• Watch Out for Warts

    Warts are pesky lesions that can show up on your child’s skin year round. They are caused by a virus and are mildly contagious. They are not a reflection of being “unclean.” To decrease your child’s risk of acquiring or spreading warts encourage them to avoid deliberately touching or picking at warts and to wear

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  • Concussion’s, what are they, what do I do if I think my child has suffered a concussion?

    By: Eric Hebert, CPNP AC/PC A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that usually occurs from a bump on the head or sudden jarring of the head and body that causes the brain to move around. This injury pattern results in chemical changes in the brain and symptoms that include confusion, headache, memory issues, sluggish

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  • Spring and Summer Rashes

    Meghan Aldrich MSN CPNP With warmer weather and (hopefully) less rainy days, spring and summertime in New England are full of fun outdoor adventures with the kids. Here at Pediatrics West, spring and summer also bring many rashes into the clinic! Here are some common spring and summertime rashes we encounter in pediatrics, most of

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  • What Parents and Teens Need to Know about E-Cigarettes

    by Jessica Zopf CPNP What are E-Cigarettes? E-Cigarettes, also knowns as “vape pens”, “vaping devices” or by the brand names such as “Juul”, are electronic devices that deliver aerosolized chemicals including nicotine (often called “e-juice”) by inhalation. Teens often refer to this action as “vaping” or “juuling”. While these devices can occasionally appear like traditional

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  • Toys for Tots Drive

    Pediatrics West has partnered with the Marine Corps to host a donation drop. Donate a new unwrapped toy here, Nov 1 through Nov 30, for less fortunate children throughout Middlesex and Worcester counties to experience the joy of the holidays.

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  • Backpack Safety

    Georgia Agganis DNP, RN, CPNP Hello parents! Now that our children are back to school it is important to be mindful about the type of backpacks they are using! When selecting a backpack, choose one that has wide, padded shoulder straps. Narrow straps can cause pain and restrict blood circulation. Be wary of backpacks with

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  • Updated Car Sear Recommendations

    Kayla Simard, CPNP, CLC Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the US.  Luckily, many of these deaths can be prevented with the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.  Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations regarding car seat safety.  Below is a summary

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  • Important Notice for MassHealth Patients

    Attention MassHealth patients, as of 3/1/18 Pediatrics West MassHealth and/or MassHealth Care Organization (MCO) members (those with Tufts Public, Healthnet BMC and Neighborhood Health Plan) will be moved to a new plan called Partners Healthcare Choice ACO. Please click here to read more and determine what you need to do to confirm.

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  • Recall Alert

    Pharmatech LLC has announced a recall of liquid products manufactured by Leader Brand, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Rugby Laboratories due to possible product contamination. The affected products and lot numbers can be found here:  https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm571001.htm  

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  • August is National Breastfeeding Month

    Kayla Simard, CPNP The choice to breastfeed is very personal Many mothers consider this choice before birth; however, some make a decision shortly after their child is born.  There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies.  It is common to encounter some difficulties initially when breastfeeding.  During this time, it can be

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