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By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
October 12, 2021

Does your child behave in ways you just can't understand, which causes unnecessary stress in your family? They might have a behavioral disorder that could impact how well they interact with others. Thankfully, our pediatrician professionals in Medfield or Weston, MA, can provide parents with the help they need. Here at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley, we can assess your child's behaviors and develop a solution that makes sense for you and your child.

Some Children Have Behavior Disorders

Behavior disorders include disruptive behavior that lasts for six months or longer. They affect a child in all aspects of their life, including home, school, and social interactions. They can develop in just about any child and may be related to genetics, interactions with parents, and much more. A few of the most common behavioral disorders experienced include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Hyperactive Personality Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Defiant Personality Disorder

The severity of these disorders varies on a case-by-case basis. For instance, ADD may be easily treatable for some children but not for others. And Defiant Personality Disorder may cause a child to act aggressively towards parents and all other authority figures. In this situation, a behavioral consultation may be precisely what your child needs.

When You Need a Consultation

A behavior consultation lets a pediatrician in Weston, MA, or Medfield examine your child's behavioral issues. Specialists carefully watch a child, interact with them, and gauge what disorders they may possess. They also watch parents see ways that they might reinforce these actions.

Often, parents don't realize that they contribute to a child's issues and need redirection and training themselves. Thankfully, Consultation gives parents and children a better insight into the roots of these behaviors. It also helps them understand the extent of their severity and come up with a care plan.

For instance, a pediatrician may find that the child singles out a specific parent when behaving poorly. They may crave attention from this parent and use poor behaviors to get interaction. Or a child's poor school performance may be connected to hyperactivity disorders that make it hard for them to sit still for long. Whatever the problem, good consultation can identify it and create a beneficial care option.

Get the Help You Need

If you think your child needs behavior consultation, you need to work with a pediatrician that you can trust. Thankfully, we at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley can help you. Our team of professionals will assess your child's behavior and create a care package that makes sense. You can call our Weston office at (781) 736-0040 or our Medfield office at (508) 359-9200 to learn more.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
September 01, 2021
Tags: Sick Child Visit  

A sick child is every parent's worst nightmare. It's not always easy to determine when to seek medical attention for your sick child. Your doctors at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley are committed to providing your child with the best medical care during a sick child visit in Weston and Medfield, MA.

When a Sick Child Visit Is Necessary

Sick child visits to your child's pediatrician happen when your child is sick. It can be tough to determine if your child needs to see a doctor. These signs can let you know if a sick child visit to your pediatrician is necessary. Signs that your child needs to be brought in for a sick child visit in Weston and Medfield, MA, include:

  • Fever above 100.4°F for babies younger than two months old and 104°F for older kids
  • Fever persists for more than two days
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Broken bones
  • Joint dislocations
  • Trauma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Persistent headaches

Call your doctor's office to clarify any confusion.

What Happens During a Sick Child Visit?

You doctors at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley are available to attend to your child 365 days a year. So, your child can get proper medical attention always. During your sick child visit, your doctor will need to learn everything about your child's condition. If your child can talk, they may explain their symptoms better to you. Your doctor will need your family medical history too.

Next up is the physical exam. Your pediatrician will monitor your child's temperature, heartbeat, and breathing. Your child's doctor may order some tests that help in diagnosing your child's condition if they think they're necessary. Your doctor's diagnosis can help your child get the right treatment so that they feel better as soon as possible.

As a parent, it's only natural to worry about your child's health. If your child is sick, they deserve the best medical care. Therefore, schedule a sick child visit in Weston and Medfield, MA, with your doctors at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley by calling:

Weston (781) 736-0040

Medfield (508) 359-9200

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
August 10, 2021
Tags: Newborn Care  

Do you have a new addition to your family? Preventive care offered by the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Medfield, and Weston, MA, helps you ensure that your newborn is growing and thriving.
 

Why Preventive Care is Important

Following the well-child visit schedule recommended by your child's pediatricians in Medfield, and Weston, MA, is a simple way to protect your child's health. During the visit your child's doctor will:

