Pediatrics

| Posted On May 19, 2022 | By:

Tips to Help With the Baby Formula Shortage

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented nationwide baby formula shortage. Stock on store shelves is sparse and online orders are taking weeks or more with “out of stock” messages and waitlists.

News this week indicates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will step in and allow production at the Abbott plant that was shut down, but stock from this will take months.

We know this is very distressing for parents,

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| Posted On Mar 08, 2022 | By:

Introducing Family Medicine at Harvard Vanguard Beverly

We are pleased to announce the addition of a family medicine department at our Harvard Vanguard Beverly office located at 77 Herrick Street.

Family medicine is another option for receiving primary care. Our family medicine physicians can provide continuing and comprehensive health care for all members of your family, from newborns to seniors!

Family practitioners complete advanced training in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology,

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| Posted On Mar 07, 2022 | By:

How to Talk About Puberty With Girls

You probably remember the somewhat awkward stage in life called puberty. Puberty marks the beginning of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Puberty is accompanied by many physical and emotional changes. While each girl may experience puberty differently, learning about each stage and the changes they bring can help you support your child and navigate the stages of puberty together.

Puberty happens due to changes in the hormone levels in a person’s body.

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| Posted On Jan 04, 2022 | By:

Puberty in Boys: What to Expect

Puberty is the time when children transition—both physically and emotionally—into adulthood. For boys, this transition begins around age 9-14 and lasts throughout their teenage years. Puberty can be a challenging and confusing time for boys that causes many emotional and physical changes, but it can also be a time for growth and maturity.

Emotional changes

Puberty occurs when the hypothalamus, an area of the brain, begins to produce the hormone gonadotropin,

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| Posted On Oct 12, 2021 | By:

Head Lice: How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Further Spread

As children have returned to in-person learning and sports, cases of head lice become even more common. Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that feed on human blood and cling to the scalp and neck. Each louse is only about the size of a sesame seed and is tan, grey, or brown. Lice lay light, pale eggs (nits) on hairs near the scalp that are held together with a glue-like substance. Although lice cannot fly,

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| Posted On Aug 10, 2021 | By:

Supporting Your Child’s Transition Back to School

Back to school means new teachers, subjects, and classmates, as well as a chance for kids to start fresh after a restful summer off. And while the start of any school year can provoke a level of anxiety for students, the return to in-person learning after over a year of virtual or hybrid schooling models can be nerve-wracking or expose signs of separation anxiety.

During this transition, it’s important to acknowledge your child’s anxieties and set them up for a successful return to the classroom.

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| Posted On Jun 08, 2021 | By:

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen to Protect Your Skin

As summer approaches and the weather warms up, many people will be spending more time outdoors. Although getting outside and staying active is good for your health, it’s important to be careful of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to a common yet dangerous type of skin cancer called melanoma. Luckily, one of the best ways to protect yourself from melanoma is to simply wear sunscreen and reapply throughout the day.

Sunscreen use is extremely important regardless of gender,

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| Posted On May 05, 2021 | By:

A Message From Our Pediatric Chair

To our Pediatric Patients and Families:

We have been through a lot together over the past year. I recall leaving my practice at Watertown on March 20, 2020, not knowing when, exactly, I would be back physically in the office. It was surreal and anxiety-provoking, and at that time, it was impossible to fathom the full impact that the pandemic would have on our work, family life, education and our physical and emotional health.

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| Posted On Apr 02, 2021 | By:

Childhood Rashes: Childhood Skin Problems and What They Mean

If you have children, you know that rashes, welts, bumps, and other skin irritations are common occurrences. While some skin conditions can be treated with over-the-counter medicine or at-home remedies, there are many rashes that may require a closer look. Sometimes, rashes can be a warning sign for more serious illness, so you should pay attention to your child’s skin and seek medical attention if you’re unsure what’s causing the rash.

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| Posted On Mar 10, 2021 | By:

Choosing a Pediatric Thermometer

Kids and fevers are pretty much inevitable. When your child spikes a fever, it can be pretty scary, especially if you’re a new parent. The reality is that fevers are common in children and usually pass within a couple of days. With that said, as we continue with cold and flu season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, monitoring the health of your children is very important. If your child seems warm, under the weather, or unusually fussy,

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