Pediatrics

| Posted On Jul 27, 2022 | By:

Soothing a Baby With Colic

Being a new parent can be challenging, especially if your baby experiences colic. Colic is characterized by frequent and prolonged episodes of crying with no apparent cause. These episodes can occur in infants of any age, but symptoms typically peak at six weeks and become less frequent after three to four months. Colic is more common at night, which can lead to frustration, exhaustion, and stress in parents.

Although episodes of colic can be anxiety-provoking for parents,

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| Posted On Jun 14, 2022 | By:

Treating Jaundice in Newborns

What is jaundice?

Jaundice refers to the yellow coloring of the skin that commonly occurs in newborns. Our blood is made up of red blood cells that get broken down as part of normal body processes. A substance called “bilirubin” is produced when these red blood cells are broken down. Bilirubin is processed in the liver and exits our body in urine and stool. However, newborns have immature livers that are not yet efficient in processing bilirubin.

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| Posted On Jun 01, 2022 | By:

How to Manage and Prevent Pink Eye

It’s probably happened to you, your child, or someone you know: you wake up one morning with a swollen, crusty, runny, and irritated eye, seemingly out of nowhere. Pink eye, medically known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common eye conditions, with between three and six million cases occurring in the U.S. each year.

Pink eye is defined as inflammation of the thin transparent tissue (conjunctiva) that covers the outer surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid.

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| Posted On May 26, 2022 | By:

Managing Tantrums in School-Aged Children

Although tantrums are not uncommon for children under the age of three, they can be hard to witness and a challenge to handle. Once a child reaches elementary school, parents and caretakers may be concerned if tantrums continue.

In older children, tantrums can present in many ways, including difficulty adjusting to changes in expectations, extreme emotions in response to external stimuli, and the inability to handle frustrations without exploding. These unplanned outbursts of anger or frustration can be triggered as a response to anxiety or a child having trouble putting their feelings into words.

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| 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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