Pediatrics

| Posted On Sep 03, 2019 | By:

Preparing Your College Student for Healthcare Away from Home

Sending your kids off to college for the first time can stir up a myriad of concerns. Are their classes all set, do they have everything they need for their dorm, will they get along with their roommate, will they eat right, do they know how to do laundry? This year, my twin daughters are joining the group of incoming freshman, and I’m joining the group of emotional parents that are left behind.

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| Posted On Jul 08, 2019 | By:

Understanding How Environment Affects Health

Most of us know that we need to eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, get adequate sleep, and manage stress to stay healthy. But did you know that where you live, work, learn, and play can have just as much impact on your and your child’s health?

Understanding Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play,

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| Posted On May 06, 2019 | By:

5 Ways to Handle Your Picky Eater

Mealtimes with toddlers and young children are NOT for the faint of heart. As the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old, I totally get it. Case in point: my son loves chicken tikka masala, and with a sophisticated favorite like that, you’d think it’d be downhill from there, right? But when I try to give him a bite of yogurt, the ultimate kid-food, his entire body language is like, “Why would you do this to me?”

As parents,

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| Posted On Apr 02, 2019 | By:

All About Measles

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.

Measles typically begins with

  • high fever,
  • cough,
  • runny nose (coryza), and
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)

Two or three days after symptoms begin,

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| Posted On Sep 27, 2018 | By:

Healthy Snacking for Kids

Back to school is definitely in full swing. In addition to figuring out the new routines and schedules, many parents know it’s also time to get organized about after school snacks. Many of my patient’s parents struggle to help their children reach their goals for eating the right amount of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy. Snacks can be a great way to provide these nutrient-rich foods and play a very important role in meeting kids’ nutritional needs.

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| Posted On Aug 13, 2018 | By:

Atrius Health’s Michael Whitner, MD Receives Boston Children’s Hospital Community Pediatrician Award

We are proud to congratulate Michael Whitner, MD for receiving the Boston Children’s Hospital Community Pediatrician Award. This honor is the highest award granted to physicians in the larger Boston Children’s Hospital community, traditionally primary care doctors in the Greater Boston area. Nominated by their peers, Community Pediatrician Award winners demonstrate exemplary patient care, compassionate treatment of all children, commitment to innovation, or excellence in teaching.

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| Posted On Jun 04, 2018 | By:

Vaping: 5 Things Parents Need to Know

In the past 40 years, teens’ use of cigarettes has undergone a sharp decline, from nearly 30% of all high schools seniors smoking daily to about 4% today (we wish it were zero, but…) This trend has come about through a concerted effort to increase public health awareness and education on the dangers of cigarettes. When you ask teens about cigarettes, most will easily cite the downsides: the cancer-causing tar, the taste, the smell, the addictive force of the nicotine.

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| Posted On Mar 21, 2018 | By:

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, getting enough sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. When a child isn’t getting adequate sleep, behavior, concentration, school performance and mood can all be affected. But what is adequate for your 7-month-old? Your 7-year-old?

As a parent, you know that your children are constantly changing, and their needs change as well. Sleep is no exception to this. The recommended amount of sleep for children varies with age.

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| Posted On Mar 01, 2018 | By:

Playing it Safe in the Winter

When New England is transformed into a winter wonderland, kids often can’t wait to get out in the snow. The season brings countless opportunities for fun, but it is important for families to be aware of the risks unique to winter activities.

Winter Sports Safety

Injuries are more common than many people may realize. In the US, about 61,000 children ages 5-14 are treated in Emergency Rooms annually for injuries related to ice hockey,

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| Posted On Dec 06, 2017 | By:

The HPV Vaccine

My patients and their families are familiar with most of the vaccines I recommend – tetanus, measles, chicken pox, and so on – but when I discuss the HPV vaccine, I find many people don’t know why I am recommending it.

Here’s what I tell my patients about HPV and the HPV vaccine:

  • HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a group of more than 150 related viruses.
  • The virus can be spread by vaginal,
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