Back To School
NJPNI welcomes all students, teachers, and families back to school! Let’s have a safe and healthy 2022-2023 school year! If your child needs an appointment after hours, or on weekends, please ask us about CONCIERGE services available for special situations. We will do our best to accommodate! Please call and ask about after hours appointments and concierge services if you have special needs! (973)326-9000
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What is a cephalohematoma?
Cephalo (head) hematoma (blood clot) is a blood clot related to a difficult delivery of a baby. This can happen with NORMAL vaginal deliveries. This situation happens when some blood vessels under the skin tear or pop open, causing a "contained" blood clot.
We see hundreds of babies with cephalohematomas every year, in our office. 99% of the blood clots "dissipate" or go away with time, gentle massage and warm compresses. We monitor these babies over a few months.
CALCIFIED cephalohematomas are calcified clots, that did NOT go away. ONLY if they are very large, disfiguring, or if they cause severe torticollis, head turning, or other problems, do we ever consider surgery.
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Head Injury in Children
Childhood head trauma is one of the most common problems that pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and pediatric neurosurgeons see every year. We see babies that fall off a bed or off a couch. We see toddlers who fall down the stairs. We see kids who fell off their bike or scooter. Please take the extra time to think about your kids and their brains. Many accidents can be avoided with preventive measures. If your child had a head injury and you need your child to be seen quickly, just call us! We can usually get your child seen within 24 hours or sooner if it is an emergency! Just call us at 973-326-9000.
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Ask the Expert: The Common Infant Disorder Every Parent Should Know About
From diagnosis to treatment, an expert at the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute explains plagiocephaly BY TATIANA SIKORSKYJ, APN, RNFA Published: June 23, 2022 What is plagiocephaly? Plagiocephaly (sometimes called deformational plagiocephaly or positional plagiocephaly) is a common and treatable disorder in infants. Plagiocephaly develops when an infant’s soft skull becomes flattened in one area due to prolonged pressure on that part of the head. Many babies develop plagiocephaly by sleeping regularly in one position. There are other types of plagiocephaly, some of which are caused by a serious condition called craniosynostosis. In craniosynostosis, the deformity is caused by premature closure of the fibrous joints (“sutures”) between the bones of the infant. Treatment for plagiocephaly usually includes special exercises, physical therapy, varying sleep position or wearing corrective helmets. Click here for the complete article – https://www.njfamily.com/the-common-infant-disorder-every-parent-should-know-about/
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Ask the Expert: Cerebral Palsy, Toe-Walking, and Spasticity: How to Help the Whole Child
Why treating the whole child with CP requires understanding the brain BY CATHERINE MAZZOLA, MD Published: May 6, 2022 Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood, according to Capute and Accardo’s Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in Infancy and Childhood. Babies born prematurely, or with very low birth weight, are at higher risk of developing CP, as compared to normal birth weight babies delivered at term, according to TK. The term “Cerebral Palsy” has Latin and Greek origins. The word “cerebral” comes from the Latin word for brain.  The word “palsy” comes from the Greek word for paralysis, which literally means “loosen,” from the word paralyein, and its roots para (beside) and lyein (to loosen or untie).  Children with cerebral palsy often have a muscle weakness or abnormality caused by brain injury. Click here for the complete article - https://www.njfamily.com/ask-the-expert-cerebral-palsy-toe-walking-and-spasticity-how-to-help-the-whole-child/
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SAVE THE DATE!! - 11th Annual Gala 2022
SAVE THE DATE!! - 11th Annual Gala 2022 Donating to the event helps in supporting Kid Around the World!! Craniofacial differences can have an impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of children around the world. We strive to provide children and their families the care and support they need to overcome these obstacles Join us for a night filled with fun, great presentations, and your chance to win some great gift baskets, silent auction items or 50/50 raffle! All donations help to support the NJ Craniofacial Center on their next mission trip! Buy Tickets or Donate Here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nj-craniofacial-center-gala-tickets-299490091927?aff=erelexpmlt
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SPRINGTIME IS HERE!!!
It’s finally here! SPRNGTIME and good weather, baseball and softball, and more outdoor activities. Please make sure your children are wearing helmets on their bikes, scooters, roller blades, and other rides. If your child has a head injury, remember RICE. Rest, ice the bump or area, compression if there is bleeding, and elevate the head. Please seek an evaluation from a physician if your child has any concerning symptoms like worsening headache, vomiting, slurring of speech, memory issues, blurry vision, or any other neurological problem.
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March 2022 Newsletter - National Nutrition Month
March 2022 Newsletter - National Nutrition Month NJPNI NOW HAS A NUTRITIONIST ON STAFF! Headaches & Nutrition. Magnesium is one of those Neurology super-nutrients. Magnesium is great for preventing headaches. It's also very helpful in treating symptoms of ADHD, tics, and anxiety. Getting more magnesium through nutrition is key!
   
