When Should I Take My Child to the ER?

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we know that parents have a natural tendency to fear the worst when it comes to their children’s illnesses or injuries, often rushing them off to the ER for a minor scrape or sinus infection when they would have been better served at their pediatrician’s office where we personally know their

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Best Tips for Fighting—and Reversing—Childhood Obesity

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Every week at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we see patients who are overweight and obese, and parents who are anxious and worried. And they’re not alone. In the past 30 years, the number of overweight children in the US has tripled, and it is now estimated that one in five children is overweight (18.5%). Given these numbers,

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How Dangerous Are E-Cigarettes/Vaping?

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Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is just not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—a highly addictive drug—into your body. What exactly are e-cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered smoking devices often designed to look and feel like regular cigarettes. They work by

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Yes, Your Child Should Still Get A Flu Shot

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You may have seen it in the news or read it online but here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to emphasize that this is a particularly bad year for the flu — one of the worst in years — and if your child has not yet gotten a flu shot, he/she really should. According

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How Can I Protect My Child From Strangers Online?

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The internet can be a valuable resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, get information, learn facts, communicate with teachers and their friends, and play interactive games. But the internet can also pose dangerous hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might initiate an online search for “Lego.” But with just one typo, “Lego”

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Best Ways To Treat Headaches in Children

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Headaches can occur in pediatric patients, just as they do in adults. The most common causes of headaches in children are viral illnesses, stress, fatigue and migraines. Rarely are headaches a sign of a much more serious illness. If your child’s headache is associated with a high fever, rash or vomiting, you should see your

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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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