  • Assess Your Child's Physical Development: Although every child develops on his or her own schedule, comparing your child's height, length, and head circumference to standard growth chart measurements can help the pediatrician spot potential issues early on and recommend helpful interventions or treatments.
  • Ensure That Your Newborn is Getting Adequate Nutrition: During visits, your child's pediatrician will also look for signs indicating that your child isn't getting enough breast milk or formula. Signs may include excessive sleepiness or failure to gain weight. A sunken soft spot or less than six wet diapers a day could mean that your baby is dehydrated. If it appears that your baby isn't receiving the full benefits of feedings, your child's pediatrician can help you identify the causes and make feeding suggestions.
  • Immunize Your Baby: Immunizations protect your baby from illnesses that could make them seriously ill or cause lifelong health complications. Your child will receive the bulk of their immunizations during the first few years of life, although they will need boosters throughout childhood. Immunizations protect your child from developing a variety of illnesses including whooping cough, hepatitis, rotavirus, diphtheria, mumps, measles, and chickenpox.
  • Check Developmental Milestones: During well-child visits, your pediatrician will note if your newborn is meeting common milestones, such as making fists with the hands or turning their head from side to side. Some babies are quicker to reach milestones than others. Just because your child hasn't yet reached a milestone doesn't necessarily mean that there is a problem. Milestones are just one of the factors your child's pediatrician considers when evaluating their health.
  • Evaluate Vision and Hearing: Newborn preventive care visits also include hearing and vision assessments. Although a newborn's vision is a little fuzzy at first, it will gradually become sharper as the months pass.

Need to arrange a preventive care visit for your newborn? Schedule an appointment with the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley by calling (781) 736-0040 for the Weston, MA, office, or (508) 359-9200 for the Medfield, MA, office.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
April 30, 2021
Tags: Ear Infection  
Ear InfectionWondering if your child might be dealing with an ear infection?

While you will certainly know when you’re dealing with an ear infection; unfortunately kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, can’t tell you that they are experiencing ear pain. Ear infections are incredibly common in young children, with five out of six children experiencing at least one ear infection by the time they turn three years old. Know the warning signs and when to turn to your pediatrician for treatment.

They may have trouble sleeping

It’s not too surprising that with pressure building up in the middle ear due to bacteria that your child may get fussy or even throw a tantrum about going to bed. Children with ear infections often toss and turn and feel worse when they lie down. If your little one suddenly starts crying when they lie down this could be a sign of an ear infection.

They tug at their ears

While a toddler won’t be able to tell you that their ear hurts, they can show you. You may be able to discern whether your child could have an ear infection by whether or not they are tugging and pulling at their ears. Again, the pressure inside the ears can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, and children might fidget with their ears to minimize the discomfort.

They could have a fever

If a child has a middle ear infection, commonly, they could also have a fever. If your child’s ear looks red, if they tug at their ear and seem fussier lately, and they have a fever over 100 degrees F then it’s probably time to see a pediatrician.

Their ears might drain

Another telltale sign of an ear infection in your little one is the presence of fluid or pus draining from the ear. If there is the presence of blood in the fluid this might be a sign of a ruptured eardrum. While the eardrum will heal on its own, it’s still a good idea to see your pediatrician if pus or fluid is draining from your child’s ear.

If your child is displaying symptoms of an ear infection, or if you’re concerned about your child’s recurring ear infections, it’s important to talk with your pediatrician. A pediatrician will be able to dispense the proper medication and discuss other ways to reduce your child’s risk of developing future infections.
By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
April 13, 2021
Tags: Mono   Kissing Disease   Mononucleosis  
MononucleosisMono, nicknamed the “kissing disease” because of how easily it spreads from person to person, is a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Pediatricians most often see this infection in teens and it may be mistaken for the flu. While most cases of mono will go away on their own, it can take months for a child or teen to fully recover. It’s important to be able to recognize the differences between the influenza virus and mono.

What are the symptoms of mono?

Symptoms will vary between children, teens, and adults. Children don’t typically show the standard symptoms of mono. In fact, mono might look more like a cold or flu in your little one. The classic symptoms associated with mono are more apparent in teens and young adults between the ages of 15 to 24 years old.

Classic mono symptoms include,
  • High fever
  • Extreme fatigue and exhaustion
  • Body aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes of the neck
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Headache
Symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, and muscle weakness may be severe and can last for several weeks.

When should I turn to a pediatrician?

As you might already know, many of the symptoms above can be caused by colds, flu, and other infections that aren’t mono. If your child’s symptoms are mild, then you might not need to come into our office right away. Of course, if symptoms persist for weeks or get worse, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician.

You should call your pediatrician right away if,
  • Your child develops a severe headache or sore throat
  • Has seizures
  • Displays changes in behavior
  • Has a very high fever over 104 F
  • Is dehydrated
  • Develops a rash
While teens and adults can often be diagnosed through a standard physical examination, your pediatrician may need to perform blood tests to detect the Epstein-Barr virus in babies and young children.

If you are concerned that your teen may have mono, you must schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible. While most cases will go away on their own without treatment, your child’s doctor can provide you with options for helping your child better manage their symptoms and feel better faster.