Why Well-Child Visits Are So Important

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When your child is sick, you know to take him or her to the pediatrician. But here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to make sure parents know that it’s just as important to take your child to the doctor when he/she is well, too. After age two or three, your child should have an

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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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8 Signs That Your Child Might Have Type 1 Diabetes

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Has your child been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? If so, don’t panic. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we have many patients with this condition and are very experienced at helping parents learn how to cope with this challenging chronic disease, as well as teaching our patients (when old enough) to manage it themselves. What we

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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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Does My Child Have Celiac Disease?

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Over the last several years, you may have noticed that a lot more people, especially kids, are gluten-sensitive or gluten-intolerant, or have been diagnosed with celiac disease. Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we get a lot of questions from parents about this. They may have noticed that their child has frequent headaches, skin rashes, stomach

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How Can I Protect My Child From Strangers Online?

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The internet can be a valuable resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, get information, learn facts, communicate with teachers and their friends, and play interactive games. But the internet can also pose dangerous hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might initiate an online search for “Lego.” But with just one typo, “Lego”

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Best Ways To Treat Headaches in Children

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Headaches can occur in pediatric patients, just as they do in adults. The most common causes of headaches in children are viral illnesses, stress, fatigue and migraines. Rarely are headaches a sign of a much more serious illness. If your child’s headache is associated with a high fever, rash or vomiting, you should see your

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