Helping children lead healthy lives
When you have a sick child, nothing is more comforting than to know that a doctor is available, whether it is early morning or in the evening after work. You will find caring, expert doctors and nurses and flexible hours and services unique to a major academic medical center at Floating Hospital for Children’s General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Practice, conveniently located in downtown Boston. We are ready when you need us, with walk-in hours starting at 8 a.m., after-work hours until 7:30 in the evening Monday through Thursday, and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. When you arrive, you will find a dedicated, pediatric waiting room designed to be soothing for children, with brightly colored pictures of animals and toys. Our fast growing program – we see over 25,000 children a year – is always ready to take on new patients, with same-day visits when needed. There is also a pediatrician on-call, 24 hours a day. We have many loyal, long-term patients.
What we offer
At our practice, you will find a comprehensive range of pediatric primary care services, including school physicals, well-baby check-ups, and immunizations. Our pediatric physicians are also experienced in dealing with issues affecting adolescents, including menstrual and eating disorders, gynecological issues and contraception. We also offer additional services you won’t find in a typical pediatric practice, with a dietician on staff to help work with children with weight problems and also with young athletes, who can discuss their unique nutritional goals and concerns. We can draw on a network of social workers to do mental health referrals and lactation consultants to work with nursing mothers. We can also draw the larger resources of Floating and Tufts Medical Center, with no need to make another trip to the local hospital for tests or x-rays.
Vaccines and resources
Recent outbreaks of preventable childhood diseases emphasize the necessity of vaccination for all children. Regular medical care includes immunizations, which are an important part of your child’s total health care. The following information will tell you what you need to know about the routine immunizations we administer and explain why it’s important to make sure your child is vaccinated on time. It is our expectation that all patients in our practice receive the immunizations currently mandatory in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
As fellows of the AAP, the physicians at Tufts medical Center practice according to the guidelines and recommendations of this organization of over 45,000 pediatricians. This site covers many health-related topics, including vaccinations.
Immunization Action Coalition
National Immunization Program
This website is the official home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Parents can link directly to the National Immunization program. Answers to many vaccine-related questions can be found here.
National Network for Immunization Information
Vaccinating Your Child-Q&A for the Concerned Parent (2000) Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH; Cynthia Good, and Bill Atkinson.
Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know (1999) Paul Offit, MD and Louis Bell, MD.