Health Blog

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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Car Seat Safety

January 3, 2015

Car seats Keeping your child safe in the car is an important aspect of parenting from the day you bring your infant home from the hospital. Since motor vehicle crashes represent the leading cause of death for children under the age of 3 years in the U.S. as well make up a substantial portion of […]

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A Big North Suburban Thank You

October 12, 2014

As we inaugurate our blog, it seems appropriate to start with an immense thank you to the families who have made North Suburban Pediatrics a very special place for two generations. We are ever mindful of the trust you place in us and deeply grateful for the privilege of caring for your children. You challenge […]

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