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Before vaccines were available, childhood diseases affected or killed far too many children. Even after recovering from an illness, some children experienced complications that made their lives much harder. Fortunately, kids today don't have to face the health consequences of polio, diphtheria, measles, and other diseases thanks to immunizations available from the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Medfield, and Weston, MA.
How immunizations protect your child
Immunizations prompt your child's body to produce antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that recognize and attack specific bacteria or viruses. If your child is ever exposed to the bacteria or virus, the antibodies will prevent your child from getting sick or reduce the severity of the symptoms.
The more children are immunized, the better. When most of the people in your area are immunized, diseases can't spread to babies who are too young to receive vaccines or children and adults who can't get immunizations because of health conditions.
Immunizations your child needs
When you visit the Medfield and Weston, MA, pediatric offices, your child's doctor will share the recommended immunization schedule with you. Many vaccines require additional booster dosages that help make the immunizations more effective. During the first few years of your child's life, you'll be visiting the office regularly for immunizations and well-child checkups.
Immunizations recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics include:
- HepB (Birth, 1 - 2 months, and 6 - 18 months)
- Rotavirus (2 months and 4 months)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 - 18 months, and 4 to 6 years)
- Polio (2 months, 4 months, 6 - 18 months, and 4 - 6 years)
- HiB (2 months, 4 months, and 12 - 15 months)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (12 - 15 months and 4 - 6 years)
- Varicella (12 - 15 months and 4 - 6 years)
- Pneumoccocal conjugate (2 months, 4 months, 6 - 18 months, and 4 - 6 years)
- Meningococcal b (16 - 18 years)
- Influenza (Yearly)
- Human papillomavirus (11-12 years, plus a second dose 6 to 12 months later)
Is your child due for an immunization? Get in touch with your Weston, and Medfield, MA, pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley to schedule your child's visit. Call (781) 736-0040 for the Weston, MA, office, or (508) 359-9200 for the Medfield, MA, office.
- Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
- The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
- The cut is around their eye
- The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
- The cut is gaping open
- There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
- The cut is spurting blood
When should I call the pediatrician?
If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
- The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
- There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
- The child has been bitten by an animal
- The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
- There is still severe pain after a few hours
If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.
While tetanus can cause some serious symptoms including “lockjaw," it is completely preventable with a vaccination. The DTaP vaccine is used to prevent tetanus (along with diphtheria and pertussis) and your child will get their first series of shots at 2, 4, and 6 months. Your child will also need another tetanus shot between the ages of 15 to 18 months old and between 4-6 years old.
Most children will develop symptoms within two weeks of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of tetanus include,
- Painful and severe muscle spasms
- Shoulder, jaw, and neck stiffness
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Rapid heart rate
Types of Car Seats
Before your child can just start buckling up like a big kid, they need to use car seats. Children from birth until 3 years old will use a rear-facing car seat. From 3-7 years old children will upgrade to the forward-facing car seat. Then the booster seat is typically used anywhere from 5-12 years, depending on their height and manufacturer’s guidelines. Children should be at least five years old, weigh at least 40 pounds and be over the height and weight requirements for their forward-facing car seat to be ready to upgrade to a booster seat.
Choosing the Right Car Seat
When it comes to choosing a car seat, we know that it can be difficult to narrow it down. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides useful information to help you find the right car seat by comparing different ones on the market. You can also talk to your pediatrician, who can provide you with a wellspring of information and advice on choosing the right car seat for your little one.
Installing Your Child’s Car Seat
Before starting, it’s important to read the manufacturer’s installation guide so that you can better understand the car seat and how it should be installed. Along with following the installation guide that comes with the car seat, the NHTSA also provides some helpful safety tips for a successful installation.
Did you know that once you have your car seat in-place that you can have it inspected to make sure that it’s properly installed? This can provide families with the peace of mind that they need to know that their child is safe every time they buckle up.
From booster seats to booster shots, you must be doing everything possible to keep your child healthy and safe. This also means finding quality pediatricians that you trust to provide you with the tips, advice, and care to support your child’s health.