How To Treat—Better Yet, Avoid—The Stomach Bug

It’s that time of year again when the stomach bug seems to be going around. Here at Westchester Health, we’re seeing lots of cases of it and wanted to put out this helpful information from a recent blog by by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, as soon as possible. Sometimes called the stomach flu (although it has nothing to do with the flu), a stomach virus is caused by rotavirus, norovirus or adenovirus and brings along with it nausea, vomiting and watery diarrhea.

The best way to prevent a stomach bug? Wash your hands.

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8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Whenever you mention breast cancer, people tend to get worried. This is not surprising since nearly everyone knows someone touched by this disease. Fortunately, though, there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting more effective with fewer side effects, and we know more than ever about risk factors. And as with many diseases, doing all you can to prevent breast cancer is so much better than treating it once it has started. That’s why we at Westchester Health offer these tips to lower your risk of developing this potentially fatal disease.

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How Diabetes Affects Women

Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or lifestyle. It can cause serious health problems, including heart attack or stroke, blindness, problems during pregnancy and kidney failure. Diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers. However, diabetes affects women differently than men. More than 13 million women have diabetes, or about one in 10 women aged 20 and older. Women with diabetes have a higher risk for heart disease, a higher risk of blindness and a higher risk for depression.

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When Is the Best Time to Have Cataract Surgery?

Do you think you may have a cataract? Maybe two? If so, you wouldn’t be alone. Nearly 26 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts, and this number is estimated to almost double in the next 20 years. While the only way to remove cataracts is surgery, the best time to have cataract surgery is each patient’s personal decision.

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Does Your Child Need An Annual Physical? Yes!

Here at Westchester Health, we feel strongly that an annual physical plays an important role in the health of your child, even if your child hardly ever gets sick. Not only do physicals give us the opportunity to see you and your child at least once a year, they allow us to really focus on your child’s physical and emotional well-being when they’re well, rather than sick. Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, has recently written a very informative blog on this subject, explaining to parents why it’s so important for children to get an annual physical.

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Winter Sports Safety For You And Your Family

Winter is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Whether you’re into snowboarding, skiing, sledding, snow tubing, ice skating, hockey or a number of other cold-weather pursuits, winter sports are a terrific way to stay fit and get lots of fresh (cold) air. However, along with winter sports often come winter sports injuries. That’s why this is the perfect time to check out a recent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP (excerpted below), a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in which she offers crucial tips for staying safe and avoiding injury this winter.

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Best Ways To Safely Bathe Your Baby

At Westchester Health, we believe that infant bathing is an area of newborn care where we can offer really important guidelines for parents, especially new ones. To help your baby stay clean and safe, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a blog (excerpted below) focusing on safety tips to always follow when bathing your baby.

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How Discipline Helps Create A Happier, Healthier Child…And Parents

At Westchester Health, we feel strongly that happy kids are those who have been raised with appropriate discipline, along with plenty of praise. This crucial combination is an important way to help your child develop into a responsible, well-adjusted adult. After many years of helping the parents in our practice work through the ups and downs of disciplining their children, we’ve come up with the following strategies that can make life more pleasant for everyone. Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has compiled them in a recent blog which we share here.

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Think Your Child Might Be Autistic? Here’s How To Know.

As pediatricians, one of the hardest parts of our job is telling parents that their child has autism. But also, one of the most meaningful parts of our professions is watching these same families grow in acceptance of and love for their child. To state the facts about autism, and help dispel some myths, one of pediatricians from our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, Peter Richel, MD, FAAP,has written this highly informative blog so we can all be more knowledgeable and more accepting.

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