Teens

10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Teen Suicide

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Any parent of a teenager knows how challenging it can be to know what their teen is thinking and feeling. All teens go through a range of emotional ups and downs as a normal part of growing up and dealing with the pressures of school, friends, physical changes, sexual feelings and others’ expectations. However, many

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Does Your Child Have Bulimia?

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In a recent study, one in five 9th graders and two in five 12th graders (high school seniors) admitted to stuffing themselves with food and then forcing themselves to vomit, at least once. In the entire population, one in four U.S. teenagers are believed to binge and purge regularly. This is known as bulimia, often accompanied by

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How Chronic Illness or Disability Affects the Whole Family

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Over the years, one thing we’ve observed here at Westchester Health Pediatrics is that the stress of a child’s serious illness, chronic health condition or disability often causes problems in the family at large, particularly if parents try to deal with their fears, frustrations and exhaustion without support. In some instances, parents become so consumed

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“Head lice? In MY child?” Yes. Here’s What To Do.

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Now that school is back in session, your child is picking up all kinds of new things: reading skills, vocabulary words, friendships, playground games…and head lice. “Head lice? How can that be? We wash her hair every night. And we’re really clean people!” I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve heard this from

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My Child Gets a Lot of Colds. Is There Anything I Can Do?

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Get ready…cold season is on its way. Every year without fail, as soon as the air gets crisp and fall begins to tilt toward winter, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics we get inundated with kids with colds! Your child will probably have more colds (upper respiratory infections) than any other illness throughout his/her early life. In

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How To Treat Vomiting and Warning Signs to Look Out For

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It’s tough enough being a parent but being a parent of a vomiting child often requires superhuman strength. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we often get frantic calls from parents with a child that can’t seem to stop vomiting. They want to know if they should bring the child into the office. Our typical answer is

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6 Best Ways To Avoid Getting Poison Ivy

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A lot of our patients and their families think that summertime is the worst season for contracting poison ivy, but actually it’s highly active 3 out of the 4 seasons: spring, summer and fall. In fact, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics we tend to see a spike in poison ivy cases this time of year (mid to

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The Danger Of Halloween Is Not Tainted Candy, It’s Car Injuries

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With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time that parents and children need to be reminded about how to stay safe while trick-or-treating. Many parents worry about tampered candy and strangers approaching their children on this holiday, but we at Westchester Health Pediatrics want everyone to know that the real danger is injury from

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How To Talk To Your Children About Tragedies In The News

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Recently there have been a lot of tragedies in the news. Whether it is a natural disaster or terrorist/deranged citizen attack, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics encourage parents to discuss these difficult issues with their children, when appropriate. They should, of course, consider the child’s age and developmental stage in deciding what information to share or watch

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Heart Disease: How To Reduce Your Child’s Risk

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Did you know that the beginnings of heart disease can be present in kids as young as 10 years old? If left untreated, these children can go on to develop heart disease in their 40s, 50s or 60s. The good news is that this process can be reversed with weight control, exercise, eating a heart-healthy

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