Health Topics

The links below will guide you through some of the most common health topics that we treat here at Bridgewater Pediatrics.  All of the links utilize the most up to date best practices information in pediatrics.  Need more information?  Never hesitate to call, we love serving you and your family!  

Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Parent Resources and Updates

Below you will find recent practice updates as well as articles and resources related to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Our latest update on telehealth at Bridgewater Pediatrics: 

TELEHEALTH AT BRIDGEWATER PEDIATRICS 

We are very pleased to announce that BWP has successfully implemented and piloted telehealth visits in the past week. All the BWP providers now can do these video virtual visits using secure technology enabled through the MyChart patient portal. We are now ready to open this service more generally. In the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic and “social distancing”, this will be an invaluable tool for us to continue providing pediatric medical care and behavioral health services while reducing the need for you to come to our office.
 
Telehealth points to remember:
1) PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US. This is a brand-new capability that involves major operational changes. We will be actively converting appropriate existing appointments to telehealth visits, revamping provider schedules to do this work, and building the capacity to make sure you have the at-home tools to complete a telehealth encounter.
 
2) Telehealth visit require access to the MyChart portal (parent/proxy for ages 0-12, patient for ages 13+). Visits are best done on a smartphone or tablet but can also be done on video-capable computer. The “Zoom” app provides the secure video-conferencing interface.
 
3) Not all visits can be telehealth visits.  
a. Visits that we intend to do as telehealth encounters include medication rechecks, conferences, behavioral health, simple “sick” visits such as rashes, other rechecks that do not require physical examination
b. Visits that cannot be done via telehealth are those that require physical examination (for example ear or breathing rechecks), testing, or treatments.
 
4) Under COVID-19 circumstances, we intend to push as many encounters as possible from in-person to virtual encounters. This means that some important work such as vital signs, growth measurements, etc. may need to be deferred. Longer term we will need to re-balance to make sure that those important functions are restored.
 
If you would like to set up a telehealth visit, call the office at 508-697-8116 and select option for Appointments—we will try our best to accommodate you directly, but we may need to verify if a telehealth visit is appropriate and build a telehealth slot as our schedules are changing rapidly. Better yet, if you are on MyChart already, use it to request an appointment or send us a message.  
 
If you are not yet on MyChart, call us to activate your account as soon as possible. MyChart is required for telehealth encounters and will be an essential tool for us to communicate with you effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are using telemedicine for a visit you need to register for MyChart. Call the office at 508-697-8116 for assistance.

Below you will find some helpful step by step charts to guide you through the process and also some tips for a telemedicine visit. When downloading MyChart look for its logo, the folder with a red heart.
Also, when choosing the Zoom Meeting, choose Cloud Meetings, Zoom.US. As always, if you are having difficulty please reach out.
 

Below you will find links to guides to help you through the virtual visit process. 

Virtual Visit
Best Practices
Frequently Asked Questions

App Download Links for Virtual Visits

Zoom (Android)
Zoom (Apple)

MyChart (Android)
MyChart (Apple)

 

Update on our scheduling system due to Coronavirus: 

Dear Bridgewater Pediatrics patients and families:
 
In an effort to ensure your child's health, we are now 
scheduling well child visits only in the morning.
Sick patient visits will be done in the afternoon so as to limit
exposure to healthy children.
Behavioral health, medication management, consultations,
COVID 19 risk assessment, and other select medical visits may be done via 
telehealth.
If you are interested in a telehealth visit, you must have a MyChart account.
Please call the office at 508.697.8116 and we will be happy to assist you in activating
your MyChart account.
 
 

 

Update from Boston Children's Hospital

In accordance with Governor Baker’s emergency declaration and our own responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Boston Children’s Hospital will begin cancelling non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries, procedures, admissions, clinic and research visits at all of our locations. We plan on evaluating this decision every 2 weeks, and we will continue to care for Urgent, and Emergent patients during this critical time. If you have questions about COVID-19 and your upcoming appointment, please call your specialty clinic directly. If you are a Boston Children’s Hospital patient or family member and you have general questions about COVID-19 please call our COVID-19 hot line at 855-281-5730 or 617-355-4200

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates - March 13, 2020

Bridgewater Pediatrics is working closely with Boston Children's Hospital and the Department of Public Health and will provide updates on the Coronavirus as they become available.
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If you/your child answers yes to the following questions, we ask that you do not come to the office. Please call us and we will have a nurse speak with you.Within the last 14 days have you/your child or a household member had close contact with a symptomatic person diagnosed with COVID-19?
Do you/your child have fever –OR- cough –OR- difficulty breathing?As a precaution, we will be asking these questions of all patients upon check in and for any telephone calls. If we determine the answer to the above questions is yes, the recommendation is to remain at home and we will call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for advice (unless you or your child is severely ill, in which case you should call 911).We do not have the ability to test for coronavirus at this time.

