Infants/Toddlers

Double The Fun! What To Know About Raising Twins

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                         Above: Lucas and Zachary Tesler, Dr. Deborah V. Tesler’s identical twins As every parent knows, taking care of a newborn is totally amazing, deeply fulfilling, often frightening…and thoroughly exhausting. And that’s just for one baby. What about two?!! At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we have

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9 Ways To Have A Healthy Pregnancy Over 35

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What started out as a trend several years ago has now become common practice: Many women are waiting until later in life—their 30s, 40s, even 50s—to have children. Not only are they marrying later but in many cases, they want to earn a post-graduate degree or become established in their careers before having a family.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tick Bites and How to Prevent Lyme Disease

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As we begin to enjoy the warmer weather of spring and summer with our children, many of our patients and parents begin to worry about ticks and Lyme disease. There continues to be a lot of research to better understand Lyme disease, but there is also a lot of misinformation on the internet and social

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Although There Are More Stay-At-Home Dads These Days, They Still Struggle With Isolation

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According to a June 2018 article in The New York Times, the number of men in the United States who are full-time, stay-at-home dads has risen steadily in recent years, from a million or so in 1984 to roughly double that in 2014. Similarly, a study from the Pew Research Center reveals that 17% of all

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4 Reasons To Let Your Child’s Fever Run Its Course

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, one health issue that can cause concerned parents to call us in a panic is when their child has a fever. Quite understandably, they want to know if they should simply make their child comfortable, give lots of fluids and wait it out, or whether it’s a sign of something serious

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10 Best Ways To Help Your Toddler Fall Asleep

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Did you know that once toddlers reach the age of two, they’ve typically spent more time asleep than awake? And not only do those hours spent sleeping give tired moms, dads and caretakers a much-needed break, they’re also crucial for toddlers’ mental and physical development. Most of the growing children do is while they are

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Do Vaccinations Cause Autism? NO, And Here’s Why

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Strange how history repeats itself In 1998, a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent research paper in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, suggesting that the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine was increasing autism in British children. Because a number of parents believed this now-discredited theory and chose not to immunize their children, an outbreak of measles occurred

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Are You Sure Your Child Is Allergic To Penicillin? He/She May Not Be.

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Allergists have long known that penicillin “allergy” is often over-diagnosed. As outlined in a recent study referenced by The New York Times, at least 95% of patients can tolerate penicillins despite a previous history of allergy. This is quite important clinically since penicillin products are often safer and more effective than other more expensive antibiotics.

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Too Much, Too Little, Just Right? How To Know If You’re Giving Your Child The Right Dose

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Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, a common issue that we see is parents not knowing the correct dose of medicine to give their child, particularly with over-the-counter medications. They often don’t know the difference between measurements in teaspoons, mL’s or cc’s, and may not want to admit that they don’t understand. Or if it is

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The Secret to Good Behavior in Your Toddler? Self-Confidence.

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we get lots of questions from parents of toddlers who want to know how to “improve” their child’s behavior, especially regarding how they interact with their peers on playdates and at preschool. Our answer? After many decades of helping parents raise their infants and toddlers, we’ve found that what most affects toddlers’

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