NJPNI NOW HAS A NUTRITIONIST ON STAFF! Click Here to Make an Appointment Today
Headaches & Nutrition
Magnesium is one of those Neurology super-nutrients. Magnesium is great for preventing headaches. It's also very helpful in treating symptoms of ADHD, tics, and anxiety. Getting more magnesium through nutrition is key!
Here's what you can do (drink-wise) to help end a migraine. Water, water, water!!!! If you are a tea person, go with ginger or peppermint tea. Ginger ale and coconut water are two other options.
Here are a few heavy-hitters for causing migraines. Eliminating triggers helps to bring down the frequency and intensity of migraines, but it may not completely eliminate them.
Brain Boosting Foods for Kids
Nutrition can be so complex, so we are going to break it down for you! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kids need omega-3 fatty acids for brain function and development. Additionally, they suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help manage psychological and behavioral conditions. It is important for focusing!
Omega-3s are “essential” fatty acids that our bodies need but can’t make on their own. We must rely on our diet to get enough of them.

Here is a list of some delicious, brain-boosting snacks that may positively affect your child’s cognitive processes, emotions, and give them the very best chance to live their happiest lives.

  • Avocado Toast - Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that improve our cognitive function and lower inflammation. Pair that with whole-grain gluten-free bread, drizzle a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper and you have a tasty brain-boosting snack.
  • Tuna Salad with Whole-Grain Gluten-Free Crackers - Tuna is a great option for (healthy) fatty fish. Pair it with some whole-grains for a perfect mid-day snack!
  • Green Smoothie - Smoothies can be a great way to get in some extra fruits and vegetables into our day. Add some nut-butter, avocado, chia or flaxseed for an added omega-3 and vitamin E boost. For our picky eaters, you can try freezing them in popsicle molds for a fun, refreshing twist!
  • Kale Chips - Green, leafy vegetables are loaded with so many wonderful vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E. What better way to eat them than in chip form! Just toss them in some olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Apple Slices with Almond Butter (or any nut butter of your liking!) - Apples are rich in many vitamins and minerals, and almond butter, is rich in vitamin E and omega-3’s, which can help slow the release of naturally occurring sugar and prevent a blood sugar spike.
  • Homemade Trail Mix - You can mix and match different dried fruits with nuts and seeds of your choice. Add some cacao nibs for another antioxidant boost.
Lastly, a BIG welcome to our new Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Heather Weiner! Make an appt with her TODAY!
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Properly Treating ADHD Requires a “Whole-Child” Approach
Why treating the whole child requires addressing all his or her problems, not just ADHD. BY DR. JEFFREY KORNITZER Published: November 13, 2021 It’s not just your imagination. The diagnosis of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) has been steadily increasing over recent decades. In New Jersey, nearly 6 percent of children aged 4-17 years old are diagnosed with ADHD. While scientists and epidemiologists work to sort out the causes, many parents are left to deal with the reality: a child with ADHD. For many parents of a child with ADHD, the word “treatment” often triggers an image of a child becoming zombie-like on medication. Parents cannot be blamed for such an intrinsic reaction. Media images of ADHD and treatment of ADHD have been demonstrably biased, providing low-quality and poorly sourced information. Check out the full article here - https://www.njfamily.com/properly-treating-adhd-requires-a-whole-child-approach/
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Broken Promises to the People of Newark
Check out this article by Rosy C. Franklin, Ryan A. Behmer Hansen, Jean M. Pierce, Diomedes J. Tsitouras and Catherine A. Mazzola - "Broken Promises to the People of Newark: A Historical Review of the Newark Uprising, the Newark Agreements, and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Commitments to Newark" - https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/4/2117
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