If you’re the parent of a teenager, you’ve maybe seen or heard about two new nicotine products that are exploding in popularity with the preteen and teenage age groups that greatly concern us at Westchester Health: JUUL and PHIX. These products are very dangerous for your teen’s health and well-being. To learn more, we recommend a very informative blog (excerpted here) by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group. There is also helpful information and advice specifically for teens on the WHP website which you can access here.
If you have a young athlete who plays competitive sports, it’s extremely important that you and your child review this checklist before they begin any sports season. Even though it is extremely rare, sudden cardiac death is a frequent cause of sports-related death in young athletes. By conducting a thorough exam and screening, your pediatrician can help lessen the risks and hopefully prevent this potentially fatal event. Continue reading →
Contrary to popular belief, neither fatty foods nor chocolate causes acne. Primarily, hormones (male androgens or related compounds) cause acne, which is why so many young people get pimples during puberty, or for girls, right before their period starts. To debunk these and other acne myths, we recommend this blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
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Here at Westchester Health, we want to make sure parents know that it’s just as important to take their children to the doctor when they are well as when they are sick. These well-child visits are not only a chance to review a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, but they’re a good time to review health issues and answer any questions our parents or young patients may have. To learn more about why we recommend annual physicals, read this blog (excerpted here) by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help.
Does your child have frequent headaches, skin rashes, stomach aches, is not gaining weight and/or is frequently tired? He or she may have celiac disease, an immune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. To find answers, read this informative blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
You may think that summertime is the worst season for contracting poison ivy, but actually it’s highly active in the fall, too. In fact, here at Westchester Health, we see a spike in poison ivy cases during this time of year (mid to late fall) because many families go apple picking, and poison ivy tends to hug the bases of apple trees. To know how to avoid poison ivy, and treat a reaction to it, refer to this timely blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Although most parents would not want to admit it, the beginnings of heart disease can be seen in kids as young as 10 years old. The important fact here is that if the beginnings of this serious disease are left untreated, children can develop heart disease later in life, which can prove to be fatal. But there is good news, which you can learn about in a recent blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
There has been a lot of disturbing news information and images recently, concerning a number of tragedies. Whether it is a natural disaster or terrorist/deranged citizen attack, we at Westchester Health want parents to know that we think it’s very important to discuss these difficult issues with their children, when appropriate. They should, of course, consider the child’s age and developmental stage in deciding what information to share or watch on TV or the computer. Very good guidance about how to do this is offered in a recent blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
At Westchester Health, we see a lot of kids with asthma and a lot of worried parents wondering how to treat and/or prevent this disease. To help kids and their parents know how to manage this challenging condition, Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, offers the following information, tips and advice in a recent blog.
Summer is here, which means a lot of swimming and therefore, a lot of swimmer’s ear. Here at Westchester Health, we tend to see a lot of this condition and offer parents this information to help them know how to treat it and better yet, avoid it altogether, because it can be very painful.