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Living with Springtime Allergies

Springtime brings warm weather, flowers, and, for many children, seasonal allergies. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include itchy and runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. In addition to these symptoms, children can have a chronic cough, bad breath, scratchy throat, fatigue, and decreased appetite. Some of the most important steps in alleviating your child’s allergy symptoms begin with prevention. Allergy Prevention The first line of treatment is to minimize or eliminate exposure to the allergy causing substances,


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by Dr.Carolyn Sax Colic is defined as crying for no clear reason for over 3 hours a day, more than 3 days per week, more than 3 weeks in a row.  But the definition is not so important, the real question parents have is, “WHY IS MY BABY CRYING AND HOW DO I MAKE HER FEEL BETTER??” Most colic begins around 2 weeks old and resolves between 2-3 months old. There are lots of theories


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Nosebleeds, though common, can be very scary.  They occur most frequently in the dry winter months, but some kids are bothered more during their seasonal allergies. Most nosebleeds are caused by irritation of tiny blood vessels at the front of the nose. Luckily most can be stopped using a few simple techniques. Have your child sit up and gently tilt his head forward. Putting his head back results in more swallowed blood which is upsetting


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IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL? LEARN ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION EVALUATION PROCESS If your child is struggling to make effective progress in school, it’s important to find out why and to determine how your child can be helped. This can be a daunting process, so it helps to know your rights as a parent and how the special education evaluation process works. Your first step is to contact your public school district, submitting a



These pesky bumps, called MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM, are one of the most common childhood rashes. They are caused by a kind of wart virus and are more common in kids with eczema. If left alone, most will resolve on their own. About half of all kids will be rid of them in 12 months, and about 70% of kids will have no more molluscum by 18 months. Here is the really annoying them about them–there is

The Scoop on Croup

General Information

by Debra Simons, MS, PNP Croup is a very common childhood illness that generally occurs during the fall and winter, and most often affects children three months to five years of age.  Croup is usually caused by a virus (most often parainfluenza, influenza, or adenovirus), which produces swelling of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), and windpipe (trachea).  A croup episode usually lasts about three to five days. The illness usually begins like a cold,

The Common Cold (Upper Respiratory Infection)

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD GETS A COLD             Colds are the most common childhood illnesses, and they are more common in the winter.  A typical child will have about six colds a year.  A child in daycare can be expected to have more.  Some children will have colds almost all winter long.  Frequent colds are unpleasant, but generally not a sign of a problem with the immune system.  Colds are caused by germs

“STAND UP STRAIGHT!” Great Advice, But It Won’t Prevent Scoliosis

General Information

WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS? Scoliosis is a curving of the spine from side to side. Most children with scoliosis develop the curvature of their spine during their rapid growth spurts.  Rather than growing straight up and down, the spine grows with a curve to the side, either in one place, causing a C shape, or in two places, causing an S shape. In the vast majority of children, there is no specific cause for the scoliosis.

Is Your Child at Risk for Iron Deficiency Anemia?

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  Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional problem of childhood.  Children who fail to receive adequate iron in their diets to support growth and development will develop iron deficiency.  Iron is required by the body to produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the bloodstream to the tissues.  When children do not have adequate iron, they may become anemic.  Anemia means that the number of red blood cells in the child’s body is

When is picky eating normal and when is it cause for concern?

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  It’s quite common for parents to be concerned about the way their young children eat. Over 50% of moms  thinks they have a poor eater. With so many children considered poor eaters, surely many of these children must be following a normal pattern, but how can a parent know? Pediatricians try to sort this out by first determining what is meant by “poor eating.” Does poor eating mean a child eats too little or

Pediatric Care For Your Older Teen…


HOW TO PREPARE FOR 18 AND BEYOND For many parents a child’s 18th birthday looms like an approaching cliff. Your child steps over the precipice and suddenly you have no legal rights to view his medical information. Indeed as soon as a teen reaches his 18th birthday, by law his medical information belongs to him and it cannot be shared with a parent without his consent. Age of majority is not just about confidentiality, many

What is Body Mass Index?

