Why Burping Your Newborn Is So Important

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If you’re a new parent, one of the first skills you’ll get lots of practice at is burping. All babies get gas (air trapped in the gastrointestinal system) that needs to be released, and burping is the best way to help your baby get rid of that gas. Why babies need to burp When gas bubbles

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Fruit Juice: To Drink or Not To Drink

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I am so happy that the American Academy of Pediatrics just issued new guidelines limiting the recommended amount of 100% fruit juice that should be given to children. This change is the first since 2001 and recommends no fruit juice in a child’s first year of life. In fact, this is what I have been

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How Much Should I Exercise While Pregnant?

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This is a question we hear a lot from our pregnant patients and what we tell them is that exercise is good for them and their baby! If you were physically active before your pregnancy, continue your activity in moderation Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help both you and your baby stay healthy.

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How To Know When Your Baby Is Sick  

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As cute and cuddly as babies are, they of course get sick from time to time. This can be an anxious, nerve-wracking time for parents, especially new ones. Should they take their baby to the doctor? Should they wait it out and see if he/she gets better on their own? Is it just gas or

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5 Simple Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

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It’s something all parents of a newborn dread: changing your baby’s diaper and seeing his/her little bottom covered in red splotches. Welcome to the world of diaper rash. Most babies get it at some point, and it is generally harmless if treated. Whether you choose cloth or disposable diapers, your newborn will wet and/or soil

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How To Help Your Child Navigate Puberty

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If you have a child between 9 and 14 years old, you probably are already experiencing the high and lows of puberty. If not, buckle your seat belt, they’re coming! Puberty can be tough on all involved, parents as well as kids Puberty is an exciting time for kids and parents, but it can also

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Oh No, It’s the Stomach Bug!!!

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The dreaded stomach bug is going around. Sometimes called the stomach flu, it really has nothing to do with the flu at all. The flu is caused by the influenza virus and typically causes respiratory symptoms. Instead, a stomach virus is caused by rotavirus, norovirus or adenovirus, among others. These viruses cause gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, vomiting

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How To Make Sure Your Child’s Vaccinations Are Up To Date

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we strongly believe in the importance of immunizations and fully advise giving your child all recommended vaccines from birth until age 18. Short of basic sanitation and nutrition, no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations. Most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. When a person has been vaccinated for a particular

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Why Does My Child Need An Annual Physical?

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Some parents ask us why their child needs a physical every year when they seem perfectly healthy. Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we feel strongly that an annual physical plays a very important role in the health of your child and should take place every year even if your child hardly ever gets sick. Not only

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How To Stay Safe This Winter

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Winter is a great time of year to be outdoors! Whether you like snowboarding, skiing, sledding, ice skating, hockey or just building snowmen, winter sports are a terrific way to stay fit and enjoy time with friends and family. Just keep in mind, however, that there are inherent dangers involved in many winter sports and

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