Think Your Child Might Be Autistic? Here’s How To Know.

As pediatricians, one of the hardest parts of our job is telling parents that their child has autism. But also, one of the most meaningful parts of our professions is watching these same families grow in acceptance of and love for their child. To state the facts about autism, and help dispel some myths, one of pediatricians from our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, Peter Richel, MD, FAAP,has written this highly informative blog so we can all be more knowledgeable and more accepting.

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Westchester Health Pediatrics Peter Richel, MD Wins Vitals Patients’ Choice Award For 5th Time

Westchester Health and Westchester Health Pediatrics are pleased to announce that Peter Richel, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in the group’s Mt. Kisco/Smith Avenue office, has been given the Vitals Patients’ Choice Award for the fifth consecutive year.

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Avoid Poisonous Itchy Plants This Spring and Summer!

Hot spring and summer weather means that a lot of people spend more time playing and running around outside. It also means the re-growth of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, which can cause a lot of problems. As many as 50% of people who come into contact with these poisonous plants will have an allergic reaction to them. Knowing what they look like and avoiding contact with them is the first step in avoiding an itchy, painful rash, or worse, a severe reaction requiring medication, writes Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatrician Dr. Peter Richel in a timely blog.

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Important Information About Measles

Measles is a serious infection that causes significant illness and in some cases, death. Here at Westchester Health, we strongly recommend vaccinating your child against the measles. NOTE: The measles vaccine DOES NOT cause autism.

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3 Important Vaccines To Give Your Children

Here at Westchester Health, we firmly believe in immunizing your child against preventable diseases. Unquestionably, we feel that this is one of the best ways to keep children healthy and thriving. Practically no medical intervention has done more to save lives and prevent disease than immunizations. In a recent blog, Dr. Peter Richel, one of our Westchester Health Pediatrics pediatricians, discusses three vaccines you should especially be aware of for the health of your child.

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Even Though Summer Is Over, Your Skin Still Needs Protection From The Sun

Goodbye summer, hello fall, and all too soon, winter. Even though you’re no longer basking on the beach (at least in New York State), the sun is still out and can cause significant damage to your skin. First or second degree burns, dark spots, wrinkles, and an increased risk for cancer, or carcinoma, are all possible at any time of year and should be protected against.

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U.S. News & World Report Features WHP Peter Richel MD’s Back-To-School Health Tips For Parents

In a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, reminds parents that they need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy. “As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children,” Dr. Richel advises. “Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children.”

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