Nutritional Assessments: An Important Way We Help Your Child Grow Up Healthy

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When you’re a parent, there’s no shortage of things to worry about when it comes to your kids. Are they on track developmentally? Are they up-to-date with their vaccinations? Are they getting the right nutrition? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re parents too and we feel the same way, especially about nutrition. In fact, your child’s

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Is It Safe To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, one of the most frequent questions we get asked by expecting couples is, “Will having sex during pregnancy hurt the baby?” Our answer (unless there’s a problem) is almost always no. Pregnant sex is safe sex. Can sex during pregnancy harm the baby? For most women with low-risk pregnancies with no

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14 Best Ways to Counteract Morning Sickness

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For many moms-to-be, morning sickness should really be called “morning-noon-and-night sickness.” Some women experience symptoms worse in the morning but find that they ease up as the day goes on. For others, symptoms last all day long, even into the evening. Not only can certain smells or tastes make them gag, but nausea and vomiting

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8 Things You Can Expect From Our Newborn Hospital Visits

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From the moment your little bundle of joy enters the world, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics will do everything we can to ensure that he or she is healthy, getting enough to eat and developing properly. In addition to checking your baby’s vital signs, weight and progress, we also want to give you peace of

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How to Avoid Dangerous Food Additives That Can Harm Your Kids

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Did you know that the United States allows the use of more than 10,000 additives to preserve, package or modify the taste, appearance, texture or nutrients in the everyday foods we eat? And that approximately 1,000 of these additives are legally permitted under a “Generally Recognized as Safe” designation process that doesn’t require U.S. Food

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How Often And How Much Should I Feed My Baby?

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we have the joy and the privilege of taking care of a lot of newborns. We also get to help parents transition into that wonderful phase of caring for a baby. One thing we’ve noticed over the years is how much parents want to make sure (especially first-time ones) if they’re

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10 Ways To Help Your Kids Make Healthy Food Choices

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we feel strongly that helping your kids make smart, nutritious food choices, now and throughout their lives, is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their ongoing well-being. Yes, even in today’s fast food/takeout world, it is possible for kids to have a good relationship with healthy food! Of

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How Baby-Led Weaning Encourages Your Baby to Transition to Solid Food

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Lately, several of my patients have asked me about baby-led weaning. To be honest, at first I thought, “baby-led what?”, but then I did some research and have become very interested in this newer approach to feeding babies from 6 months of age and onward. In the United States, “weaning” means the cessation of breastfeeding.

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Are Tanning Beds Safe? No And Here’s Why.

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No matter how splashy and seductive the ads promoting tanning salons may be, artificial tanning machines are not safe, and we at Westchester Health Pediatrics do not recommend them. Tanning beds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation which is a significant risk factor for skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In fact, people

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What CPR Do I Need to Know For My Baby?

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For parents, one of the scariest health events is when their baby stops breathing. What do you do? Should you administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)? How much time do you have? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we hope you’ll never have to use CPR for your infant or child, but in case you do, it’s very important

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