North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second in a series of free monthly “Positive Parenting Workshops” in conjunction with Cohen Children’s Medical Center, part of Northwell Health, formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Each workshop will be held at the Guidance Center’s Marks Family Right from the Start Center, located at 80 North Service Rd. of the Long Island Expressway, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. A pediatrician from Northwell Health will speak at each workshop and also take questions from the audience.
The March 8 workshop is titled “Feeding Difficulties: When to get picky about picky eaters.” It will focus on how to help parents determine if their child’s resistance to certain foods is a behavioral issue or if there might be a medical reason causing the problem.
“Many parents complain that their children are picky eaters, but it’s often difficult for a parent to know if their child is just being ‘fussy’ or if there may be an underlying medical condition,” says Dr. Toni Webster, assistant professor of pediatrics, division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Northwell Health. “Some issues that come up frequently in my practice involve issues such as abdominal pain, lactose intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastro-related issues that might be creating what appears to be finicky behavior.”
Dr. Reena Nandi, director of psychiatric services at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, is excited about the free monthly positive parenting workshop series and the wide range of important topics it will cover for parents with children of all ages. The March 8 series will cover universal issues that all parents deal with,” she said. “Helping discover if your child is simply fussy about their food choices or has a medical issue is of critical importance to their well-being.”
The April 12 workshop will cover orthopedic issues, including how to protect your child from sports-related injuries. Visit www.northshorechildguidance.org for more information.