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By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
November 10, 2022
Tags: Prenatal Visit  

A prenatal visit with a pediatrician is an excellent way to begin caring for your baby before birth. Pediatricians specialize in treating children of all ages, including newborns. The prenatal visit affords an opportunity to become familiar with our pediatric team so you feel comfortable and confident bringing your little one in for routine well-care visits following birth. The caring providers at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Medfield and Weston, MA, offer prenatal visits to answer all your pediatric questions.

What is a Pediatric Prenatal Visit?

A pediatric prenatal visit is an appointment between you, the expectant parent, and a pediatrician that allows you to get to know one another better before your little one is born. Your baby will have many well-care visits during the first few years of life so it is important to find the right pediatrician for you and your child.

During a pediatric prenatal visit at our Weston, MA, practice you’ll learn all about our pediatric team and office. We’ll answer any questions you have about caring for your little one and provide guidance in various areas, including car seats, feedings, immunizations, and more. We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you begin this exciting new journey into parenthood.

Another aspect of a prenatal visit is gathering information about you, your family, and your family’s health history. This information helps us better customize a care plan that best meets the needs of you and your baby.

Benefits of a Pediatric Prenatal Visit

A major benefit of a pediatric prenatal visit is that it gives you the chance to develop a positive working relationship with your child’s pediatricians even before birth. That way you can feel more confident and comfortable when the time comes to bring your little one in for those first well-care visits.

Another benefit of scheduling a pediatric prenatal visit is that it gives you the opportunity to learn more about the services we offer. In addition to monitoring the grown and development of your child, we provide a wide range of healthcare services to help promote better health for your little one throughout childhood. Services include newborn care, routine checkups, immunizations, sick child visits, and more.

It is recommended that you schedule a prenatal visit to get to know your child’s pediatricians. The visit is also a great opportunity to learn more about newborn care. To schedule a prenatal visit in Weston, MA, call Pediatric Associates of Wellesley at (781) 736-0040, or at (508) 359-9200 for our Medfield location.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
November 10, 2022
Tags: Nutrition   Nutritionist  

There are many reasons why you should have your child see a nutritionist. Nutritionists provide dietary guidance that helps kids stay healthy and get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients their growing minds and bodies need. A nutritionist can also assist with special dietary needs, such as food allergies or eating gluten-free. The board-certified pediatricians and nutritionists at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, provide nutrition and dietary guidance to keep your child healthy.

Importance of Good Nutrition for Kids 

Providing your children with a healthy and balanced diet helps ensure they are getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to grow and develop properly. Good nutrition also helps them develop strong bones and teeth, as well as maintain a healthy body weight. Additionally, good nutrition helps prevent illness and certain health issues. Plus, when you help your kids develop healthy eating habits, you are helping them establish a foundation for eating healthy throughout their lives.

Some key benefits of ensuring children are enjoying a nourishing and healthy diet include:

  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Healthy body weight
  • Stable energy 
  • Better mood
  • More alert
  • Think more clearly 
  • Prevention of illness and disease 
  • Develop healthy habits 

Benefits of Seeing a Nutritionist 

There are numerous benefits to having your child see a nutritionist at our Weston and Medfield, MA, pediatric offices. A nutritionist can help ensure your child is eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes the proper amounts of nutrients needed at different ages. If your child has food allergies or requires a special diet, such as gluten-free, a nutritionist can assist with recommendations for food substitutions. 

Nutritionists teach kids about eating healthy so they can begin making wise dietary choices on their own, especially as they get older. In general, the nutritionist is there to provide guidance in helping you and your child implement healthy eating habits at home. 

Every child can benefit from seeing a nutritionist. You should have your child see one if you need general dietary guidance or assistance with managing special dietary concerns, such as food allergies. To schedule an appointment with a nutritionist in Weston and Medfield, MA, call Pediatric Associates of Wellesley at (781) 736-0040 for the Weston office or at (508) 359-9200 for Medfield.

By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
April 22, 2022
Tags: Seasonal Allergies  

As the temperature starts to get warmer and pollen runs free, you might notice that your child is sneezing more often, rubbing their eyes, and constantly blowing their nose. Seasonal allergies can be difficult to deal with and your child might miss out on activities because they aren’t feeling well. It’s not always easy to tell if your child is dealing with allergies or a regular cold, so it’s important that you’re able to tell the difference between the two and get your child the treatment they need. Your pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, can help you identify if your child is sick or dealing with seasonal allergies.

How to Spot Seasonal Allergies

The symptoms associated with seasonal allergies and a cold can be extremely similar and you may not be sure what kind of treatment will be best for your child. This is why it’s important to talk to your child’s pediatrician in Weston and Medfield, MA, so that your child can receive the proper care that they need.

Most commonly, the biggest sign that your child is dealing with seasonal allergies is when they’re constantly rubbing their eyes. This doesn’t really occur with a normal cold or flu and is the biggest thing to look out for.

Dealing with allergies can make your child feel miserable and can make it difficult for them to concentrate in school. They’ll usually sound stuffy and congested and may also be breathing with their mouth open.

Contact Your Pediatrician Today!

Find out if your child is dealing with a cold or seasonal allergies. Contact your pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston and Medfield, MA, to learn more about seasonal allergies and how they can affect your child. Call for more information today at (781) 736-0040 for the office in Weston, MA, and (508) 359-9200 for the office in Medfield, MA.

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 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.