What To Do If You Have An STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)

STDs know no gender, age or sexual orientation. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, having unprotected sex can expose you to a Sexually Transmitted Disease, some of which can seriously affect your health (in some cases, possibly fatally). To help anyone who’s sexually active understand STDs and how to prevent getting one, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, which discusses STDs and their symptoms and treatment in-depth (excerpted below).

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To Correct Way To Swaddle Your Baby

Here at Westchester Health, we realize that learning how to properly swaddle a newborn can be rather daunting, especially for first-time parents, but fear not! We’ve helped hundreds of parents get the hang of it, and we’re more than ready to help you, too. For pointers on how to snugly swaddle your baby, we recommend this recent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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19 Signs That You Might Have Lupus

Are you really tired all the time? Do you have frequent headaches? Are your joints swollen and painful? It may not be the flu or a similar illness. You may have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes systemic inflammation that affects multiple organs, especially the skin and joints. Lupus can also affect other organs in your body such as your kidneys, the tissue lining your lungs (pleura), your heart (pericardium) and your brain.

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Expecting? Here’s What You Should Eat (And Avoid)

Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. At Westchester Health, we stress to all our expecting moms that the food they eat is their baby’s main source of nutrition. Good nutrition is crucial to meet the added demands on their body and the needs of their growing baby.

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Is There a Reason You Should NOT Vaccinate Your Child?

The answer: NO!!!

In light of the recent measles outbreak affecting thousands of people, we at Westchester Health are more passionate than ever about the importance of vaccinating your children, and yourself, against vaccine-preventable diseases. To get the facts about vaccinations, we urge you to read this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP and Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Physicians with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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If You’re A Teen In An Abusive Relationship, Please Contact Us. We Can Help.

Here at Westchester Health, we want you to be safe as well as healthy and happy, which is hard to do if you’re you’re in an abusive relationship. According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of females and 14% of males who have experienced abuse by an intimate partner first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17 years. And because much of abuse is not reported, those numbers are probably much higher. If you’re in an abusive relationship and are wondering what to do or how to get out of it, please read this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). Remember, there’s help out there. You don’t have to suffer in silence.

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Yes, Dads Can Get Postpartum Depression Too. Here’s Help.

Although postpartum depression in new moms is well known, it’s much less acknowledged that fathers can also become depressed after their baby’s birth. Often, the first few months are filled with the joy of a new baby, but after that, things can get tough for many men. Sound familiar? For help, please read this very helpful blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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The Very Real Dangers of Vaping: What You Need To Know

Did you know that the amount of nicotine in an e-cigarette nicotine pod is equal to the amount in a pack of 20 cigarettes? And that because the teen brain is still developing, teen users are more susceptible to the addictive nature of nicotine? Maybe that’s why the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), something that greatly alarms us at Westchester Health. To give parents some guidelines for helping their teens make good decisions regarding vaping, we offer this very informative blog on the subject by Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below)

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How To Help Your Toddler Go To Sleep

At Westchester Health, we feel strongly that sleep is an essential component of healthy living, yet something that’s sometimes hard to come by (especially for exhausted parents of toddlers). Since we often get questions from bleary-eyed moms and dads wanting advice for getting their 2- or 3-year-old to go to sleep, we thought we’d share some guidelines that really seem to work, gleaned from our many years of helping parents of toddlers master the art of bedtime. Here’s a great blog on the subject by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). Continue reading

Am I Holding My Newborn The Right Way?

If you’re like a lot of first-time parents, handling your newborn baby can be kind of scary. Are you doing it right? What if you drop the baby? Are you supporting his/her head properly? It’s a lot to deal with. At Westchester Health, we get it. We’re parents too. And we want you to know that we’re here for you with guidance, tips and advice for properly and safely handling your newborn, especially new parents. To start you on your way, here’s a great blog on the subject by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).

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