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Over the years, Dr. Suzanne Kaseta has been featured in many news segments; it’s one of her passions. She is a contributor on Fox and Friends and other news outlets and is a highly sought after speaker. Dr. Kaseta is currently available for additional media assignments and can be contacted directly. Take a look at her past segments and if you like what you see, fill out the simple contact form and she will be in touch!


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How to Save a Drowning Child

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Questions All New Mothers Should Ask

Dr. Kaseta was on Fox and Friends on Fox News this morning answering questions that all new mothers should ask! If you missed it live, you can watch it here! And remember, especially new parents, to ask us anything you are unsure about when it comes to how to best take care of your children; we are here for you!

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“Flat Head Syndrome” Found in 47% of Infants

By Michelle Castillo CBS News, July 8, 2013

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The flat spots, called positional plagiocephaly, may be a result of the 1992 AAP recommendation to put infants to sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While rates of SIDS have declined by 50 percent since those recommendations were released, it seems the flat spots have increased.

Positional plagiocephaly is usually caused because the child likes to lie in one position and their skull bones are soft, according to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Premature babies are more at risk because their skull bones are even more pliable than full-term infants, and they are less likely to move their heads. Usually the side or back of the head is the only area affected, however, uneven foreheads have also been observed in some infants.

Out of the 440 infants between seven to 12 weeks of age examined by researchers, 46.6 percent had a flat spot on their head. Overall, 78.3 percent had a mild form of positional plagiocephaly. About 63.2 percent had it on the right side of their heads.

“That was pretty surprising. I didn’t anticipate that it would be that high,” study author Aliyah Mawji, assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Mount Royal University in Calgary, told theCBC.

Some children who have flattened skulls may have mild developmental delays that require additional treatment, Seattle Children’s Hospital pointed out. Other children may experience torticollis, or muscle tightness that makes it difficult to move their neck, so they will need a physical therapist.

The researchers added that if not treated early, the deformities can be permanent and increase risk for teasing and bullying during school years.

To prevent the condition, American Academy of Neurological Surgeonsrecommends placing babies to sleep on their backs, changing the direction they face and changing the location of the baby’s crib, so they can look in different directions outside the window. Give the child “cuddle time” when they are awake, and make sure kids have lots of supervised playtime on their stomachs so they aren’t always on their backs. Avoid keeping them in car seats, carriers and bouncers for expended period of time, the researchers suggested.

“If the baby is constantly placed in the same position, so either the same feeding position or the same sleeping position or being left in car seats or bouncy swings, we see more of what we call the positional plagiocephaly,” Mawji explained.

In special cases, children may have to wear a special helmet or band for most of the day if the condition is still moderate to severe after five months of age, the AANS said. Therapy can last from two to six months.

Dr. Roya Samuels, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, downplayed the risk toHealthDay.

“Positional plagiocephaly is really a cosmetic issue,” she said. “There’s no evidence that it affects the brain.”

She said the most important thing for new parents is to make routine well-child visits to their pediatrician, so the doctor can track the child’s development, including his or her head shape and size.

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In the Classroom Summit

Dr. Kaseta was invited to speak at the Yonkers Breakfast In The Classroom Summit about the importance of having a healthy breakfast every day. Kids who start the day with a nutritious breakfast reap many benefits, including better academic achievement, fewer behavioral problems, and improved overall health. Many schools feel this is so important that they have developed a plan to provide breakfast in the classroom for children who routinely miss it at home. Kids who do skip a morning meal, or eat one with little nutritional value, are at greater risk of becoming obese, which in turn could lead to developing serious health conditions like high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Some research indicates that the brain’s executive functions, those critical to learning, including working memory, problem solving, reasoning and planning, are directly affected by nutrition. Every child should eat a healthy breakfast every day!

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CWPW Appoints Suzanne Kaseta, MD Physician Director of Community Quality Initiatives – Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester, LLP

Leonard Newman, MD, President of CWPW, recently announced the appointment of Suzanne Kaseta, MD, as Physician Director of Community Quantitativeness. “Putting quality measures in place is critical to the success of every medical practice in today’s healthcare environment,” Says Dr. Newman. “Improving quality leads to improved efficiencies, and ultimately, better patient outcomes and cash flow. Dr Kaseta will play a valuable role in implementing quality initiatives that will benefit all the practices comprising CWPW.

Although Dr. Kaseta’s role in quality issues will be far reaching, her first initiative will be to focus on helping private practices create a team of highly qualified subspecialists for referral. “It is important to have direct access to high-quality subspecialists who are responsive to your referrals, provide quick appointment times, and can help you manage your case timely and efficiently,” says Dr. Kaseta. “Having a quality referral network helps improve the overall patient experience and, therefore, improves patient satisfaction.”

Dr. Kaseta will facilitate the introduction of quality subspecialists by regularly hosting what is referred to as ‘dine arounds.’ “It is important to create personal relationships with the subspecialists you will be referring to,” says Dr. Kaseta. “The best way to do that is to meet the physicians in a comfortable venue outside the typical office environment where you can share information and communicate openly.” The ‘dine arounds’ have been successful in Westchester and bring physician groups and subspecialists together for a special evening of dinner and camaraderie at a premier restaurant in the area. Car service is provided for physicians if needed. The first ‘dine around’ event will take place in Rockland with formal invitations going out shortly.

