How To Recognize Scoliosis In Your Child And What To Do Next

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About 1 in 25 adolescent girls and 1 in 200 teenage boys develops scoliosis. At Westchester Health, scoliosis is something we see often. It’s a fairly serious condition that we feel parents need to be aware of so they can recognize the symptoms in their child and if need be, seek treatment. That’s why we’d like to share this excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, about the causes of scoliosis and the different ways it can be treated.

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The Flu Vaccine Is In!

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Our flu vaccine is in! Book your appointment now to get your family vaccinated.

Even though winter is still a few months away, now is the time to get your family vaccinated. Don’t delay — protect yourself and everyone in your family by getting the flu vaccine at any of our Westchester Health locations. Call (914) 232-1919 and we’ll help you find the Westchester Health office closest to you or click here.

Yes the flu shot works and at Westchester Health, we strongly recommend it!

Some people do not get the flu shot because they say it gives them the flu. This is a misconception; whenever you get any vaccine, your body mounts an immune response to produce antibodies to defend itself in case it contracts that illness in the future. REMEMBER: A mild reaction to the flu shot is always better than what the actual flu virus would be like.

Learn more about the flu

  • Maryann Buetti-Sgouros, MD, one of our WHP pediatricians, has written a very informative blog about the flu, the difference between the flu and a cold, and why everyone should get vaccinated. To read Dr. Buetti-Sgouros’ blog, click here.
  • Rodd Stein, MD, FAAP, another of our WHP pediatricians, has written a detailed, in-depth white paper and produced a highly educational webinar on immunization, its history, its importance, and what would happen if we all stopped vaccinating ourselves and our children. To download the free white paper and webinar, click here.

Call for an appointment for a flu shot.

Please call now to make an appointment with Westchester Health to get your family vaccinated against the flu. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.

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How To Take The Stress Out of Flying With Your Baby

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There’s nothing worse than being seated near a screaming baby on an airplane (unless, of course, you’re that baby’s parent). To help everyone—babies, parents and fellow passengers—have a more pleasant flight, Maryann Buetti-Sgouros, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers these important bits of advice in a recent blog.

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How To Recognize And Avoid Asthma Triggers In Your Child

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At Westchester Health, we see a lot of kids with asthma and a lot of worried parents wondering how to treat and/or prevent this disease. To help kids and their parents know how to manage this challenging condition, Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers the following information, tips and advice in a recent blog.

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What You Need To Know About Lyme Disease Going Into Fall

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Even though the summer is winding down and we’re heading into fall, we at Westchester Health still want to emphasize what a serious disease this is. For up-to-date information about how to avoid Lyme disease and what to do if you think you’ve been bitten by a tick, we refer you to an excellent blog written by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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How To Know If You Have A Detached Retina

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A detached retina is a serious condition that could possibly cause vision loss in that eye, and occurs when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. If the retina gets torn, the fluid inside the eye can leak underneath and separate the retina from its underlying tissue. Because the retina cannot function when these layers are detached, it needs to be reattached as soon as possible or permanent vision loss can result. I tell all of my patients that if they experience any of the symptoms of a detached retina, they should not wait but come see me, or another eye doctor, immediately.

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10 Ways to Keep Pollen Allergies From Ruining Your Life

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If you have seasonal allergies, you know awful they can make your life, especially in summertime when you really want to be outdoors. They can make you feel tired, keep you from sleeping at night and negatively effect the way you function at work. Here at Westchester Health, a good number of our patients suffer from seasonal allergies, especially pollen. What we’ve found over the years is that if people can make certain adjustments to their lifestyles, they can minimize their exposure to a lot of the things that are making them sneeze, cough and feel miserable. We share those here:

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Prostate Cancer Screening: What All Men Should Know

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Screening—which basically means testing for a disease in people without symptoms—can help find some types of cancer early, such as prostate cancer, when it’s more easily treated. But for some men, the risks of prostate cancer screening may outweigh the benefits. This is something we emphasize to our male patients at Westchester Health, make sure they understand both the risks and benefits before deciding to undergo screening. To clarify the subject, here is some helpful information.

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Best Ways To Treat, And Even Prevent, Your Child’s Chronic Nosebleeds

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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.

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