I’m 16 And I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Now?

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If this pregnancy is unplanned, you’re probably overwhelmed and pretty scared. It may seem like you’re the only one this is happening to but you’re not alone—around 500,000 teenage girls get pregnant every year in the U.S. If this is a planned pregnancy, you may still have a lot of questions and a lot of

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How To Know If You Have A Healthy, Well-Functioning Family

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Healthy parenting comes from a healthy family, and vice versa As everyone knows, there is no perfect family, or even a normal one. And yet, while families come in all combinations of sizes, ages, genders and colors, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics have seen over the years that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:

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Now That You’ve Made It Through The Terrible 2s, Here’s How To Survive The Even More Terrible 3s.

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, what we hear from many of our parents of toddlers is that as bad as the “terrible 2s” were, the “terrible 3s” are even worse. They turn to us for help, advice and guidance…and they need it now! We get it. We’re parents too, and somehow we managed to live through the

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Are You A Teen In An Abusive Relationship? Here’s Help.

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Did you know that 1 out of 3 teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship, and 50%-80% know someone in a violent relationship? Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most susceptible to dating violence (triple the national average). According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of

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Dads Can Get The Baby Blues Too: Important Info On Men’s Postpartum Depression

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Every day, over 1,000 new dads in the US become depressed. According to some studies, that number is as high as 2,700. That’s 1 in 10, and possibly as many as 1 in 4, new dads who have postpartum depression. Whatever the exact number is, at Westchester Health Pediatrics we know that a lot of

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Vaping and Tobacco: What You And Your Family Should Know

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E-cigarettes or vapes, are devices that create a vapor or aerosol of a nicotine-based substance. But unlike cigarettes, vapes do not create smoke so their use is less obvious to those around the person vaping. Moreover, many healthcare professionals are becoming increasingly alarmed at the popularity of vaping because the vapor that is released actually

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How To Help Your Toddler Establish Good Sleep Habits

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At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we feel strongly that healthy sleep habits for children are as important as healthy eating habits. Sleep is an essential component of healthy living, yet something that’s sometimes hard to come by (especially for exhausted moms and dads faced with an obstinate toddler who won’t nod off). Since we often get

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What’s The Right Way To Hold My Newborn?

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Some first-time parents know exactly what to do when it comes to taking care of their new baby: holding, swaddling, feeding, burping, diapering. Others aren’t so sure. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want you to know that we’re here for you with guidance, tips and advice for properly and safely handling your newborn. Many of

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Concerned That Your Child May Be Using Drugs? We Can Help.

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Although it varies from child to child and community to community, the peer pressure to use drugs can be very intense and hard to refuse. At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we get it. Also, we want you to know that we’re on your side and will do everything we can to help your child avoid these

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Nutritional Assessments: An Important Way We Help Your Child Grow Up Healthy

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When you’re a parent, there’s no shortage of things to worry about when it comes to your kids. Are they on track developmentally? Are they up-to-date with their vaccinations? Are they getting the right nutrition? At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’re parents too and we feel the same way, especially about nutrition. In fact, your child’s

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