What’s The Best Way To Care For My Baby’s Umbilical Cord?

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Hooray! You’ve made it through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and now you have a new little wonderful bundle of joy in your life. If you’re a first-time parent, you’re finding out (fast) about all the tasks that come along with that wonderful bundle: feeding, diapering, burping, swaddling…and that’s just the beginning! It can all seem

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What You Need to Know About the 8 Most Common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

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While anyone can contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at any age, 15- to 24-year-year-olds account for half of all new STD infections, according to the CDC. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, having unprotected sex can expose you to STDs, some of which can seriously affect your health, possibly fatally. You don’t

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Swaddling 101: How To Properly Swaddle Your Baby

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While parents have been swaddling their babies for centuries (wrapping them snugly in a blanket), the technique takes a certain amount of skill and practice to master. But don’t be daunted! Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve helped hundreds of parents (especially first-time ones) get the hang of it, and we’re ready to help you,

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What Do I Do If I Get Sick While I’m Pregnant?

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Getting sick is never fun, but getting sick while you’re pregnant is even worse. Not only are you more tired and have more aches and pains as your body adjusts to carrying a growing baby, but your immune system is weakened. This is actually a good thing since it keeps your body from fighting off the

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How Much Weight Should I Gain During My Pregnancy?

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Contrary to popular belief, when you’re expecting, you really don’t need to “eat for two.” Yes, you do need to consume extra calories for your growing baby, but the average pregnant woman only needs about 300 more calories a day than before she was pregnant in order to gain the correct amount of weight. To

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How Can I Know If My Toddler Is Developing Normally?

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One minute your baby is cooing and gurgling and spitting up, and the next, he or she is a toddler, pulling a wagon and throwing tantrums. Where did the time go? The toddler years, generally between 13 months and 3 years, are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development, characterized by almost daily

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What Are The 3 Stages of Labor?

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If you’re expecting a baby (especially if it’s your first), you’ve probably heard the words, “Every woman’s labor is unique” from a friend, co-worker, midwife or physician, and then they proceed to tell you exactly how your labor and delivery is going to go. While we don’t want to be one more voice telling you

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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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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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