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FAQs

Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.

Our Mission

Pediatric Healthcare at Newton-Wellesley is committed to providing our patients with the highest standards of excellence in pediatric medicine from birth to 22. This is accomplished with evidence-based pediatric care, a special focus on development, and cutting edge technology. We continuously strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our patients and parents through close collaboration between our staff, patients and families.

 

Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?

A: Yes, in fact we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expecting parent page for more information.

Q: What hospital(s) are you affiliated?

A: All of our pediatricians are on staff and have admitting and rounding privilges at Newton Wellesley Hospital located a short 5 minute drive from the office.  

Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?

A: Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.

Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child's development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.

 

Q: What is your vaccine schedule?

    Immunization Schedule  
         
Birth Hepatitis B - #1      
         
1 Month Hepatitis B - #2      
         
2 Months Pentacel - #1 Prevnar 13 - #1 Rotavirus - #1  
  Pentacel - (Hib # -1 , IPV - #1, Dtap - #1)      
4 Months Pentacel - #2 Prevnar 13 - #2 Rotavirus - #2  
  Pentacel - (Hib - #2, IPV - #2, Dtap - #2)      
6 Months Pentacel - #3 Hepatitis B - #3 Rotavirus - #3  
  Pentacel - (Hib - #3, IPV - #3, Dtap - #3)      
9 Months Prevnar 13 -  #3      
         
12 Months Hbg Lead MMR - #1 Prevnar 13 - #4
         
15 Months Hib - #4 Varicella - #1    
         
18 Months Dtap #4 Hep A-#1    
         
2 Years Hbg Lead Hep A - #2  
         
3 Years Hbg Lead    
         
4 Years MMR #2 - Varicella #2 Dtap #5- IPV #4    
         
11-12 Years Tdap MCV4 - #1 (Meningococcal A,C,Y,W)    
11-14 Years Gardasil Dose 1 + 2 ≥6 months  
15-26 Years Gardasil Dose 1-3 ≥ 2 months (shot 1->2)
≥ 4 months (shot 2->3)
 
         
16-21 Years MCV4 - #2      
16-18 Years Meningococcal B Dose 1+2 (> 1 month)    
Flu Shot 6-35 months 3-8 years 9 years - 22 years  
  *2nd dose ≥ 1 month *2nd dose ≥ 1 month    
Hemoglobin
Testing
Onset of menses      
         
*Flu shot requires 2nd dose if first season receiving, only if never rec'd before 8 years of age.  

 

Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?

A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours, or by requesting an appointment online.

Q: Is your office accepting new patients?

A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.

Q: Are you open on the weekends?

A: Our office is open:

Saturdays for urgent care visits- our phones turn on at 8:30am and will remain on until 11:00am (or later depending on volume of appointments needed) with appointments starting at 9:30am.

Sundays for urgent care visits - our phones turn on at 8:30am and will remain on until 10:00 am (or later depending on volume of appointments needed) with appointments starting at 9:30am.

Q: Does your office provide ear piercing?

A: Yes, we use the Inverness system and provide 24k plated piercings corresponding to patient's birthstone.

Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?

A: Pediatric Health Care at Newton Wellesley supports vaccinating all children according to the schedule published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

See health topics for more information on immunizations.

 

Below are documents that answer many of our parents’ frequently asked questions. Please feel free to download and read them.