered teen development and parenting styles and then facilitated a Q&A from the audience.

During the one-hour talk to a packed house, Ms. Schwartz covered things to think about when dealing with adolescents: managing your own expectations of them, maintaining closeness while allowing freedoms, showing empathy, and modeling the behavior you expect. Teens are struggling with self-esteem and trying to figure out who they are in relation to their parents. Teens need to know that they can come to you as a resource when they need you. "Empathizing with our teens and respecting them is crucial," said Schwartz.

Lizzie also pointed out how technology and alcohol use influences behavior. Appropriate consequences for behaviors are important aspects to consider when raising your teen. Ask open-ended questions, set clear expectations, and instill values instead of control. Remind them that if there are issues that need changing, things can change because there are resources to help them.

Elizabeth Schwartz, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Park Ridge, IL, with Marlee Hasson LCSW & Associates. Elizabeth treats children, adolescents, and adults, and specializes in working with children and adolescents struggling with behavioral issues, ADHD, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. For more information, you can go to or contact Elizabeth directly at 847-562-6376.
Classes For The Whole Family

Check out what's going on at the IBMC, APL's new classroom. Click here to get a list of upcoming classes for the whole family.
Featured Article
How Much toothpaste is the right amount for your Child?

To combat the rising number of cavities (tooth decay) in very young children, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry through extensive investigation and scientific studies have recommended the following:

• For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children's teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice.

• For children 3-6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

The Council stated, "This regimen is intended to maximize the caries-preventive benefits of fluoride, while further reducing the risk of developing fluorosis when compared to the previous recommendations."
Lactation Tips
FAQ: How Soon Can I Offer A Bottle?

Our own Karen Dickert, RN, IBCLC shares her answer to this frequently asked question.
For more information about our lactation services, check out our website:
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Joke Corner
Below are a few jokes we found funny. Let us know if you have any good ones for our next issue.

Q. What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A. A gummy bear!

Q. When does it rain money?
A. When there's change in the weather!

Q. Why did the kid throw the butter out the window?
A. To see the butter fly!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.