Are Your Kids Burned Out, Stressed Out? Maybe They’re Doing Too Much.

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Between school, travel sports, clubs, dance, religious classes, volunteer work, homework and maybe a job after school, a great many kids today are busier than their parents. And even though it can be a hassle driving them to and from all their activities, some parents take pride in their kids’ chock-full schedules and see them

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Our Flu Vaccine Is In! Don’t Wait—Bring Your Child In Today To Get Vaccinated

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Flu season is here: time to get the flu shot! Even though it might seem like winter is still a few months away, now is the time to get your child (and yourself) vaccinated against the flu. Don’t delay—it’s very important to protect yourself and your family by getting the flu shot before flu season is in

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10 Things You Can Do To Help Your Kids Get Along Better

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If you’re a parent with more than one child, you’re probably experiencing some sibling rivalry. Often, siblings clash because they’re different ages and want different things, or because they’re close in age and want the same things. And, like all of us, even the most loving brothers and sisters (or brothers and brothers, or sisters

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Why Teasing Kids About Their Weight Might Make Them Gain More

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we have quite a few patients who are overweight or obese, and together with them, we talk a lot about the emotional impact of this. And what we’ve learned over the years is that overweight kids, both girls and boys, are often teased or bullied because of the way they look,

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10 Best Ways To Prevent Toddler Tantrums

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve dealt with lots of toddlers over the years, which means that we’ve dealt with lots of tantrums. We’ve also counseled lots of exasperated parents who want advice on how to handle their “little monsters,” especially when they’re having a meltdown in a public place. And while we certainly have some

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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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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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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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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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