Welcome to Needham Pediatrics!
Located in the heart of Needham, Massachusetts, Needham Pediatrics is a primary care pediatric practice for patients from birth through 20 years of age.
We would like to welcome you to our brand new website! We have added some exciting new features for our patients, including a link to the Children's Hospital Patient Education Library to allow you to find useful information to help you care for your child!
If you are new to us, we welcome you to explore this website to learn more about Needham Pediatrics. Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone if you wish to join our practice. It will be our pleasure to serve you!
Information Regarding Allergies
Hi everyone. Seasonal allergies are hitting hard right now, and we are hearing from many families suffering from the high pollen counts. Included below are some links to a few helpful tip sheets from healthychildren.org about seasonal and other environmental allergens.
Let us know if you have additional questions or concerns, but please be advised that our call volumes and MyChart message volumes are much higher than normal currently. We will absolutely get back to you but turnaround times are a little longer currently given this uptick in volume. We hope these links can provide some helpful information as well. Thanks!
Updates in COVID Guidance
Hi everyone. The CDC recently announced changes to current guidelines for quarantine following an exposure or a positive test result, which have also now been adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Health. The information regarding this update is included below to aid as a review. Our phone nurses have been receiving a very large call volume recently regarding COVID exposures and positive tests. This is resulting in longer than normal wait times to receive a call back. We hope reviewing the information below may help answer common questions about quarantine, but you can always call the office if you have further questions or concerns.
Close contact definition: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.
For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
Testing day 5 after exposure is recommended. (Day 0 is the day of exposure).
If you develop symptoms at any time during the 10 days after exposure, you should immediately isolate until you have a COVID test confirming you are negative. If positive follow guidelines below.
Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure and test on day 5 if possible.
People who test positive (PCR or home test) should isolate for 5 days and, if no symptoms on day 5 (and at least 24 hours fever free), they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 additional days to minimize the risk of infecting others. If symptoms are present at day 5, isolation period remains 10 days
For children unable to wear a mask the isolation period remains 10 days.
For more information, click through the link below to our COVID-19 guidelines and FAQ page