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.
If you’re 35 or older and expecting a baby, you have many advantages over younger moms, such as being more financially secure and having years of life experiences to draw upon when raising your child. As the average age at marriage rises in the U.S., so does the average age of new mothers. We can attest to that: many of our moms-to-be are in their late 30s and early to mid-40s.
One of the most emotional issues we see at Westchester Health affecting our patients and their parents is bullying. We understand how extremely damaging it is to all involved but luckily, there are things you can do to help your child avoid or prevent bullying. A recent blog by Mason Gomberg, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, explains the many ways you can help your child in this area (synopsized below). We recommend that all parents take a read.
Whether your teenager is heading off to college or technical school, entering the work force or joining the military, graduating from high school is a big life change, often including living on their own for the first time. Helping your teen successfully navigate this transition from childhood into independent adulthood is absolutely vital, and a recent blog by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help your teen and you navigate this big shift.
At Westchester Health, we believe in time-outs. We’ve seen through the years that when used correctly, they really are effective in managing a child’s misbehavior or unacceptable action. As far as length of the time-out, we recommend that the number of minutes should equal the age of the child (e.g., 4 years = 4 minutes). If the misbehavior is repeated, the length of the time-out should be increased or even doubled. However, a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported that the vast majority of parents are not using time-outs correctly. Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, recently posted a blog about this very topic, which we summarize here.