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Well child visits are an opportunity for us to assess your child’s growth and development. You may be used to learning your child’s height and weight at his check-up, but may be less familiar with the measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI), which is also now measured at every well child visit.  Just what is the BMI, and why is it important to measure it regularly for children and teenagers? The BMI is a ratio

Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)

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  You may have heard that many bacterial infections are becoming increasingly resistent to antibiotics. Skin infections in particular are now  commonly caused by a bacteria called MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus).  MRSA can infect open wounds or cause boils to form at otherwise normal skin sites. MRSA infections are often described as “looking like a spider bite:”  they are typically red, swollen, and painful, and may drain infected fluid.     How can you


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Dispelling the Most Common Acne Myths   What causes acne? Acne usually starts in the teenage years because of the hormonal changes that occur as we mature.  The body begins to produce hormones called androgens, which are male hormones but which are found in both men and women.  These hormones cause an excess of oil to build up in the pores.  When this oil clogs the pores, it leads to whiteheads and blackheads, which are

22 Tips for Feeding Your Picky Toddler

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by Debra Simons, PNP  One of the most common concerns of parents is what to feed a picky toddler. Most infants are enthusiastic eaters, but once children reach the 15-month mark, they often become less interested in eating and may become downright picky. Infants are covered in luscious layers of baby fat. But in the toddler years children burn through that fat and caloric needs along with appetite decreases. As a result, toddlers become picky.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

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Vomiting and Diarrhea Vomiting and diarrhea illnesses are often referred to as “stomach flu,” but are more accurately called gastroenteritis. Most vomiting and diarrheal illnesses occur through the unpleasant-to-think-about route of “fecal-oral spread,” which means that children pick up fecal germs on their hands when they use a bathroom contaminated by another ill child. These germs are then spread onto surfaces that other children touch. Children who touch these surfaces and then touch their mouths

Why We Stand Behind Immunizations

Preventive Medicine

Why We Stand Behind Immunizations By Carolyn Sax, M.D. and Olutoyin Fayemi, M.D. All of the clinicians at Hyde Park Pediatrics are firmly committed to immunizing all children as early as possible, according to the guidelines that have been established by the Centers for Disease Control and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The following article is the first in a three-part series provides some facts about immunizations and dispels a few common myths.

Infant Head Flattening (Positional Plagiocephaly)


INFANT HEAD SHAPE–WHY DO SO MANY BABIES HAVE FLATTENING?  by Carolyn Sax M.D. Back sleeping and flattened heads Older people may tell you that in their day babies had beautiful, rounded heads. Why is it that nowadays so many babies seem to have flattened skulls? Before 1994, most parents put their babies to sleep on their bellies. But in 1994 the American Academy of Pediatrics, recognizing a higher rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Cholesterol Screening

Preventive Medicine

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AT HYDE PARK PEDIATRICS At your child’s next well visit, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire about your child’s risk factors for high cholesterol. It may seem strange to ask about high cholesterol in children as young as two years old, but The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have determined that it is important to identify children at risk of high cholesterol as young an age as

Newborn Rashes and Skin Care

Preventive Medicine

Newborn Rashes and Skin Care by Kara Ryan, MD Newborn babies commonly develop skin conditions and rashes.  Recognizing and properly treating these conditions is important.  This article will review some of the common rashes and skin conditions of infancy and provide a few general recommendations regarding newborn skin care. The Basics Newborn skin is very sensitive.  A good general philosophy to adopt is “the less, the better” in caring for your new baby’s skin. For

Preventable Diseases


Warning! Some of these pictures are graphic! Diptheria Tetanus Pertussis Polio Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib) Pneumococcal Disease (PCV13) Hepatitis B Mumps Measles Rubella Chicken Pox DIPHTHERIA TOP TETANUS TOP PERTUSSIS TOP POLIO TOP HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZA TYPE B TOP PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE TOP HEPATITIS B TOP MUMPS TOP MEASLES TOP RUBELLA TOP CHICKENPOX TOP

Poison Ivy


  Poison-ivy dermatitis is the itchy, uncomfortable rash that results from direct contact with the plant of the same name (botanical name Rhus). Other plants—such as poison oak and poison sumac—are capable of causing a similar allergic dermatitis. The only way to prevent this miserable summertime malady is to avoid contact with the plant’s toxic oil (urushiol oil) the sticky resin-like substance on the leaves, vines, and roots of the plant. Not everyone is allergic

Parenting Book List

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Here’s a list of books for parents. We hope you find them enjoyable and useful. Baby and Child Care Parenting Toilet Training Breast Feeding Discipline Thumb Sucking Medical Care Feeding and Nutrition Adolescence Infant and Child Development Sleep Problems Sex Education Anxiety/OCD  Depression  Teaching Social Skills Attention and Learning Concerns Autism Encourage Kindness Towards Others Parent Recommended Books Additional Websites BABY AND CHILD CARE Caring for Your Baby and Young Child by American Academy of

