Safe Sleeping for Babies

By Karma M. Cinnante, DO, FAAP / Pediatrics According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,500 babies in the U.S. are lost each year due to sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation, and deaths from unknown causes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following safe […]

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COVID-19 and Your Child with Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Presently, data shows that children, adolescents and young adults with well-managed endocrine conditions, such as diabetes, are not at increased risk of getting infected or becoming severely ill with the coronavirus. However, poorly controlled diabetes can weaken their immunity and thereby increase the risk of getting infected. There are some indications that otherwise healthy, but […]

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Should My Child See the Pediatrician for Vaccines or Well-Visits?

We’re getting asked by many parents if, during this pandemic, they should bring their children in for vaccinations and scheduled well visits.  In general, the answer is yes.  Getting those early immunizations in for babies and toddlers has important benefits. It helps to protect them from infections, such as pneumococcus and pertussis that can be […]

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LAZY EYE: Facts Parents Need to Know

Lazy eye (amblyopia) is reduced vision in one eye caused by abnormal visual development early in life.  When nerve pathways between the brain and an eye aren’t properly stimulated, the brain favors the other eye.   The weaker, or lazy, eye often wanders inward or outward. Amblyopia generally develops from birth up to age 7 years. […]

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Signs Your Child May Have Asthma

By Matthew M. Dugan, MD | Pediatrics In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers. Inflammation leads to swelling and production of mucus. Triggers vary from child to child but generally include: Viral infections such as the common cold Exposure to air pollutants, such as tobacco smoke Allergies to […]

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Type 1 vs Type 2 Diabetes in Children

By Sofia Shapiro, MD FAAP | Pediatric Endocrinology Even though type 1 diabetes mellitus remains the main type of diabetes in children and adolescents, over the past two decades, we have seen a gradually increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes.  Still, type 2 is quite rare—what is more alarming is the skyrocketing rates of obesity we […]

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HPV: Not Just Your Daughter’s Vaccination

By Allison J. Nied, MD FAAP | Pediatrics As a teenager enters the exam room for their yearly checkup at their doctor’s office, chances are his or her physician will ask if they are familiar with the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus, most commonly known as HPV. Over the years, there has been a rise […]

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Look Out for Lice! Avoid this pesky parasite with these tips

By Danielle Cigliano, DO FAAP | Pediatrics According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated six to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children three to 11 years of age. Head lice or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that is spread by close person-to-person […]

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Back-to-School Tips – Seven easy tips to get you and your child ready for the new school year

By Anu Vatsan, MD | Pediatrics With the start of the new school year just around the corner, now is a great time to start preparing your family to make the transition back to school smooth and easy.

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Lyme Season Is Here

By John T. Rafalli, MD FACP | Infectious Disease Diagnosis and management of tickborne diseases can be very complex and anxiety provoking. Unlike other problems patients have to solve, the internet search results may yield overwhelming amounts of conflicting information.  Further, doctors may not even agree with one another on diagnosis and management of the same […]

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Pneumococcal Vaccines Offer Protection from Serious Childhood Illnesses

By Amy Amin Patil, MD | Pediatrics  When it comes to preventing illness, vaccines stand at the forefront of our ability to protect patients from diseases. In terms of protecting children, starting in the year 2000 with the addition of pediatric pneumococcal vaccines, our ability to protect young patients from serious and potentially life-threatening infections was […]

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Welcome New Physicians

INTERNAL MEDICINE Ruth Blash, MD FISHKILL WESTAGE (845) 231-5600 CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION PEDIATRICS Jessica Soni, MD FISHKILL WESTAGE (845) 231-5600 CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION    

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Keeping Track: Baby, Teen or In-Between, It’s Probably Vaccination Time

By Jill I. Ratner | Pediatrics Baby, teen, or somewhere in-between – it doesn’t matter.  Your child has an upcoming wellness visit to the pediatrician’s office and can expect another vaccination – or two or three. 

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Feeling Lonely? Here Is What You Can Do

By Elliot B. Barsh, MD | Pediatrics “Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid Disorders in Teens

By Jill Brodsky, MD FAAP | Pediatric Endocrinology Is your teen is sleeping a lot? Isn’t that what all teens do? Maybe, but excessive fatigue and lack of energy is just one of many symptoms that may indicate a thyroid disorder – which affects an estimated 2% to 3% of teenagers.

