Health Blog

Ten Tips for Parents of Twins

August 5, 2015

If you have twins, or just found out you are having twins, CONGRATULATIONS!! This can be an overwhelming and exciting thing to hear from your doctor, or in my and my husband’s case, the ultrasound technician. Here are my top ten parenting tips as a twin parent and pediatrician to many twin families. Expect a […]

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After 60 years in pediatrics, Dr. Burnstine is retiring

July 16, 2015

Dear patients, colleagues, and friends, After over 60 years in pediatrics, 54 of them in practice on the North Shore, I have decided to retire as of September 30th and will see patients until that date. It has been a distinct honor and pleasure to care for these many children and young adults over the […]

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Water Safety

July 1, 2015

WATER! Essential for life.  Quintessential for summer fun. Most of our earth is covered with it. Most of your body is made up of it. The beach!  The pool! Sprinklers and water balloons! Summer beckons us to the water like honey bees to wildflowers and yet we need to be respectful of this life-giving and […]

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Fun in the Sun!

June 2, 2015

Sun exposure, as with all things in pediatrics, is helpful in small doses but harmful in excess.  Sunlight, in addition to containing waves that make up visible light also contains ultraviolet (or “UV”) light, with shorter wavelengths. UVA and UVB light waves penetrate the ozone layer and reach the earth’s surface (and your child’s skin). […]

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Sleep Training, Part 1: A Path to Success

May 1, 2015

As a parent and pediatrician, I know that sleep is a valued commodity. Hopefully, the following advice will make your parental road less bumpy. The earlier you start the process of training, the better, but you can attempt this too early and become very frustrated. In the first 2-3 months of life, an infant simply […]

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After 50 years in practice, Dr. Downey is retiring

April 3, 2015

To our Patients: I have decided to fully retire on June 30, 2015, after fifty joyful years at North Suburban Pediatrics. It has been my honor and pleasure to have cared for so many children, young adults and their families, often from two, and occasionally three generations. I will miss you. You will be in good and […]

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Vaccines: The Real Numbers

March 2, 2015

I love my job as a pediatrician and I know that there is no better job for me. I love talking to families about sleep patterns and development. I enjoy watching kids grow from newborn babies into big kids going off to camp or college. But the most important thing I do for my patients’ […]

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Measles Update

February 7, 2015

Due to the recent measles cases in the Chicago area, we wanted to provide some information regarding measles and the MMR vaccine. Measles Symptoms Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and […]

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Aw, Nuts!

February 2, 2015

“Mommy, my mouth hurts”.  My 2 year old daughter was just finishing up her dessert (7-Layer bars from Cook’s Illustrated – they’re awesome) and my first thought was that she’d bitten her tongue. A quick look in her mouth turned up nothing and I didn’t give it a second thought. She got up from the […]

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