Car Seat Information

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Car-seats and seatbelts are essential for safe travel for you and your children. The following is a brief review of these safety tools, and their associated safety rules, from the American Academy of Pediatrics. IMPORTANT RULES ALWAYS use a car-seat or seatbelt according to the guidelines for your children. Be a role model and ALWAYS wear a seatbelt yourself. Never place a car-seat in the front seat of any vehicle, particularly one that has a


Preventive Medicine

Parents of our patients often ask whether we recommend multivitamins for their children. In most situations, the answer is no. This takes a lot of them by surprise. Vitamins are a good thing, right? The explanation is actually somewhat complicated. Foods that are rich in vitamins are definitely a good thing, and many scientific studies have proven the benefits of a diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean meats, and low-fat milk. But

Healthy Eating Advice

Preventive Medicine

More and more children in the United States are overweight. Our culture encourages habits which cause people to become overweight. Parents need to protect their children from this very serious problem, by encouraging healthy eating and adequate exercise. Overweight children are less healthy than children of normal weight and the longer they remain overweight, the more likely they are to end up as obese adults. Among U.S. adults, obesity is the second leading cause of

Feeding Your Infant

Preventive Medicine

. Breast and Formula Feeding If you are breastfeeding, breastfeed as long as you can, more than 3-6 months if possible.  Many studies have shown that breastfeeding protects infants from many forms of infection and obesity. Breastfed infants require a vitamin D supplement, in the form of D-Visol or Tri-Visol, one dropperful a day.  It is not necessary to give a vitamin D supplement if you are giving over 32 ounces of formula per day.

Immunization Schedule

Preventive Medicine

Child Immunization Schedule

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Common Health Topics

Medical Advice

View Patient Handouts and Resources: :: Common Illnesses and Conditions – Acute Ear Infections and Your Child – Diarrhea and Dehydration – Fever and Your Child – More… :: Immunization Information – Recommended Immunization Schedule for Ages 0-6 Years – Recommended Immunization Schedule for Ages 7-18 Years – Immunizations: What You Need to Know – More… :: Newborns, Infants, and Toddlers – Diaper Rash – Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) – Jaundice and Your Newborn – More… :: Nutrition and Fitness – Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active – Right from the Start: ABCs

Depression Help Guide

Medical Advice

Do you find that your mood is low for large periods of the day and you generally feel ‘down in the dumps’? Has your motivation to do things you previously enjoyed decreased? Do you often feel weepy or irritable? Do you feel that things are getting on top of you? Do you find that your confidence is low and you generally have a poor opinion of yourself?

Lice Advice

Medical Advice

ABOUT LICE Lice infestation is common among young children. People do not get lice from being dirty. Lice are picked up from head-to-head contact with someone with lice and less commonly from sharing personal items like hairbrushes and hats. Itching may be a sign of lice infestation, but many people with lice are not itchy. Head lice are wingless insects that live on the human scalp. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed

Tick Bites

Medical Advice

With the arrival of Spring flowers, green grass, and outdoor play, comes the risk of tick bites. In Massachusetts, Lyme Disease is the most common disease spread by ticks. The best way to avoid Lyme Disease is to avoid tick bites and to remove ticks that have bitten as soon as possible. The best way to avoid tick bites is to cover the skin as much as possible when in areas that have ticks. Ticks

When to keep your child at home

Medical Advice

Our schools provide opportunities not only for learning but also for the acquisition of infections! Most of these are minor and are respiratory in nature, with a few stomach and intestinal germs thrown in for good measure. With parents struggling to balance work responsibilities with the prospect of keeping a child home from school, we thought some guidelines might be helpful. Schools and daycare centers may have individual policies on child illness, and these may


Medical Advice

Dear Parents, Fever is probably the most common of all pediatric complaints, affecting millions of infants and children throughout childhood. While many of you may become concerned, even anxious, when your child develops a fever, you can be reassured that this most natural of symptoms usually indicates that your child’s immune system is alive and functioning well.

BMI Calculator

Medical Advice

This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart. Use this calculator for children and teens, aged 2 through 19 years old. For adults, 20 years old and older, use the Adult BMI Calculator.

About Us

Welcome to Hyde Park Pediatrics, recognized by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) as one of the top pediatric practices in the region. Our entire team, from our doctors to our nurses to our care coordinators to our administrative staff, are highly accomplished and compassionate professionals who are firmly committed to our patients and their families.

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695 Truman Pkwy
Hyde Park MA, 02136

100 Highland Ave
Milton, MA 02186

Phone: 617-361-1470

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