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.
Lower Falls Pediatrics 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.
Below are documents that answer many of our parents’ frequently asked questions. Please feel free to download and read them.
- Benadryl Dosage Information
- Car Seat Recommendations
- Fever Facts
- Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease
- Immunization Schedule
- Lyme Disease
- Motion Sickness
- Swimmer's Ear
- Treatment for Dehydration
- Tylenol & Motrin Dosage Chart
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Weekdays our office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am-5pm.
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.
Please note that there may be an "after hours" charge for weekend services.
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 privileges 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?
|Birth||Hepatitis B - #1|
|2 Months||Vaxelis - #1 (DTap-IPV-HIB-Hep B)||Vaxneuvance - #1 (Pneumococcal 15)||Rotavirus - #1|
|4 Months||Vaxelis - #2 (DTap-IPV-HIB-Hep B)||Vaxneuvance - #2 (Pneumococcal 15)||Rotavirus - #2|
|6 Months||Vaxelis - #3 (DTap-IPV-HIB-Hep B)||Vaxneuvance - #3 (Pneumococcal 15)||Rotavirus - #3|
|9 Months||Hgb/Lead testing optional|
|12 Months||Vaxneuvance - #4 (Pneumococcal 15)||Hgb/Lead||MMR - #1||Fluoride Varnish|
|15 Months||Hib - #4||Varicella - #1|
|18 Months||Dtap #4||Hep A-#1||Fluoride Varnish|
|2 Years||Hbg||Lead||Hep A - #2|
|4 Years||MMR #2 - Varicella #2 (MMRV)||Dtap #5- IPV #4 (Kinrix)|
|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
*2nd dose ≥ 1 month
*2nd dose ≥ 1 month
|9 years - 22 years|
|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. Please note that week days between 12-1pm all calls are directed to our answering service.
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: Does your office provide ear piercing?
A: No, please check back October 2019.
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.
Q: Does your office do vision screenings?
A: Yes, we use the the Welch Allyn Spot Screener - starting at 6 months and then going yearly from ages 1-5.
Please read the Testimonial prior to receiving this service