Smoking is on the decline but vaping is on the rise The good news is that the rates for adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. The bad news is that e-cigarette use (vaping) in middle and high school students tripled in 2014. In fact, the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey estimated that 2 million high school […]
Peter Richel MD of Westchester Health Pediatrics Offers Back To School Health Tips For Parents Katonah, NY, September 4, 2015 — With the start of each new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, advises.
Measles is an acute viral infection which has been relatively low in number for many years, in large part due to the vaccine protocol recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We strongly recommend vaccinating your child against the measles
Try these tried-and-true, pediatrician-approved tips for enjoying the “I did it myself!” years As every parent knows, the years when their kids are past the toddler stage but not yet in kindergarten zip by especially fast. Full of boundless energy, curiosity, belligerence and yes, more than a few tantrums, the years from ages 3-6 are an important […]
Next to the common cold, an ear infection is a very common illness. Most children will have one by the age of 3, and they can be hereditary (run in families). If they recur often and are not treated, they can lead to hearing issues and other problems. Fortunately, two recent vaccines, Prevnar and Hib, […]
Other than feeding, burping and sleeping, possibly what is most on parents’ minds when they have a newborn is the condition of their baby’s skin. Is it too damp, too dry, is that a rash? Rest assured, here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, we’ve helped thousands of parents learn how to take care of their babies’ skin, and […]
If your child is starting kindergarten this year, this can be a very challenging time for both of you. As a parent, you may have worries about how your child will fare in school, both emotionally and academically. This may be the first time your child will be away from you for a long period […]
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be difficult for many children — and for many parents, too. Although it’s initially only a step up of one grade, this is a big jump both academically and socially.
You dropped her off at preschool, put her on the bus for the first day of kindergarten, then came middle school and high school. Now it’s time to drop her off at college where she’ll be living on her own for the first time. Don’t panic! Help is on the way.