How to Recognize If Your Child Has a Learning Disability

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we see a wide variety of children — from those who are “whizzes” at almost everything to those who struggle to learn certain skills and keep up with their peers. The parents of these latter children often come to us wanting to know if there’s “something wrong” with their child and

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10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Teen Suicide

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Any parent of a teenager knows how challenging it can be to know what their teen is thinking and feeling. All teens go through a range of emotional ups and downs as a normal part of growing up and dealing with the pressures of school, friends, physical changes, sexual feelings and others’ expectations. However, many

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Does Your Child Have Bulimia?

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In a recent study, one in five 9th graders and two in five 12th graders (high school seniors) admitted to stuffing themselves with food and then forcing themselves to vomit, at least once. In the entire population, one in four U.S. teenagers are believed to binge and purge regularly. This is known as bulimia, often accompanied by

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How Chronic Illness or Disability Affects the Whole Family

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Over the years, one thing we’ve observed here at Westchester Health Pediatrics is that the stress of a child’s serious illness, chronic health condition or disability often causes problems in the family at large, particularly if parents try to deal with their fears, frustrations and exhaustion without support. In some instances, parents become so consumed

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“Head lice? In MY child?” Yes. Here’s What To Do.

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Now that school is back in session, your child is picking up all kinds of new things: reading skills, vocabulary words, friendships, playground games…and head lice. “Head lice? How can that be? We wash her hair every night. And we’re really clean people!” I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve heard this from

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My Child Gets a Lot of Colds. Is There Anything I Can Do?

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Get ready…cold season is on its way. Every year without fail, as soon as the air gets crisp and fall begins to tilt toward winter, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics we get inundated with kids with colds! Your child will probably have more colds (upper respiratory infections) than any other illness throughout his/her early life. In

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New Dad? 5 Tips For Adjusting To Your Crazy Life

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A new baby has just arrived? Congratulations! By now you’ve probably discovered that you’ve never been so overwhelmed with joy and never been so tired. Take deep breaths, cherish every moment and hang on for the ride of your life. Remember: if you need us, we’re here for you. 5 tips for new dads Let

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How To Treat Vomiting and Warning Signs to Look Out For

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It’s tough enough being a parent but being a parent of a vomiting child often requires superhuman strength. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we often get frantic calls from parents with a child that can’t seem to stop vomiting. They want to know if they should bring the child into the office. Our typical answer is

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The Danger Of Halloween Is Not Tainted Candy, It’s Car Injuries

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With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time that parents and children need to be reminded about how to stay safe while trick-or-treating. Many parents worry about tampered candy and strangers approaching their children on this holiday, but we at Westchester Health Pediatrics want everyone to know that the real danger is injury from

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How To Know If Your Child Might Have A Vision Problem

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Does your child consistently sit too close to the TV or computer screen, or hold a book too close? Does he/she close one eye when trying to see something? Can he/she see things that are far away but has trouble when they are up close, or vice versa? Any of these signs may mean that

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