At Westchester Health, we’ve seen our share of nosebleeds over the years. Starting when your child is in preschool and continuing through the teenage years, periodic nosebleeds are just a fact of life, explains Heather Magnan, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in a recent blog. Although nosebleeds can be alarming, most are not serious. Here’s what might be causing them and how you can treat, and hopefully even prevent, them.
Most people know that smoking is seriously harmful to their health, potentially even deadly. But what they often overlook are the dangers of secondhand smoke. Here at Westchester Health, what we find especially troubling is the fact that secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children, explains Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in a recent blog.
Even though we’re in the middle of summer, here at Westchester Health we still see a fair amount of colds and sinus infections (sinusitis). Patients come in sneezing and coughing with watery eyes and a stuffy nose, and want to know: is it a cold or a sinus infection? Our answer: the type of symptoms and long they last give us clues as to whether it’s a virus (cold) or an infection.
Here at Westchester Health, we see a fair amount of eczema. Fortunately, it’s not contagious, but it does tend to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma. Different triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating, which can cause itchy, painful flare-ups.
Summer is here, which means a lot of swimming and therefore, a lot of swimmer’s ear. Here at Westchester Health, we tend to see a lot of this condition and offer parents this information to help them know how to treat it and better yet, avoid it altogether, because it can be very painful.
Here at Westchester Health, a lot of our parents want to know whether or not their child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), what it means, and what to do about it. When a child is not doing well in school, finds it hard to sit still, is constantly restless and/or seems to have trouble concentrating, it’s understandable that parents become concerned.
At Westchester Health, we often get questions from our parents concerning their children’s exercise level or eating habits, and we’d like to share some of our knowledge here. We firmly believe that the health and well-being of your child to a large degree involves fitness and nutrition.
Babies often swallow air when they feed, either from breast or bottle, which hurts their tummies and can make them fussy. This trapped air, or gas, needs to be released, and burping is the best way to help your baby get rid of that gas, writes Lauren Adler, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in a recent blog. By burping your baby frequently during and after each feeding, you can hopefully keep painful gas pains to a minimum.
If you’re 35 or older and expecting a baby, you have many advantages over younger moms, such as being more financially secure and having years of life experiences to draw upon when raising your child. As the average age at marriage rises in the U.S., so does the average age of new mothers. We can attest to that: many of our moms-to-be are in their late 30s and early to mid-40s.
At Westchester Health, we were pleased to learn that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued new guidelines limiting the recommended amount of 100% fruit juice that should be given to children AND recommending no fruit juice in a child’s first year of life. In fact, this is what we have been recommending to our patients for years. Why? Because juice offers no nutritional benefits early in life and can actually take the place of what babies need most: breast milk (or formula), protein, fat and minerals like calcium.