Resources for Parents
Boston Children’s Hospital: the #1 children’s hospital in the nation, nine years in a row
When you choose a pediatrician in the Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance, you not only receive excellent care in your neighborhood, you also have access to the top specialists in the country.
Four way to support your teen's mental health
Being a teen is hard enough, but with the current adolescent mental health crisis, parents should know about the psychosocial challenges teens face nowadays.
Out of balance: How hormones can affect your child's period
If your tween or teen is experiencing irregular periods, they aren’t alone. In the first two years after getting a period, you should expect fluctuation in cycle length and duration.
Helping your child understand puberty
We all remember the changes — and awkwardness — of puberty. But helping your child navigate puberty is a whole different matter.
Kids and gum disease: Top six things parents should know
Every kid needs a healthy smile. While a cavity affects only the tooth, gum disease can inflame the gums and damage the bones and surrounding tissues of the mouth.
Melatonin for kids: Is it safe? Is it effective?
You’ve heard melatonin can help with insomnia. Perhaps your pediatrician has recommended it. But is it really beneficial, and can your child take it safely?
Childproofing your home: A checklist for parents
Dr. Katherine Shearer, from Longwood Pediatrics of Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance, shares some adjustments for keeping your child safe at home. While sleep is a peaceful time of rest for your infant, creating a safe sleep environment can be s
Helping your child understand puberty
For advice for helping your child through puberty, we spoke with Dr. Caitlyn Hark, a primary care physician from Framingham Pediatrics and Dr. Frances Grimstad, a gynecologist from the Division of Gynecology.
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Sweet dreams: A guide to infant sleep
While sleep is a peaceful time of rest for your infant, creating a safe sleep environment can be stressful. For insights on safe sleep, we spoke to Dr. Shana Zandman from Brookline Pediatrics.
Pediatricians Ready To Roll Out Pfizer COVID Vaccine For Kids
CBS News speaks with Framingham Pediatrics, parents and children are inquiring about the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. Dr. Margaret Crawford says she expects an influx of families to sign up for the vaccine.
Bullying at all ages: How to spot the signs and support your child
Bullying affects children of all ages, from preschool to high school. For insight on how to spot the signs that your child is being bullied and how to best support them, we spoke with experts from the Boston Children's Primary Care Alliance.Learn More about Bullying at all ages: How to spot the signs and support your child
The dos and don’ts of potty training
Potty training your child can be as exciting as it is frustrating. For insight on common potty training questions, we spoke with Dr. Wanessa Risko at Singular Pediatrics.Learn More about The dos and don’ts of potty training
Teething: Which remedies are safe for babies?
Dr. Molly Lederman at Lexington Pediatrics shares common teething remedies and highlights a few popular methods you should avoid.Learn More about Teething: Which remedies are safe for babies?
More than the blues: Navigating postpartum depression
The shift from pregnancy to parenthood is called the postpartum period. Dr. Andrea Sachs at Chestnut Hill Pediatrics explains what parents can expect and how to navigate this period.Learn More about More than the blues: Navigating postpartum depression
Helping your child cope with separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is very common and each child experiences it a little differently. Dr. Angelica Espinosa-Louissaint at Commonwealth Pediatrics explains how parents can support their child with separation anxiety.Learn More about Helping your child cope with separation anxiety
How to help your child rekindle friendships at any age
An expert at Fellsway Pediatrics of Boston Children's Primary Care Alliance shares helpful tips for children rekindle their friendships amidst the pandemic.Learn More about How to help your child rekindle friendships at any age
Practice positivity: Navigating body image with your child
Body positivity reminds us that all bodies deserve acceptance, respect and care. Nobody feels beautiful every second of the day, but you can empower your child to practice positivity. A Boston Children's Primary Care Alliance expert shares her insights.Learn More about Practice positivity: Navigating body image with your child
Finding a nutrition plan that works for your family
Should your child follow the same specialized diet as you? Every day, many people follow specialized diets, but is it the best choice? Experts at Lexington Pediatrics and Bridgewater Pediatrics of the Primary Care Alliance give their thoughts.Learn More about Finding a nutrition plan that works for your family
How lactation specialists can help you find answers to your nursing goals
Lactation specialists offer support and guidance to all parents, regardless if they choose to breastfeed or not. Experts at Pediatrics at Newton Wellesley of the Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance share their insights.Learn More about How lactation specialists can help you find answers to your nursing goals
Send your kids to camp with peace of mind: Safety guidelines to look for this summer
Dr. Brian DiGiovanni at Post Road Pediatrics and Kimberly Barret, a physician assistant at Bridgewater Pediatrics, share safety guidelines to look for this summer as children head to summer camps.Learn More about Send your kids to camp with peace of mind: Safety guidelines to look for this summer
Mental health during COVID-19: Answers for families
Dr. Kern from Bridgewater Pediatrics and two experts from Boston Children's Hospital discussed the current mental health crisis, tips parents can use to help their children, signs to look for in children, and more.Learn More about Mental health during COVID-19: Answers for families
You’re not alone in asking: Five common questions about your baby’s first year
When you welcome a new baby to the family, reading books and parenting websites can still leave you with questions when it comes to your baby’s first year. Alliance providers share advice on the most frequently asked questions of new parents.Learn More about You’re not alone in asking: Five common questions about your baby’s first year
Pfizer's Seeking Vaccine Approval for Younger Kids
Dr. Anthony Giordano of Pediatric Health Care Associates weighs in on the possibility for a Pfizer vaccine for children in NBC Boston’s article “Parents of Kids Under 12 Cheer News Pfizer's Seeking Vaccine Approval for Younger Kids.”Learn More about Pfizer's Seeking Vaccine Approval for Younger Kids
Before bringing your newborn home from the hospital…
After delivering your baby, it’s easy to forget all the questions you had for the nurses and doctors. So, experts from Boston Children's Primary Care Alliance created a list of seven things to remember before bringing your newborn home.Learn More about Before bringing your newborn home from the hospital…
Meet Dr. Chang
Dr. Tien-Lan Chang of Malden Pediatrics shares why pediatrics is the perfect field for himLearn More about Meet Dr. Chang
Behavioral health: What parents should know
Concerns surrounding behavioral health have continued to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with behavioral health specialists in the Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance about the growing concerns surrounding behavioral health.Learn More about Behavioral health: What parents should know
Is your teen depressed?
Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance providers are truly passionate about their work. In honor of Doctors’ Day, a few Alliance providers shared their favorite thing about being a pediatrician.Learn More about Is your teen depressed?
Happy Doctors’ Day!
Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance providers are truly passionate about their work. In honor of Doctors’ Day, a few Alliance providers shared their favorite thing about being a pediatrician.Learn More about Happy Doctors’ Day!
Spring health tips for parents
Dr. Carolyn Sax of Hyde Park Pediatrics explains everything you need to know about ticks, seasonal allergies, and more in this blog.Learn More about Spring health tips for parents
International Read to Me Day
Mariah Peric, a nurse at Pediatrics at Newton Wellesley, is a published children’s author. For International Read to Me Day, pick up Dino Stan and the Big Brass Band.Learn More about International Read to Me Day
Everything you need to know about thermometers
We interviewed two medical experts — Michael Elkort, M.D., pediatrics at Newton Wellesley, and Jacqueline Jossen, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics gastroenterology at Columbia University — to learn more about thermometers and how they work.Learn More about Everything you need to know about thermometers
The most important meal of the day
Starting your child’s day with a nutritious breakfast sets them up for a successful day. Consider these ideas when making your child’s breakfast. And remember, whole grains + their favorite fruit = a nourishing meal!Learn More about The most important meal of the day
Common signs of dyslexia
Reading is a fun outlet for your child, but those with dyslexia may find it more difficult than others. Familiarize yourself with these signs of dyslexia so you can best support your child.Learn More about Common signs of dyslexia
Ten questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your family
Selecting a pediatrician is an important decision for you and your family – if you're starting your search or know somebody who is, check out these ten important questions to consider.Learn More about Ten questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your family
COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers for Families
Thomas Sandora, MD, Ana M. Vaughn, MD, and Eleanor Menzin, MD, of Longwood Pediatrics discuss the COVID-19 vaccine during our COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers for Families webinar.Learn More about COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers for Families
Heart concerns and returning to sports after COVID
Chestnut Hill Pediatrics’ Dr. Tina Feeley spoke with Boston 25 News last week about the risk of heart problems among athletes who test positive for COVID-19.Learn More about Heart concerns and returning to sports after COVID
HPV Vaccine: What families should know
HPV is very common and can lead to cancers. Fortunately, the HPV vaccine is proven effective against certain types of the virus.Learn More about HPV Vaccine: What families should know
Framingham Pediatrics’ Dr. Baumel recommends, "To help parents during the pandemic, dress in clothes that you would normally wear to work. This indicates to your kids you are at work and they know to respect boundaries."Learn More about Tip Tuesday
Is it "good" or "bad" for you?
Teaching our children to eat well is not a simple task — but perhaps that’s because we are looking at it from the wrong angle.Learn More about Is it "good" or "bad" for you?
Gearing up for sports? Call your child’s pediatrician
Every year, young athletes are required to get sports physicals. But, did you know that these physicals should be done by your child’s PCP?Learn More about Gearing up for sports? Call your child’s pediatrician
Common questions from parents
Boston Children’s Primary Care Alliance providers from Child Health Associates share how they’re keeping patients and families safe.Learn More about Common questions from parents
Winter wellness webinar
Erica Lee, PhD; Kristin Moffitt, MD & Lexington Pediatrics’ Jesse Lock, MD discuss these topics during our Winter Wellness webinar.Learn More about Winter wellness webinar
Caring for your new baby
Providers from Bridgewater Pediatrics share advice to new parents during COVID-19.Learn More about Caring for your new baby
The new COVID-19 variant
B.1.1.7. is a newly discovered version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. What else do we know about this new virus variant?Learn More about The new COVID-19 variant
A child's guide to COVID-19
If your child needs a COVID test, they may be a little nervous. Boston Children's produced this video to explain how the test works in kid friendly terms.Learn More about A child's guide to COVID-19
Gearing up for a COVID-19 Winter
Dr. Debbie James of Children's Garden Pediatrics offers words of encouragement to all those parenting through these unprecedented times.Learn More about Gearing up for a COVID-19 Winter
The flu shot
Flu shots save lives by preventing influenza (flu), or reducing complications if children do get sick.Learn More about The flu shot