Dr. Kaseta is a practice manager of Washingtonville Pediatrics in Orange County, where she designed and built an 11,000 square-foot medical practice that is also home to other medical specialties. Dr. Kaseta received her medical degree and performed her Pediatric Chief Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical College. She will become a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) in February 2013 and recently completed prerequisite training in Quality Management at the American College of Physician Executives. She is working toward her Master’s Degree in Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Says Dr. Newman, “I am thrilled to have Dr. Kaseta as a member of our team and ask every physician who is a member of the CWPW family to support Dr. Kaseta in her new role.”

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Study: 75% Of Packaged Food For Toddlers Has Too Much Salt

CBS News, March 21, 2013

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PITTSBURGH (CBS) Three new studies about salt were presented Thursday at a meeting of the American Heart Associatio.

One shows that most packaged food for toddlers contain more than the recommended amount.

Shanna Muigai works hard to give her daughters healthy food. But it’s not easy.

A new study finds that nearly 75 percent of pre-packaged meals and snacks for toddlers have too much salt. It’s added as a preservative and for flavor.

“It is tough to avoid. It’s in everything,” said Muigai.

Researchers looked at the sodium in more than 1,000 foods for babies and toddlers.

A product was considered high in salt if it had more than 210 milligrams of sodium per serving or 14 percent of the daily recommended allowance.

“The effect is probably cumulative over time where the longer you have that increased sodium level coming in, the more likely you’ll end up with hypertension as an adult,” Dr. Suzanne Kaseta, a pediatrics professor at NY Medical College.

A big concern is children who eat a high sodium diet may develop a lifelong preference for salty foods. As adults, another study finds most people eat almost double the recommended daily amount of sodium.

The American Heart Association says adults should have less than 1,500 miligrams of sodium per day. The average American consumes 3,600 milligrams.

Researchers in a third study found eating too much salt contributed to 2.3 million deaths worldwide in 2010 from heart-related diseases. Almost half were people 69 or younger.

Muigai knows the risks, and avoids prepackaged foods.

“I go straight to the vegetable aisle,” she said. “That way when I’m preparing my food I know exactly what’s going in it.”

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Report: Children Can Become More Aggressive By Watching A Lot Of TV

CBS News, February 18, 2013

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DENVER (CBS4)Two new studies suggest what children watch on television could affect their behavior.

According to the studies in the journal “Pediatrics,” it’s not just what children are watching, but the time they spend in front of the TV.

The studies can be a wakeup call for parents. They indicate too much TV and the content of the programs can be hazardous to children.

Television is part of the regular routine in Walsh home. With six children, Kerre and John Walsh say it’s one way to keep them entertained. The couple said they have TVs in every room of the house.

“Basically every room, and in the cars as well,” Kerre Walsh said.

New Zealand researchers looked at about 1,000 children and found the more TV they watch, the more anti-social and aggressive they can become.

“They tend to totally remove themselves from the feeling side of things,” family therapist Dr. Larry Curry at Metro State University said.

“It also means really more depression, more anxiety, more keeping to one’s self,” Dr. Suzanne Kaseta at Washingtonville Pediatrics said.

Pediatricians aren’t only concerned about the time children spend in front of the TV, but also the programs they watch. In a second study, U.S. researchers found preschool aged children can imitate what they see on TV.

“So the content of violence, the content of movement, the content of constant” kind of this knee-jerk reaction impacts the child between the ages of zero and six years old,” Curry said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children older than two watch no more than two hours of TV a day. Younger children shouldn’t watch any.

The Walsh children have rules to follow.

“They all shout at the same time, ‘We’re not allowed to watch that,’ ” John Walsh said.

They also have limits on TV time and spend most of their time outside and active.

Researchers also determined that excess television viewing in children increased the risk of criminal conviction later in life. But on the positive side they also found that changing the channel to more educational programs can actually improve a young child’s behavior.

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New Study Suggests Limit On Milk Consumption For Kids

CBS News, December 19, 2012

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) Many parents give their children milk because it’s loaded with vitamins that can keep the brain and bones healthy.

However, a new study shows there should be a limit.

The Sherwood family gets plenty of milk with their meals.

“Probably two to three glasses a day,” says mom Melanie Sherwood.

Milk is a great source of vitamin D and calcium, but a new study in the journal “Pediatrics” finds too much may be a bad thing.

Researchers looked at more than 13,000 children ages 2 to 5 and found two cups of milk a day is enough to maintain Vitamin D levels. More than that can affect iron levels.

Milk is not rich in iron, and milk can make it harder for the body to absorb this mineral from other foods.

“Excessive amounts of milk, which was more like three or four or more cups a day was associated with a decrease feritin level, and feritin is associated with your iron stores in your body,” says pediatrician Dr. Suzanne Kaseta.

Getting enough iron is important for children because it plays a critical role in early brain development. Low iron can also increase your risk for anemia.

Besides milk, you can get Vitamin D in other ways. Fatty fish like salmon is a good source. So is the sun. The study points out some children with dark skin may need supplements because their body doesn’t make enough Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

Melanie Sherwood says she has no plans to limit milk in her house.

“What the doctor says is good is what I go by,” she says.

And spending plenty of time outdoors also helps.

Whole milk is recommended for children under 2-years-old because the fat in it helps brain development. After age 2, most pediatricians suggest switching to two percent milk. It has all the same nutrients, without as much fat.