Kids

Realistic Tips For Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

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Is your child constantly on his/her phone? iPad? iPod? Laptop? Are you worried about the effects that hours of screen time might be having on your child’s eyesight, sociability or emotional health? Do you sometimes wish you could throw all the gadgets out the window and go back to the 19th century? At Westchester Health

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It’s That Time Again! Our Best Back-to-School Tips

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Wow, where did the summer go! Is it really time to start school again? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we feel the same way. We’re parents too and feel the same pangs of anxiety, and relief, as many of our patients’ parents when school rolls around every year. Is my child ready for a new year,

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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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Westchester Health Pediatrics Strongly Supports The LGBTQ Community

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, our fundamental mission is to “provide exceptional medical care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults to age 21.” Furthermore, this commitment to providing the best available healthcare encompasses people of all gender identities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others. At WHP, we feel strongly that gender identity is

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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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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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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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Top 10 Things to Remember When Your Child Has Had a Concussion

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Has your child sustained a bang to the head which has left him/her dizzy and nauseous, maybe with blurry vision and/or a nasty headache? If so, this might mean your child has had a concussion. Concussions are typically caused by a blow or jolt to the head, and result in injury to the brain. For this

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