All teenagers go through a range of emotional ups and downs as a normal part of growing up, as they deal with the pressures of school, friends, physical changes, sexual feelings and the expectations of their peers. However, sometimes these mood swings signal that something more serious is going on. Here at Westchester Health, we know how important it is for parents to recognize if their teen is exhibiting signs of suicide, which is why this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, is so important.
Even though ice, snow and freezing temperatures bring an end to pollen, many people still suffer from winter allergies, primarily due to more time spent indoors. In fact, the most common allergens—house dust mites, animal dander, cockroach droppings, fabric fiber, bacteria and forced-air furnaces circulating airborne dust—are actually worse in winter when there is less ventilation. For allergy sufferers, the old saying “Home is where the heart is” could be “Home is where the allergens are.”
Each winter in the US, approximately 15-20% of people with diabetes end up in the hospital because of a foot ulcer or infection. In some cases, these foot problems lead to amputation. That’s why I tell all of my diabetic patients at Westchester Health that foot care is always very important but during the winter, it is even more crucial to keep your feet healthy. Winter moisture, cold and dryness can easily cause numbness and decreased circulation, increasing the risk of a diabetic foot problem.
Do you suspect that your child may have bulimia? Eating disorders like bulimia are serious health conditions that can be both physically and emotionally destructive, particularly for teenagers. Here at Westchester Health, we have a number of teenage patients who suffer from bulimia, and we want to stress to parents that early diagnosis and intervention make a big difference in recovery. Affecting boys as well as girls, eating disorders can escalate into life-threatening conditions and require professional help. To help parents understand this potentially serious issue, we reproduce here a very helpful blog from Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
In our many years of caring for families, one thing we’ve observed here at Westchester Health is that the stress of a child’s serious illness, chronic health condition or disability often causes problems throughout the family, particularly if parents try to deal with their fears, frustrations and exhaustion without support. Sadly, this often leads to divorce or the parents’ other children developing issues of their own because they feel ignored. To help, we offer these words of advice and encouragement by way of an excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, and we hope that parents in this situation will reach out to us for help and support.
“Head lice? How can that be? We wash her hair every night. And we’re really clean people!” We wish we could tell you how many times we’ve heard this from parents of our patients who, despite their family’s “cleanliness,” have contracted head lice. Since lice are typically spread through head-to-head contact (school, sleepovers, camp and any other situation where people are close to each other), kids are common targets. For the best ways to get rid of the pesky intruders, we reproduce a very helpful blog from Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Cold season is on its way, and in many places, is already here. Just in the first two years of life, most children have 8-10 colds. And if your child is in childcare, or if there are older school-age children in your house, he/she may have even more, since colds spread easily among children who are in close contact with one another. To help lessen the symptoms and help your child feel better, read this blog full of great advice from Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Are you a new dad with a new baby? Cherish every moment and hang on for the ride of your life. Remember: we’re here for you at Westchester Health, with tips, advice and guidance in this exhilarating but exhausting time in your life. To help you cope, check out this great blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
At Westchester Health, we often get frantic calls from parents with a child that can’t seem to stop vomiting. The majority of the time, vomiting is caused by a virus and will get better on its own, but there are some things you can do at home to help your child feel better. There are also some warning signs to look out for, which we share with our parents here in a blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.