Consumer Reports Ranks Hyde Park Pediatrics Top Pediatric Practice in Metro Boston. The Massachusetts Health Quality Partners surveyed patients of every primary care practice in Massachusetts. Our patients gave us top ratings for physician communication, timely appointments, and courteous and respectful help from office staff. We are thrilled to receive this recognition and hope to continue to improve our services to our patients and families. Check out the ratings click HERE
Ticks are everywhere! Children should be checked for ticks each night before bed if they have spent time outdoors. Look everywhere--ticks love warm dark places like skin folds and the scalp. The nymphal deer tick can be as small as a millimeter in size! If you find a tick, remove it by grasping it firmly with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out. To transmit Lyme Disease, a tick must be attached for more than 48 hours. If you are not sure how long the tick has been present, watch the area carefully for the next two weeks. Lyme Disease does not cause cough,sore throat, or runny nose. Call us if a red rash develops, or if your child develops fever, headache, neck pain, unusual fatigue, or generalized achiness
Families should maintain a well-stocked medicine cabinet in case an unexpected need arises. Hyde Park Pediatrics recommends that parents of young infants have available:
A digital thermometer, KY jelly and isopropyl alcohol; infant acetaminophen; diaper ointment; pedialyte; saline nose drops, a bulb syringe for removing nasal mucous, and a humidifier or vaporizer; antibiotic ointment; and a good moisturizer such as Hydrated Petrolatum.
For children older than 6 months we recommend adding:
Liquid diphenhydramine (Bendadryl); infant or child ibuprofen; pedialyte popsicles; sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher; calamine lotion; bandages of many sizes; and high quality tweezers for removing ticks and splinters.
Spring Allergy Season Is Here. Hyde Park Pediatrics would like to remind all of our patients who suffer from springtime allergies that it is time to begin your nasal steroid allergy medicines. Pollen counts in the air rise very quickly once the weather warms and trees and flowers begin to bloom. Nasal steroid medicines such as fluticasone (Flonase) and mometasone (Nasonex) work better to prevent allergy symptoms from developing, than ridding allergy symptoms once they are well-established. Patients with asthma which worsens in the Spring should consider moving to the yellow zone of their asthma action plan.
Introduction of Fish Into Infants' Diets Between 6-12 Months Old Significantly Reduces Their Risk of Asthma. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that infants who begin eating fish between 6 and 12 months old have a significantly lower risk of wheezing at age 4 years compared to infants who did not consume fish in the second half of the first year of life. Infants 6-12 months old should be offered fish along with a broad range of healthy, natural, non-chokable foods. Infants less than one year old should never be given honey.
Hyde Park Pediatrics welcomes you to your Family-Centered Medical Home. What is a Family-Centered Medical Home? The Medica Home is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, Family-Centered, coordinated, compassionate and culturally effective care. This means that our practice, as your medical home, is a central resource for all of your child's care needs. In our medical home your child's doctors and nurses will make you feel like you are an integral part of your child's health care team. We encourage parents to participate in all aspects of their child's care.