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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.