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Teens and Vaccines: Shots Are All About Saving Lives

Vaccinations are shots that impact the world, because they save lives globally. They protect your child against serious and often deadly diseases, and protect everybody else with whom your child comes in contact.

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Common Reasons For Taking Your Child To An Urgent Care Center

By Jill I. Ratner, MD | Pediatrics Karen left work late to pick up her 3-year-old son, Billy, from day care.  A staffer there had called Karen in the afternoon to let her know Billy was experiencing some upper respiratory distress, seemed cranky, kept rubbing his ears, might even have a slight fever. She measured Billy’s […]

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Screen Time

By Valerie Sprenz, MD FAAP | Pediatrics “Everything in moderation” has been ascribed to many authors, but it stems back from ancient times. You can argue with it on some levels, (for example, I would argue that one should NEVER use heroin or crystal meth), but I think that it is applicable towards screen time.

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Common Overuse Injuries in the Young Athlete

By Traci Toll-Griffin, MD | Pediatrics Does your child love running or playing basketball? Do they enjoy soccer, football, or lacrosse? If your child plays any of these sports, there’s a chance that they will eventually complain of heel or knee pain.  Between the ages of 9 and 14 years old, children go through a major […]

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Six New Physicians Joined CareMount Medical

Mount Kisco—New York—May 3, 2017—CareMount Medical, the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, is pleased to announce the appointment of six new physicians in internal medicine, pediatrics, neurology, and obstetrics and gynecology. “Our CareMount Medical team is growing to fulfill our commitment to provide the highest standard of quality in health care, […]

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Preventing Tooth Decay In Children

By Amy Amin Patil, MD | Pediatrics Dental decay is the most common chronic medical condition in children across the United States.  It is estimated that nearly 25% of children younger than 5 years old have caries, also known as cavities. As primary care providers, pediatricians help play a vital role in preventive oral health. As […]

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How to “Winterize” Your Child.

By Howard Hinestroza, MD MSc | Pediatrics With some of the mildest temperatures on record, this has been an atypical winter. We can thank global warming for that. Yet the season is not over yet. Many of us are still coming down with the common cold. Why do we fall victims to respiratory infections like […]

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Short Stature: Understanding Your Child’s Height

By Jaime Tsay, MD | Pediatric Endocrinology A child’s growth is one of the most important aspects of childhood that is regularly tracked. It is a reflection of overall health and nutritional status, and poor growth can be an indicator of an underlying medical problem. A child whose height percentiles have decreased over time or […]

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Eating Disorders and Young Teens

By Deborah M. Mollo, MD FAAP | Pediatrics  Self-image issues surrounding weight are extremely prevalent, regardless of age.  However, young teens are especially impressionable, and thus, more likely to develop eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa. If a teen develops a poor self-image early in life and/or fosters a bad attitude toward eating […]

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Obesity in Children: A Call to Action

By Sophia Shapiro, MD FAAP | Pediatric Endocrinology & Jaime Tsay, MD | Pediatric Endocrinology Childhood obesity has become one of the biggest health problems in the United States.  This, in turn, has led to increases in obesity-related complications.  As a result, it is so important to recognize childhood obesity early and treat it before these […]

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Food Allergies: Can They Be Outgrown?

By David J. Resnick, MD FAAAAI | Allergy & Immunology Food allergies have become more prevalent over the past 15 years. Previously, only 3% of children and 1% of adults were thought to have food allergies. However, new information indicates that 6-8% of children and 3% of adults now have food allergies. Food allergies can […]

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What You Need to Know about Measles – Dr. Allison Nied

By Allison J. Nied, MD, FAAP | Pediatrics What You Need to Know about Measles In light of the recent outbreaks in the United States, measles has become a hot topic of conversation. There are heated debates between parents of children vulnerable to this extremely contagious infectious disease and those who choose not to vaccinate. […]

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Obesity in Children: A Call to Action

By Sofia Shapiro, MD FAAP | Pediatric Endocrinology & Jaime Tsay, MD | Pediatric Endocrinology Childhood obesity has become one of the biggest health problems in the United States.  This, in turn, has led to increases in obesity-related complications.  As a result, it is so important to recognize childhood obesity early and treat it before […]

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