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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How To Stay Safe While Playing Spring Sports

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Whether you’re into soccer, skateboarding, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track and field or a host of other warm weather sports, spring is a great time of year to be outdoors after a long, cold winter. Spring sports are also a terrific way to stay fit and enjoy being active with friends and family. Keep in

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Does Your Child Need Ear Tubes? 3 Ways To Know.

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If you have young children, you’re probably familiar with ear aches, ear infections and fluid build-up in the middle ear, all of which can cause pain, crying, fussiness and more than a few sleepless nights, for everyone. Ear problems like these cause many of our parents here at Westchester Health Pediatrics to ask us if

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What Is SIDS and How Can I Protect My Baby?

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One of the most devastating things parents (and pediatricians) have to go through is losing a baby to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). To do everything we can to prevent this, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics offer this information to educate parents about SIDS so that we can lower, and hopefully eliminate completely, the risk of

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