Car Seat Savvy for Precious Cargo

Chances are that your children will spend a lot of time in the car with you so it’s very important to make sure they’re safely buckled into the right car seat, the right way, according to Gloria Renaud, unit clerk in NorthBay’s obstetric unit, below. She teaches Car Seat Safety to expectant parents, focusing on…
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Keeping Kids Safe in a Challenging World

From knowing how to safely tuck an infant into bed, to dealing with a bully in junior high, how are parents able to keep their children safe in this complicated world? Whether a child is 4, like Jemal Dyson, or 14, parents need to be ever watchful about their changing safety risks, says Dr. Gilbert…
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Find the Right Activity for Your Child’s Age

Dr. Gilbert Chang has noticed parents seem to be signing their children up for sports at earlier and earlier ages. “While it’s a great idea that helps promote a life-long interest in fitness, starting them off too early can lead to injuries.” He recommends that parents help their child find the right activity— whether it’s…
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Childproofing your Home

Even before children begin crawling or walking, Dr. Gilbert Chang advises parents and caregivers to take steps to assure harmful items are out of reach, locked in cabinets or behind doors secured with a safety latch: In the laundry room or kitchen, put away cleaning products, such as bleach, dishwashing and laundry detergents (especially singleuse…
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Take Baby Steps

NorthBay Helps Parents Take ‘Baby Steps’ Parents-to-be and new parents who might be a little nervous about those first three very important years of their child’s life now have a reassuring companion—Baby Steps by NorthBay. NorthBay Healthcare joined forces this summer with a Boston-based health technology company to deliver health education and support from pregnancy…
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Peeking into the NICU

When You Can’t Be There… Cameras Bring Baby Close Leaving your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is always traumatic. Now, thanks to an innovative system called NICView webcam, parents can watch their baby almost 24/7 on their smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer. It’s an emotional roller coaster no parent wants to ride,…
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Sim Lab Gets Upgrade

From Babies to Blood Pressure: Sim Lab Offers High-Tech Training After seven years and more than 700 births—including breach babies, C-sections and twins—Noelle, NorthBay Healthcare’s Simulation Lab mother, is finally retiring, reports Lacy DeQuattro, Simulation Lab program coordinator. Enter Noelle II, a real birthing machine, who literally can deliver on command, under a variety of…
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Precious Time with Lost Angels

Kathy Teeter (left) and Heather Troutt, R.N., clinical manager of Women and Children’s Services, are grateful that generous donors helped purchase the CuddleCots to support grieving families. A baby’s birth is usually a time of joy and celebration, but on rare occasions life can be unexpectedly short and fleeting. Such was the case for Sofia…
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NorthBay Fuels Girls on the Run

Life Coach “Joking Julie” Lyons (center) leads the Fairview Elementary School Girls on the Run team in a lesson on courage on the playground. About 16 girls and several adults sat on plastic mats in a circle on the playground at Fairview Elementary School one warm spring afternoon, listening intently to what “Joking Julie” had…
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Create Healthy Habits When They’re Young

Dr. Michael Ginsberg and a young patient. Anyone who’s seen children on a playground during recess knows physical activity comes naturally to the young. What might be less apparent is that obesity among children has grown dramatically in the past 30 years and that many are not getting the physical activity they need. The Centers…
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