More than 3 million people in the U.S. are living with anemia, a common blood disorder that develops when a person’s red blood cell count is low or when red blood cells do not have enough hemoglobin. This is something we see here at Westchester Health but if diagnosed properly and treated promptly, anemia in most cases can be successfully reversed.
“Is my baby sick or just tired/hungry/wet?” “Is a fever good or bad?” “Is this a hospital emergency or should I simply phone the pediatrician?”
At Westchester Health, we’ve taken care of thousands of babies (and their parents) over the years and know how important it is to be able to recognize the signs that their baby may be sick. We pass along our time-tested advice here in a terrific blog by Lauren Adler, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in hopes that it can give parents everywhere some peace of mind, as well as timely information.
Throughout our years of experience with many kinds of families, we at Westchester Health realize that moms and dads often have different parenting styles and that in almost all cases, kids do just fine. In fact, they usually thrive with two different parental methods. To explain it more fully, here is a great blog on the topic by Rodd Stein, MD in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Whether you realize it or not, parents have a huge impact on their children’s language and speech skills. The more you encourage your toddler to talk, the better he/she will do in preschool and in life. Conversely, if your child does not develop a solid verbal foundation as a toddler, he/she may struggle to keep up with peers, possibly for years to come. That’s why talking to your toddler, all the time, is very important, writes Robert Pitaro, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, in a recent blog.
At Westchester Health, we pay a good deal of attention to how acne is affecting our patients on the inside. A recent study has shown that even having mild acne can bring on feelings of low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents and teenagers. Coming at the same time as puberty only adds to the feelings of uncertainty about body image, self-esteem and other emotional issues that young people experience. To alert parents to the potentially damaging psychological effects of acne, Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog.
If you have a baby, chances are you’re going to have diaper rash. Most babies get it at some point, but thankfully, it’s generally harmless if treated. With a newborn wetting and/or soiling diapers approximately 10 times a day (70 times a week), that’s a lot of diapers and a lot of potential diaper rash. But rest assured, at Westchester Health we’re here to help, with tips and advice for keeping your little one clean, dry and rash-free. Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a great blog on how to prevent diaper rash and how to diaper your new little bundle of joy like a pro. New parents, take a read.
Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in America, accounting for 34 percent of deaths, many suddenly and almost all of them premature. If you have diabetes, your risk rises even higher—dramatically. You have an increased risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.
Yet, in spite of all the negative statistics about heart disease, the good news is that these numbers can be reversed. By making a concerted effort to monitor your blood pressure, to watch your weight, to stop smoking and to get regular exercise, along with a few more simple steps, you can be well on your way to having a healthy heart and a decreased risk of serious problems.
Whether your teenager is heading off to college or technical school, entering the work force or joining the military, graduating from high school is a big life change, often including living on their own for the first time. Helping your teen successfully navigate this transition from childhood into independent adulthood is absolutely vital, and a recent blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help your teen and you navigate this big shift.
At Westchester Health, we believe in time-outs. We’ve seen through the years that when used correctly, they really are effective in managing a child’s misbehavior or unacceptable action. As far as length of the time-out, we recommend that the number of minutes should equal the age of the child (e.g., 4 years = 4 minutes). If the misbehavior is repeated, the length of the time-out should be increased or even doubled. However, a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported that the vast majority of parents are not using time-outs correctly. Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, recently posted a blog about this very topic, which we summarize here.