How Baby-Led Weaning Encourages Your Baby to Transition to Solid Food

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Lately, several of my patients have asked me about baby-led weaning. To be honest, at first I thought, “baby-led what?”, but then I did some research and have become very interested in this newer approach to feeding babies from 6 months of age and onward. In the United States, “weaning” means the cessation of breastfeeding.

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Are Tanning Beds Safe? No And Here’s Why.

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No matter how splashy and seductive the ads promoting tanning salons may be, artificial tanning machines are not safe, and we at Westchester Health Pediatrics do not recommend them. Tanning beds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation which is a significant risk factor for skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In fact, people

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What CPR Do I Need to Know For My Baby?

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For parents, one of the scariest health events is when their baby stops breathing. What do you do? Should you administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)? How much time do you have? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we hope you’ll never have to use CPR for your infant or child, but in case you do, it’s very important

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How To Stay Safe While Playing Spring Sports

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Whether you’re into soccer, skateboarding, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field or a host of other warm weather sports, spring is a great time of year to be outdoors after a long, cold winter. Spring sports are also a terrific way to stay fit and enjoy being active with friends and family. Keep in

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Does Your Child Need Ear Tubes? 3 Ways To Know.

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If you have young children, you’re probably familiar with ear aches, ear infections and fluid build-up in the middle ear, all of which can cause pain, crying, fussiness and more than a few sleepless nights, for everyone. Ear problems like these cause many of our parents here at Westchester Health Pediatrics to ask us if

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What Is SIDS and How Can I Protect My Baby?

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One of the most devastating things parents (and pediatricians) have to go through is losing a baby to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). To do everything we can to prevent this, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics offer this information to educate parents about SIDS so that we can lower, and hopefully eliminate completely, the risk of

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When Should I Take My Child to the ER?

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we know that parents have a natural tendency to fear the worst when it comes to their children’s illnesses or injuries, often rushing them off to the ER for a minor scrape or sinus infection when they would have been better served at their pediatrician’s office where we personally know their

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Best Tips for Fighting—and Reversing—Childhood Obesity

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Every week at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we see patients who are overweight and obese, and parents who are anxious and worried. And they’re not alone. In the past 30 years, the number of overweight children in the US has tripled, and it is now estimated that one in five children is overweight (18.5%). Given these numbers,

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How Dangerous Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping?

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Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is just not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—a highly addictive drug—into your body. What exactly are e-cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered smoking devices often designed to look and feel like regular cigarettes. They work by

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Yes, Your Child Should Still Get A Flu Shot

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You may have seen it in the news or read it online but here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to emphasize that this is a particularly bad year for the flu — one of the worst in years — and if your child has not yet gotten a flu shot, he/she really should. According

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