10 Ways Parents Can Try to Prevent Teen Suicide

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.

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How To Know If Your Child Has Bulimia

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.

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How A Child’s Chronic Illness or Disability Affects the Whole Family

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.

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Got Lice? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Them.

“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.

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What Can I Do To Keep My Child From Getting So Many Colds?

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.

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New Dad? 5 Great Tips For Surviving Your New Stage of Life

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.

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Best Ways To Treat Your Child’s Vomiting

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.

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Parents: It’s Not Tainted Candy You Need to Fear On Halloween, It’s Car Injuries

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time that parents and children need to be reminded about how to stay safe while trick-or-treating. Many parents worry about tampered candy and strangers approaching their children, but we at Westchester Health want everyone to know that the real danger is injury from car accidents. For your child’s safety, read this timely and very important blog from Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.

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Signs That Indicate That Your Child Might Have A Vision Problem

Have you noticed that your child sits too close to the TV or computer screen? Holds a book too close when reading? Closes one eye when trying to see something? Does he/she have trouble seeing things up close, or far away? These are signs that your child might have a vision problem. To learn more, here is an excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. Continue reading

How To Cope With Your Child’s Car Sickness

At Westchester Health, an issue that a lot of people don’t think about but one that causes a lot of problems is car sickness. Car sickness is the most common form of motion sickness in children, but stress, excitement and/or the fear of vomiting also can set it off. To help parents deal with this troubling condition, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a great blog on the subject.

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