Located in the heart of Needham, Massachusetts, Needham Pediatrics is a primary care pediatric practice for patients from birth through 20 years of age.
We would like to welcome you to our brand new website! We have added some exciting new features for our patients, including a link to the AAP Patient Education Library to allow you to find useful information to help you care for your child!
If you are new to us, we welcome you to explore this website to learn more about Needham Pediatrics. Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone if you wish to join our practice. It will be our pleasure to serve you!
Coronavirus Update March 20, 2020
As you are well aware, COVID-19 now is classified as a pandemic, spread worldwide, including many cases in the Boston area. Around 300 people have been diagnosed in Massachusetts, but most likely the actual number of infections is much higher.
Based on what we know so far, children are at low risk for complications of COVID-19. Middle aged and elderly people account for the great majority of serious cases. So, even if your child does acquire COVID-19, the illness will most likely be a minor flu-like illness which can be easily managed with routine care. Rarely, children will be hospitalized with pneumonia. Serious complications (requiring ICU care, for instance) are very rare in children.
In most cases, if your child has fever and cough but appears well, it is appropriate to manage with simple supportive care (rest, fluids, and fever control). If your child is younger than 2 years of age, or if fevers persist beyond a couple of days, it would be appropriate to contact us to consider an office evaluation. If your child appears to have trouble breathing or significant lethargy or significant dehydration, please do contact us immediately. In most such cases, we would refer you to the Emergency Department.
Because of the concern for COVID-19, many patients prefer not to come into our office for routine care. In some cases (but not all), we may be able to manage your concern via a Telehealth (or "virtual" visit). Please contact our office if you feel you need a virtual visit, an we can help you make arrangements.
Here are some links to the CDC and Massachusetts DPH for reliable information about COVID-19.
It is still flu vaccine season!
We have had lots of flu this year, but the season is still active. We are diagnosing cases on a daily basis.
We still have vaccine and are happy to provide it to your child. We recommend vaccine for all children 6 months or older, unless there is a specific reason the child cannot get the vaccine (these exclusions are rare) . If you're not sure if your child is eligible, feel free to call us, or you can read more here.
If your child is in for a regularly scheduled visit, we can give the flu vaccine then. We can often also give the vaccine at urgent visits for illness or injury, but in some cases -- depending on the situaiton -- we may recommend that you come back when your child is well.
If you wish to come in specifically for flu vaccine, please contact our office, and we can make arrangements.
Needham Pediatrics welcomes Landen Burke, LICSW
We are excited to announce that Landen Burke, LICSW has joined our behavioral health team as of September 2018. Landen is available to see patients and families requiring behavioral heatlh care. Visit our Behavioral Health page for more information.
Welcome to Dr. Chris Gibson
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Chris Gibson to the Needham Pediatrics family. Dr. Gibson joined our practice in June 2018 and is welcoming new patients. You can read more about Dr. Gibson here. Please contact our office if you wish to learn more or join our practice.
Reader's Choice Winner 2018!
Thanks to our patients for voting us Needham's favorite for Primary Care Physician in the 2018 Wicked Local Readers' Choice Award. Thanks also for voting us Blue Ribbon winner for best doctors in Needham in Hometown Weekly Newspapers. We appreciate these recognitions and look forward to continuing to meet your needs in the coming year!
We have made an exciting change to a new electronic health record!
In September 2017, we went live with Epic, an electronic health record system that will enhance our ability to provide the best possible care to our patients and families. One exciting feature of this system is a patient portal called MyChart that will allow you to review health information, message us, print school forms, and request appointments. You can link to MyChart here or from the top banner of this website. There is also a mobile MyChart app for your smartphone or tablet. Click here to learn more.
We are proud to be members of the PPOC, and to be affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.