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By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 20, 2022

Being a parent is most often incredibly rewarding, but can also be very challenging when your children display aggressive behaviors. Although such disruptive behaviors are not uncommon, if your child's distressing behavior becomes persistent, this may be an early sign of a severe issue. Our doctors with Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, encourage you to consider child behavior consultations if your child is exhibiting ongoing problematic behavior.

What Are Child Behavioral Disorders?

Framing children's behavior who are 5 years old or younger, as a disorder is a very serious indication that should be approached carefully, as not all abnormal behavior in young children will reappear in their future.

One of the most common behaviors in young children is called Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), which is typically displayed around family, frequent care providers, or even teachers. Common ODD behaviors include:

  • anger or having a short-temper
  • arguing or combative
  • being spiteful or irritated
  • intentionally provoking others
  • unwilling to be held accountable

Another common behavioral disorder among children is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can be identified early through a variety of behaviors, such as:

  • difficulty concentrating on tasks
  • easily distracted
  • the trouble with remaining seated still
  • forgetting to finish tasks
  • interrupting others who are speaking
  • more

While there is a multitude of child behavior disorders, noticing any of the signs listed above are helpful indicators for you, your child, and our doctors with Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, when considering child behavior consultations.

Treating Disruptive Behavior Disorders

To ensure that your child receives the most effective treatment, a discussion between your family and a healthcare professional (i.e. your pediatrician or therapist) is a pivotal step for you and your child.

Treatment for younger children has proven to be most productive is through behavior therapy training for parents, which aims to nourish and foster your parent-child relationship. For older children and teens, a combination of therapy with your family and even your child's school, has been successful among many families.

Supporting Your Children

When your child displays difficult behaviors, your household may begin to feel stress or tension as a result. To visit Pediatric Associates of Wellesley, schedule your child behavior consultation at one of our two convenient locations:

  • for our office in Weston, MA, call: (781) 736-0040
  • for our office in Medfield, MA, call: (508) 359-9200
By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 18, 2022
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

Is your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations? Scheduling an appointment with your Medfield and Weston, MA, pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley will help your son or daughter avoid many potentially devastating illnesses.

Why immunizations are important

Immunizations protect your child from getting sick or reduce the severity of the illness. Whooping cough, measles, chickenpox, and other illnesses common during childhood can be much more than minor annoyances. Lifelong health consequences, including vision problems, deafness, and brain damage, may occur if children become ill. Even children who have mild cases of childhood diseases can be quite uncomfortable.

Immunizations not only protect your child but reduce the spread of illnesses through the Medfield and Weston, MA, communities. Vaccinating the majority of children protects babies who are too young for immunizations and people in the community who can't have immunizations for health reasons.

Like many parents, you may be worried about immunization side effects. Most children only experience mild side effects, which may include injection site pain, mild fever, rash, or crankiness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no link between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders.

When your child should receive immunizations

Immunizations are recommended at specific times during the development of your child's immune system. The immunizations are usually provided at these ages:

  • Rotavirus: 2 and 4 months
  • Polio: 2 and 4 months, 6 - 18 months, 4 - 6 years
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis: 2, 4, and 6 months, 15 - 18 months, 4 - 6 years, 11 - 12 years
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella: 12 - 15 months, 4 - 6 years
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B: 2 months, 4 months, 12 - 15 months
  • Varicella: 12- 15 months, 4 -6 years
  • Pneumococcal conjugate: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 - 15 months
  • Hepatitis A: 12 - 23 months, then 6 months later
  • Influenza: Every year for children 6 months and older
  • Meningococcal conjugate: 11 - 12 years, 16 years
  • Meningococcal B: 16 - 18 years
  • Human papillomavirus: 11 - 12 years, then another dose 6 months later.

Does your child need a few immunizations? Schedule an appointment with the Medfield or Weston, MA, office of Pediatric Associates of Wellesley. Call (508) 359-9200 to make an appointment at the Medfield office or (781) 736-0040 for the Weston office.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 13, 2022
Tags: Child Behavior  

If you believe your child isn’t reaching developmental milestones or they are chronically misbehaving or underachieving, visit Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston, MA, or Medfield, MA to discuss symptoms of atypical child behavior.

What Are Behavioral Conditions?

Children who frequently misbehave or underachieve may be dealing with a behavioral condition. Some common behavior conditions include Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These conditions may result in concerning child behavior like:

  • Losing their temper or throwing tantrums often
  • Arguing frequently and refusing to follow rules
  • Annoying or becoming easily annoyed by others
  • Running away, skipping school, or breaking serious rules
  • Bullying, fighting or hurting people or animals
  • Stealing, vandalizing, or lying on purpose
  • Losing or forgetting their school work or supplies
  • Inability to remember details or pay attention in class
  • Seems to not be listening when they are spoken to
  • Avoids homework, tests, or long, arduous mental tasks

While these symptoms don’t cover the full spectrum of behavioral disorders or how they may manifest in children, they are common manifestations of a behavioral condition that can be treated through medication, therapy, and perhaps holistic changes like diet and exercise. The professionals at the Weston, MA or Medfield, MA locations of Pediatric Associates of Wellesley can consult with you on treatments for this kind of child behavior.

