Many People Think Tanning Beds Are Safe But They’re Wrong

Did you know that tanning beds emit ultraviolet (UV) radiation which is a significant risk factor for skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer? And that people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%? Don’t be fooled, get the facts in this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. Continue reading

If Your Baby Needed CPR, Would You Know What To Do?

If your baby stopped breathing, what would you do? Do you know how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)? At Westchester Health, we hope you’ll never have to use CPR for your infant or child, but in case you do, it’s important to know the basics. As a guide, we recommend this very informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. Continue reading

Will Ear Tubes Help Cure My Child’s Ear Infections?

For children who suffer from ear infections from an early age, ear tubes can be a very effective solution, and they’re something we at Westchester Health recommend for many of our young patients with ear issues. The average age for ear tube insertion is 1-3 years old. To learn more, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a very informative blog on the subject.
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Don’t Believe That E-Cigarettes And Vaping Are Safe. They’re Not.

The good news is that the rates for adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. The bad news is that e-cigarette use in middle and high school students has tripled. Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—which is a highly addictive drug—into your body. To learn more, read this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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How Can I Protect My Baby From Dying From SIDS?

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” because the infants often die in their cribs. What makes SIDS so frightening is that it strikes babies who seem to have nothing wrong with them. To do everything we can to prevent this, Westchester Health offer this very informative blog (excerpted here) by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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Should I Take My Child To The Pediatrician Or The ER? Here’s How To Know.

At Westchester Health, we know it’s really hard not to panic when your child has a broken bone, high fever, open wound or is vomiting uncontrollably. In many instances, it would make sense to rush him/her to your local ER. However, there are times when the best course of action is to see your local pediatrician who knows your child and his/her health history. How do you know what to do when? This insightful blog (excerpted here) by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help.

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Is Your Child Overweight? Here’s What You Can Do.

Did you know that in the past 30 years, the number of overweight children in the U.S. has tripled? Alarmingly, it is now estimated that 1 in 5 children is overweight (18.5%). With these numbers, it’s no surprise that childhood obesity is something we encounter a lot here at Westchester Health. However, we firmly believe (and we’ve seen results proving this theory) that with a concerted effort from many people in a child’s life, overweight kids can achieve a healthier lifestyle and reduce their weight. To shed important light on the subject, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a great blog which we excerpt here.

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Internet Safety: Best Ways To Protect Your Child Online

These days, more than ever before, parents need to be aware of what their kids see and hear on the internet, who they meet there, and what they share about themselves online. As with any safety issue that concerns the health and safety of your children, we at Westchester Health urge you to 1) share your concerns about the internet with your kids, 2) take advantage of available resources to protect them, and 3) keep a close eye on their activities. To learn more, read this excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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Best Ways To Treat Your Child’s Headaches

At Westchester Health, the most common causes of headaches that we see in children are viral illnesses, stress, fatigue and migraines. Rarely do headaches signal a more serious illness but if your child’s headache is accompanied by a high fever, rash or vomiting, see your pediatrician right away. Still have questions about what to do? Read this excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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How to Know If Your Child Has a Learning Disability

At Westchester Health, we see a wide variety of children, some of whom have a learning disability, such as a reading or writing issue, speech and language delays, ADHD, or a combination of all of these. What we say to these parents is that the sooner they know their child has a disability, the sooner they can get help for him/her. We also reassure them that their child can definitely succeed in school, work and relationships, even with an LD. For more information, read this excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group,

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