Do you and your family have questions about Coronavirus? This article answers simple questions you may have. Questions about Coronavirus

Vaccinations for all protect the population from potential outbreaks. This article from the Boston Globe makes a striong case for universal vaccination.  Vaccination for All

Talking to young people about Coronavirus can be challenging. Here is a helpful guide for talking to tweens and teens about Coronavirus. Talking about Coronavirus

 

Medication 

Below you will find the dosage charts for Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl and also a helpful article on medication safety.  

Dosage Charts for Tylenol®, Motrin® and Benadryl®

Medication Safety 

Poison Control

For a poison emergency in the United States, call 1-800-222-1222.

Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings involving the people of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Immunization 

The Bridgewater Pediatrics vaccination schedule and also information on the importance of vaccinating your children are found below.  

Vaccination Schedule

Why Immunizations Work 

HPV Vaccine: Parental Questions.  A helpful guide for parents with questions about the HPV Vaccine.  

HPV Vaccine: 6 Reasone to Get HPV Vaccine for Your Children 

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Common Cold

Check out the links below for information on treating the common cold, identifying cold symptoms and avoiding a cold.

Children and Colds  

Is it a Cold or Allergies?

Germ Prevention 

Fever

Fever in a child can be a scary experience for a parent, the links below provide some answers to common fever based concerns.  

Signs and Symptoms of Fever

When to Call a Pediatrician?- Fever

Fever without Fear

Sleep

Below you will find links with information on best practices for helping babies sleep safely and establish good life-long sleep patterns.  

Getting Your Baby to Sleep

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play

Safe Sleep for Babies

Sleeping Through the Night 

Starting Solids

Transitioning to solid foods is an exciting milestone in a child's development.  Below you will find some helpful guidance on when and how to introduce solid foods.  

Starting Solids (English) 

Starting Solids (Spanish) 

Constipation 

Constipation in children and babies can be uncomfortable and leave parents searching for solutions.  The links below give some helpful tips in assisting constipated chiuldren and babies.  

Constipation in Children

Infant Constipation 

Resilience 

The ability to rise above challenging circumstances is one of the best skills that we can pass along to our children.  The articles below give useful advice on ways to build resiliency in children.  

Building Resilience 

Resiliency Building in Communities

ADD and ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Understood offers At a Glace: Classroom Accommodations for ADHD

Does My Child Have ADHD?

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Allergy and Asthma

Together with Boston Children's Hospital, we offer Instructional Videos regarding asthma care. 

The Allergy and Asthma Program at Boston Children's Hospital evaluates and treats children with all types of allergy problems and with asthma. The program strives to provide optimal care to patients and to promote understanding and research into allergic disorders and asthma.   

Allergies- an article from HealthyChildren.org on common childhood allergies and treatment options.  

Food Allergies in Children

Introducing Peanuts

What is Asthma?

Managing Asthma 

Instructional Asthma Videos (English)

Instructional Asthma Videos (Spanish) 

A safety update on Epipen or Epinephrine from Boston Children's Hospital. Epipen/Epinephrine Safety Update 

 

Ticks and Lyme Disease

From April through September the risks of encountering ticks when enjoying the outdoors increase in the New England area.  The links below offer preventative measures for avoiding ticks and also offer treatment paths for those that have encountered a tick bite.  

CDC- Tickborne Diseases

How to Remove a Tick

Tick Prevention 

Tick Patrol- A Helpful Video For Teaching Kids About Tick Checks 

Acne

The development of acne can be troubling for those working their weay through the years of adolescence.  The handouts below offer some advice on treating acne.  

Acne Treatment (English)

Acne Treatment (Spanish) 

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease 

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Coxsackie Virus  

Substance Abuse 

Vaping

Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Massachusetts Addiction Helpline 

Marijuana Abuse

Overdose Prevention 

Prevention and Treatment Options