Infants/Toddlers

Best Ways To Avoid Tick-Borne Diseases

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In the United States, a variety of ticks carry pathogens that can cause human illness and disease, beyond just Lyme disease. Below is a list of the tick-borne diseases specific to the Northeast, as that is where our offices are located and where most of our readers live. Diseases and illnesses carried by ticks Lyme

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Tips For Surviving Toddler Tantrums

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If there’s anything that might make parents regret having children, it’s tantrums. While tantrums are a normal part of child development and a natural response to anger, disappointment, frustration and a host of other strong emotions, they can be really hard to deal with, especially in a public place. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve dealt

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How To Protect Yourself Against Meningitis, A Very Serious Disease

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Meningococcal disease: a very dangerous form of meningitis Meningitis is a very serious, possibly fatal, disease. Several different bacteria can cause meningitis but one very virulent strain, meningococcal disease, is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. This strain of meningitis could lead to an infection of the blood or lining of the brain and spinal cord.

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Video: Most Up-to-Date Information On Zika Virus

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In this very informative 27-minute video, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Physician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, and Tiffany Werbin-Silver, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Westchester Health Associates, discuss the Zika virus, how it is contracted, how to avoid getting it, and how to get tested for it. Dr. Alan Siegel of Health iQ is the host. To

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Pediatricians’ Top Tips For a Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

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“What should I eat while breastfeeding?” “Should I be taking vitamins?” “How many calories per day should I be eating?” At Westchester Health Pediatrics, these are questions we hear a lot from our expecting moms. To help put their minds at ease (when they’ve got so many other things to think about with a baby

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How To Cope With Postpartum Depression

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You’ve just given birth to a wonderful, healthy baby and everyone’s ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. Are you having mood swings and bouts of unexplainable crying? Are you anxious, sad, irritable or unable to sleep? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you may be experiencing the “baby blues,” also known

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How to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

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One of the hardest things a pediatrician ever has to deal with is losing a baby we have cared for to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Yes, the parents are devastated, but we are greatly affected too. To do everything we can to prevent SIDS, we offer these guidelines for reducing the risks of this

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How To Know If Your Baby Is Developing In a Healthy Way

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If you’re a first-time parent, you’ve probably got lots of questions, and at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re ready with lots of answers. One of the most common questions we hear from our new parents is, “Is my baby developing normally?” While there are wide variations of what is considered “normal,” we like to pass along

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Keeping the Peace: How to Manage Sibling Rivalry

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If you have more than one child, chances are you’re experiencing the stress and frustration of sibling rivalry, like many of our parents. Despite your best attempts at harmony, brothers and sisters (or brothers and brothers, or sisters and sisters) seem to incessantly fight over toys, tattle on one another, argue, tease and compete for

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6 Facts You Need To Know About Poison Ivy

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“Leaves of three, let it be.” For generations we’ve heard this regarding poison ivy, and guess what? It’s true! Due to the fact that poison ivy is so common — it’s in every U.S. state except Alaska, Hawaii and parts of the West Coast — we at Westchester Health Pediatrics feel it’s important at this

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