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New HPV Vaccine Guidelines Affect Dosages

May 8, 2017 / No Comments

The CDC recently recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against …

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Teen Won’t Talk? Here’s Seven Tips to Get Your Child to Open Up

Mar 10, 2017 / No Comments

By Leslie Bourne, PhD Division Chief, Behavioral Health Reliant Medical Group As most parents know, it’s not always easy talking to a teen. Kids tend to communicate well when …

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Have You Talked to Your Child About Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse?

Mar 2, 2017 / No Comments

It can be a hard subject to bring up, but talking to your children about drinking and drugs is important – it’s a conversation all parents need to have. …

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When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

Feb 8, 2017 / 1 Comment

By Michelle Dalal, MD Reliant Medical Group Pediatrics Healthy smiles are important for a healthy future. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Dental Association (ADA) and American Academic …

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Does an Electric Toothbrush Make Sense for Your Child?

Feb 7, 2017 / No Comments

We all know that good dental care is essential for your child’s health. However, some kids just don’t like to brush as much as they should. Using an electric …

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Kids Going Overboard with Screen Time? Learn How to Deal with the Challenges.

Jan 4, 2017 / No Comments

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Parents play an important role in helping children and teens navigate media, which can have both positive and negative effects.” That’s why …

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Can Honey Help a Cold?

Dec 31, 2016 / 5 Comments

It’s cold season once again and many parents are looking for ways to help a child get through the misery of a cold. The American Academy of Pediatrics does …

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Teething: Amber Necklaces Not Recommended

Dec 29, 2016 / 1 Comment

The warm glow of Baltic amber is attractive, enticing, and increasingly common to see on the necks of teething infants and toddlers. People claim that when the necklace is …

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Start Young for Good Bone Health

Oct 16, 2016 / No Comments

For healthy bones, two factors are most important – good nutrition and physical activity. Many people start to worry about osteoporosis when they are in their 50s, but good …

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Flu Season is Almost Here!

Sep 27, 2016 / 22 Comments

Getting the flu can be more than just uncomfortable and inconvenient, it can also be dangerous. Many people, especially the elderly, are hospitalized for serious flu complications each year. …

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Well Visits – Just as Important for Teens as They are for Toddlers

Sep 26, 2016 / No Comments

Most parents realize the importance of taking their child to the doctor for wellness visits when they are young; but well visits are just as important for teens and …

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It’s Back to School Time – Here’s How to Help Your Children Adjust to Getting Up Early

Aug 10, 2016 / No Comments

Those yellow school buses are starting to make their morning rounds. As summer winds down and the new school year approaches, it’s important to make sure your children adjust …

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Mouthguards – an Essential Way to Prevent Mouth injuries!

Jul 10, 2016 / No Comments

According to an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association, more than five million teeth are avulsed (removed from their socket) each year; many during sports activities. …

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Medical Minute: Car Seat Safety

Jun 9, 2016 / No Comments

We visited again with pediatrician, Dr. Joanne Samant, to learn about the appropriate car seats as your child ages. Watch the video below for great tips to keep your …

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Make Sure Your Kids Get a Good Start in Eating Right

May 26, 2016 / No Comments

Studies show that bad dietary habits start early in life – often in the toddler years. It’s very important to get kids to start eating healthy early in life, …

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Fun Family Activities for Kids With Autism

Apr 19, 2016 / No Comments

This month is National Autism* Awareness Month and I wanted to share with you a few places where families in our community may enjoy visiting, especially if a child …

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Super Lice Becoming a Super Big Problem

Mar 31, 2016 / 1 Comment

Head lice, those pesky little critters, seem to be frustrating kids and parents everywhere. And if lice weren’t already hard enough to get rid of, now families have to …

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Q&A With Dr. Dalal: How to Properly Care for Your Baby’s Teeth

Feb 20, 2016 / No Comments

Question: When should I start brushing my child’s teeth? Answer: You should start as early as when they have a single tooth. Question: Should I use fluoride toothpaste for …

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Medical Minute: The Health Benefits of Pets

Jan 28, 2016 / 2 Comments

This week we visited with Jocelyne Durrenberger, NP to learn about the health benefits of having pets in your home. Many pets are re-homed when couples find out they are …

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Dr. Dalal: Why I Recommend the HPV Vaccine for My 11-12 Year-Old Patients

Jan 28, 2016 / 2 Comments

By Michelle Dalal, MD, FAAP Reliant Medical Group Pediatrics Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UMass Memorial Medical Center HPV vaccine is a safe, effective, cancer preventing vaccine. HPV (human papillomavirus) can …

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Leominster Pediatrics Extends Hours!

Oct 30, 2015 / No Comments

For the convenience of our patients, we’ve extended the hours of our Leominster Pediatrics department! Now you have the option of bringing your child in for an appointment on nights and …

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Medical Mythbuster: Does Sugar Make Kids Hyperactive?

Oct 26, 2015 / 3 Comments

Although anyone who has ever attended a birthday party for a five-year old will swear by it, there is no scientific evidence that sugar causes hyperactivity in children. In …

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Reliant Kids & Why They Love Their Doctors

Aug 3, 2015 / No Comments

We talked to some kids recently to find out what they like about their Reliant doctor and their answers were great. Check out the adorable video below:  If …

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#AskReliant with Dr. Joanne Samant, Pediatrician

Jul 27, 2015 / No Comments

We asked our Facebook fans to to give Reliant’s own Dr. Joanne Samant any general health related questions that they may have about their children. Hear Dr. Samant’s responses to these questions …

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Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids

May 16, 2015 / No Comments

Bike riding is fun and great exercise, but it can also be dangerous. Bike accidents are a major cause of emergency room visits for children. That’s why it’s important …

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