Pediatricians’ Top Tips For a Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

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“What should I eat while breastfeeding?” “Should I be taking vitamins?” “How many calories per day should I be eating?” At Westchester Health Pediatrics, these are questions we hear a lot from our expecting moms. To help put their minds at ease (when they’ve got so many other things to think about with a baby

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How To Cope With Postpartum Depression

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You’ve just given birth to a wonderful, healthy baby and everyone’s ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. Are you having mood swings and bouts of unexplainable crying? Are you anxious, sad, irritable or unable to sleep? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you may be experiencing the “baby blues,” also known

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How to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

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One of the hardest things a pediatrician ever has to deal with is losing a baby we have cared for to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Yes, the parents are devastated, but we are greatly affected too. To do everything we can to prevent SIDS, we offer these guidelines for reducing the risks of this

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How To Know If Your Baby Is Developing In a Healthy Way

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If you’re a first-time parent, you’ve probably got lots of questions, and at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re ready with lots of answers. One of the most common questions we hear from our new parents is, “Is my baby developing normally?” While there are wide variations of what is considered “normal,” we like to pass along

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Keeping the Peace: How to Manage Sibling Rivalry

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If you have more than one child, chances are you’re experiencing the stress and frustration of sibling rivalry, like many of our parents. Despite your best attempts at harmony, brothers and sisters (or brothers and brothers, or sisters and sisters) seem to incessantly fight over toys, tattle on one another, argue, tease and compete for

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6 Facts You Need To Know About Poison Ivy

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“Leaves of three, let it be.” For generations we’ve heard this regarding poison ivy, and guess what? It’s true! Due to the fact that poison ivy is so common — it’s in every U.S. state except Alaska, Hawaii and parts of the West Coast — we at Westchester Health Pediatrics feel it’s important at this

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10 Most Common Kids’ Skin Rashes And How To Treat Them

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Yikes! Your child wakes up covered in little red dots. Is it chicken pox? Heat rash? Impetigo? Is it contagious? To help you correctly identify your child’s rash and whether it needs to be seen by a doctor, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics have put together a list of the most common kids’ skin rashes

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Why We Recommend The HPV Vaccine

Why We Recommend The HPV Vaccine

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“Should my child get the HPV vaccine?” This is a question I get asked almost every day by parents of preteen and teenage girls (and some boys). My standard answer is yes. Why? There are very few cancers that researchers have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. The

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The Pediatrician’s Role in Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes

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Young people with type 1 diabetes (also known as type 1 diabetes mellitus) face many challenges in their lifelong quest to manage their disease. With help from their pediatrician and a team of endocrinologists and diabetes specialists, along with support from parents, caregivers and school personnel, young children and teens with type 1 diabetes can understand and

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11 Best Ways to Get Rid of Head Lice

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“Head lice? In MY child?!? But we wash his hair every night. And we’re really clean people!” I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve heard this from parents of young patients who, one way or another, have contracted head lice.

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