What Are Developmental Conditions?

When a child is not meeting physical, learning, or behavioral milestones, they may have a developmental condition. Some behavioral problems manifesting with ADD can be attributed to developmental conditions, while some are not linked to specific behavior problems or conditions. Examples of common developmental conditions in children include hearing loss, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Language Disorders, vision impairment, Cerebral Palsy, or Intellectual Disability. Some signs your child is suffering from a developmental condition include:

  • Delayed learning to sit up, walk, crawl, or talk
  • Not reaching body weight or height milestones
  • Trouble remembering or understanding social rules
  • Difficulty connecting actions to consequences
  • Problem-solving difficulties
  • Stuttering, stammering, or not understanding words
  • Difficulty expressing themselves, or making sentences

There are many developmental and behavioral conditions that may manifest in unique ways in your children. If you are concerned they aren’t reaching their developmental milestones, or they are frequently and severely misbehaving, call (781) 736-0040 to make an appointment with your Weston, MA Pediatric Associates of Wellesley, or call (508) 359-9200 for your Medfield, MA location. 

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 12, 2022
Tags: Pediatrician   Newborn Care  

An important component of newborn care is scheduling regular well-visits with your baby’s pediatrician. Well-visits allow the doctor to closely monitor your little one’s growth and development to ensure everything is on track. In Midfield and Weston, MA, newborn care is available at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley. Our experienced and caring pediatric staff can help your child enjoy better health throughout childhood.

Well Visits for Newborns

Well-visits are checkups with your child’s pediatrician in which several aspects of health and wellness are examined. Well-visits include documentation of height and weight measurements, physical exams, hearing and vision screenings, behavioral assessments, monitoring developmental milestones, and vaccination.

Babies grow and develop quickly during the first few months so your newborn will have several well-visits with one of the skilled pediatricians at our office during this time. Your newborn’s first visit with a pediatrician will take place at the hospital within 24 hours of birth. A pediatric doctor will continue to examine your baby daily until released from the hospital.

Within a few days of discharging from the hospital, you will need to bring your little one into our pediatric office in either Midfield or Weston, MA, for newborn care. The next appointment is usually scheduled for two weeks later at about three weeks of age. Your little one’s next appointment will be at two months of age, then every two to three months until your baby reaches 18 months. The interval between well-visits is extended around this time so your little one won’t need to come in as often.

Newborn Vaccinations

An important aspect of well-visits is vaccination. Vaccinations protect your little one from the threat of many serious illnesses and diseases by helping your child build immunity to them. The vaccination and immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) begins at birth. Your newborn might receive the first dose of certain vaccines at the hospital Remaining doses and other vaccinations will be administered at our pediatric office according to the immunization schedule.

Well-visits are an essential component of newborn care. Our caring pediatric staff will monitor your child’s growth and development and help your little one enjoy better health. For newborn care in Weston, MA, schedule a well-visit with one of our pediatricians by calling Pediatric Associates of Wellesley at (781) 736-0040. Appointments are also available at our Midfield office location by calling (508) 359-9200.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 10, 2022
Tags: Nutrition Guidance  

As a parent, you want to be sure that your child is healthy and strong. The most important part of caring for your child is making sure that they’re getting the proper nutrition that is needed for their growing body. It may feel overwhelming, and you might not be sure where to start with nutrition. Your pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, can offer nutrition guidance to make sure that your child is properly nourished.

5 Tips to Child Nutrition

  1. Make mealtimes a priority. When meals are something that happens alone, your child may not be excited to eat, or may not care. When you make meals a priority, it gives your child something to look forward to every day. This can mean sitting down together as a family to eat dinner. This also helps give your child a safe space and can help establish healthy eating habits.
  2. Get your child involved. When your child is involved in their own meal preparation, it can make them more excited to eat healthier foods. You can bring your child with you to the grocery store and have them help pick out foods for the week. This is also a good chance to teach your child how to read a food label, giving them more responsibility and helping them understand what’s in the food they are eating.
  3. Slowly shift to healthier food options. Instead of revamping every part of your child’s meal, start by finding healthier alternatives to unhealthy foods. This can be switching out soda for water or switching from potato chips to nuts.
  4. Limit your child’s sugar intake. When you visit your pediatricians in Weston and Medfield, MA, for nutrition guidance, they may first suggest limiting how much sugar your child is getting. Naturally occurring sugar in fruits and vegetables is good, but foods with added sugars should be monitored and limited.
  5. Make fruits and veggies exciting. When you’re first introducing your child to fruits and veggies, they may not be thrilled to try new items, but there are ways to make it fun for your child. It’s important to always keep fresh fruit and vegetables on hand and let your child choose their favorite foods while shopping. You can also hide veggies in food so that your child is getting the nutrition they need without even knowing it.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

It’s important to make sure you start your child on good food habits at a young age! Contact your pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, to learn about nutrition guidance today! Call for the office in Weston, MA, at (781) 736-0040 and the office in Medfield, MA, at (508) 359-9200.

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