Parents

Breast Is Best…For Mommies AND Babies

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Breastfeeding has wonderful benefits for you as well as your baby As well as the proven health benefits your baby can gain from breastfeeding, many mothers feel fulfillment and great joy from the physical and emotional bond they experience with their child while nursing. And yet, beyond the emotional satisfaction of breastfeeding, there are many important health

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Smoking And Teenagers: A Very Harmful Combination

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Smoking is on the decline but vaping is on the rise The good news is that the rates for adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. The bad news is that e-cigarette use (vaping) in middle and high school students tripled in 2014. In fact, the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey estimated that 2 million high school

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WHP Pediatrician Dr. Peter Richel’s Back To School Tips Featured In U.S. News & World Report

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Peter Richel MD of Westchester Health Pediatrics Offers Back To School Health Tips For Parents Katonah, NY, September 4, 2015 — With the start of each new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, advises.

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What You Need To Know About Measles

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Measles is an acute viral infection which has been relatively low in number for many years, in large part due to the vaccine protocol recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We strongly recommend vaccinating your child against the measles

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Helping Your Preschooler Become Independent

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Try these tried-and-true, pediatrician-approved tips for enjoying the “I did it myself!” years As every parent knows, the years when their kids are past the toddler stage but not yet in kindergarten zip by especially fast. Full of boundless energy, curiosity, belligerence and yes, more than a few tantrums, the years from ages 3-6 are an important

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Best Ways To Treat Ear Infections In Children

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Next to the common cold, an ear infection is a very common illness. Most children will have one by the age of 3, and they can be hereditary (run in families). If they recur often and are not treated, they can lead to hearing issues and other problems. Fortunately, two recent vaccines, Prevnar and Hib,

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Baby Skin 101: Smart Tips For Protecting Your Little One’s Skin

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Other than feeding, burping and sleeping, possibly what is most on parents’ minds when they have a newborn is the condition of their baby’s skin. Is it too damp, too dry, is that a rash? Rest assured, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve helped thousands of parents learn how to take care of their babies’ skin, and

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Is Your Child Starting Kindergarten This Year?

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If your child is starting kindergarten this year, this can be a very challenging time for both of you. As a parent, you may have worries about how your child will fare in school, both emotionally and academically. This may be the first time your child will be away from you for a long period

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How You AND Your Child Can Successfully Survive Middle School

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The transition from elementary school to middle school can be difficult for many children — and for many parents, too. Although it’s initially only a step up of one grade, this is a big jump both academically and socially.

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Best Six Tips To Prepare Your Son Or Daughter For College

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You dropped her off at preschool, put her on the bus for the first day of kindergarten, then came middle school and high school. Now it’s time to drop her off at college where she’ll be living on her own for the first time. Don’t panic! Help is on the way.

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