Yes, it really is true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even for the busiest of families. To help our patients and their parents eat a healthy breakfast and still get out the door on time, one of our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians, Maryann Buetti-Sgouros, MD, FAAP, offers these helpful and useful tips (excerpted from her recent blog).
We’ve all been reading about lead poisoning and water contamination in Flint, Michigan, and a lot of our parents are concerned. Plus, we’re now hearing that the problem isn’t limited to Flint. The U.S. Congress banned lead water pipes 30 years ago, yet between 3.3 and 10 million older pipes remain throughout the country, potentially leaching lead and other harmful contaminants into our kitchen sinks, bathtubs and drinking water.
Tragically and far too often, children are the victims of deadly gun violence, all across America. To help us understand the cause and scope of the problem and to identify possible solutions that might stem the violence, Nancy R. Beran, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Westchester Health, has written a blog highlighting a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Unfortunately, there are not really any symptoms to alert someone that they have osteoporosis. That’s why it is often called a ‘silent disease’ because the first sign of the condition can be a fracture resulting from a minor accident, which is why prevention is so important.
During the long winter months, it is especially important for diabetics to take certain steps to keep their feet healthy. Winter moisture, cold and dryness can easily cause numbness and decreased circulation, increasing the risk of a diabetes foot problem.
When is the right time to have knee replacement surgery? When your knee pain is so intense that it actually interferes with the things you want or need to do, that may be the time…especially if medication, physical therapy and the use of a cane or other walking aid no longer help alleviate the pain, says Dr. Rick Weinstein, an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, in his recent blog.
Pediatric epilepsy is a condition that not only profoundly impacts the child but the rest of the family members, too. As well as the physical and neurological attributes of epilepsy, it also represents a complicated combination of psychological and emotional consequences, especially for children.
There is no question that antibiotics have changed medicine and the way we practice it. There is also no question that when prescribed responsibly, they are one of the most beneficial, helpful medications we have. But to keep them working, and to keep bacteria from becoming resistant to them, they must only be prescribed when needed, urges Dr. Rodd Stein, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in a recent blog.
As well as buying two of everything, parents of twins have lots of questions. To assuage their fears, clear up common misconceptions, and offer overall information about twins, Dr. Rachel E. Menaged, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, was interviewed recently by Twin Love Concierge, a maternity consulting service exclusively for twins.