Infants/Toddlers

What To Do When Your Toddler Is The Bully

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It’s one of the phone calls parents of toddlers dread: to come pick up their child from preschool because he/she is bullying another child and is being sent home. Although most parents immediately blame themselves, even the most well-mannered kids can bully. There are a number of reasons why one child bullies another. The good news

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Is There a Reason NOT to Vaccinate Your Child?

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The simple answer is NO!!! Because children still get vaccine-preventable diseases, it’s more important than ever to understand the benefits and risks of vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases. You never know when your child may have been exposed to a disease or was immune to an exposure because of his/her vaccine-induced immunity. Get your child vaccinated!

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What’s The Best Way To Care For My Baby’s Umbilical Cord?

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Hooray! You’ve made it through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and now you have a new little wonderful bundle of joy in your life. If you’re a first-time parent, you’re finding out (fast) about all the tasks that come along with that wonderful bundle: feeding, diapering, burping, swaddling…and that’s just the beginning! It can all seem

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Swaddling 101: How To Properly Swaddle Your Baby

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While parents have been swaddling their babies for centuries (wrapping them snugly in a blanket), the technique takes a certain amount of skill and practice to master. But don’t be daunted! Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve helped hundreds of parents (especially first-time ones) get the hang of it, and we’re ready to help you,

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What Do I Do If I Get Sick While I’m Pregnant?

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Getting sick is never fun, but getting sick while you’re pregnant is even worse. Not only are you more tired and have more aches and pains as your body adjusts to carrying a growing baby, but your immune system is weakened. This is actually a good thing since it keeps your body from fighting off the

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How Much Weight Should I Gain During My Pregnancy?

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Contrary to popular belief, when you’re expecting, you really don’t need to “eat for two.” Yes, you do need to consume extra calories for your growing baby, but the average pregnant woman only needs about 300 more calories a day than before she was pregnant in order to gain the correct amount of weight. To

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How Can I Know If My Toddler Is Developing Normally?

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One minute your baby is cooing and gurgling and spitting up, and the next, he or she is a toddler, pulling a wagon and throwing tantrums. Where did the time go? The toddler years, generally between 13 months and 3 years, are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development, characterized by almost daily

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What Are The 3 Stages of Labor?

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If you’re expecting a baby (especially if it’s your first), you’ve probably heard the words, “Every woman’s labor is unique” from a friend, co-worker, midwife or physician, and then they proceed to tell you exactly how your labor and delivery is going to go. While we don’t want to be one more voice telling you

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How To Know If You Have A Healthy, Well-Functioning Family

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Healthy parenting comes from a healthy family, and vice versa As everyone knows, there is no perfect family, or even a normal one. And yet, while families come in all combinations of sizes, ages, genders and colors, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics have seen over the years that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:

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Now That You’ve Made It Through The Terrible 2s, Here’s How To Survive The Even More Terrible 3s.

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, what we hear from many of our parents of toddlers is that as bad as the “terrible 2s” were, the “terrible 3s” are even worse. They turn to us for help, advice and guidance…and they need it now! We get it. We’re parents too, and somehow we managed to live through the

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