Does Your Child JUUL (“jewel”) or PHIX (“fix”)? Here’s Why You Should Worry.

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Since 2011, there has been a gradual decrease in traditional cigarette smoking among middle school and high school students, as well as adults. This represents an all-time low. Yet the tobacco industry is still trying to get our youth and adults hooked on nicotine through various inhalation devices. Two new nicotine delivery systems are posing

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How to Lessen the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

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(A checklist for parents and young athletes to review prior to playing competitive sports) There are few things more devastating than to learn that a young athlete has collapsed and died. Even though it is extremely rare, sudden cardiac death is a frequent cause of sports-related death in young athletes. By conducting a thorough exam and

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6 Myths About Acne You Need To Be Aware Of

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Is there ever a good time to have pimples? Every teenager we’ve ever known would say an emphatic no. Not only do pimples and acne make you look and feel lousy, they always seem to show up at the worst times, such as before a big game, or the school dance, or an important interview.

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Why Well-Child Visits Are So Important

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When your child is sick, you know to take him or her to the pediatrician. But here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want to make sure parents know that it’s just as important to take your child to the doctor when he/she is well, too. After age two or three, your child should have an

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Does My Child Have Celiac Disease?

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Over the last several years, you may have noticed that a lot more people, especially kids, are gluten-sensitive or gluten-intolerant, or have been diagnosed with celiac disease. Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we get a lot of questions from parents about this. They may have noticed that their child has frequent headaches, skin rashes, stomach

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6 Best Ways To Avoid Getting Poison Ivy

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A lot of our patients and their families think that summertime is the worst season for contracting poison ivy, but actually it’s highly active 3 out of the 4 seasons: spring, summer and fall. In fact, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics we tend to see a spike in poison ivy cases this time of year (mid to

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How To Talk To Your Children About Tragedies In The News

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Recently there have been a lot of tragedies in the news. Whether it is a natural disaster or terrorist/deranged citizen attack, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics encourage parents to discuss these difficult issues with their children, when appropriate. They should, of course, consider the child’s age and developmental stage in deciding what information to share or watch

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Heart Disease: How To Reduce Your Child’s Risk

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Did you know that the beginnings of heart disease can be present in kids as young as 10 years old? If left untreated, these children can go on to develop heart disease in their 40s, 50s or 60s. The good news is that this process can be reversed with weight control, exercise, eating a heart-healthy

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How To Help Your Child Recognize And Avoid Asthma Triggers

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Does your child have chest tightness, shortness of breath or exercise intolerance? It might not be a stubborn cold that won’t go way — it might be asthma. Asthma has multiple causes, and it’s not unusual for two or more different causes to be present in one child. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we see a

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4 Best Ways To Treat Swimmer’s Ear

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Summer is finally here, and you know what that means…a lot of swimming and consequently, a lot of swimmer’s ear. Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re all too familiar with this painful condition and would like to share some information to help families avoid it in the future. What causes swimmer’s ear? Swimmer’s ear is an

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