What’s Happening?

Wareham Pediatrics has a new email newsletter called Soundings! There is so much going on here at WPA that our familes want to know about and need to know. So, in addition to our WPAdvisor which you can access at this website, we now have an email that we will send out to our families periodically. It will always be brief and to the point and reference you to more information on our site or beyond. You can subscribe and unsubscribe on our site or through the email you receive. Here’s to your health!

The holiday is here and these driving tips are important for the entire upcoming travel season:

  • Always use a car safety seat for infants and young children. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer. Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing height or weight limit, she should ride in a forward-facing car safety seat. Updated recommendations on safe travel can be found on the AAP parenting web site.
  • A child who has outgrown her car safety seat with a harness (she has reached the top weight or height allowed for her seat, her shoulders are above the top harness slots, or her ears have reached the top of the seat) should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4′ 9″ in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age).
  • All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
  • Never place a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an airbag.
  • Set a good example by always wearing a seat belt, even in a taxi.
  • Children often become restless or irritable when on a long road trip. Keep them occupied by pointing out interesting sights along the way and by bringing soft, lightweight toys and favorite music for a sing-along.
  • Plan to stop driving and give yourself and your child a break about every two hours. Use the internet to find elementary schools on your driving route! These are great places to stop and run around the playground.
  • In addition to a travelers’ health kit (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/other/travelers-health-kit.htm), parents should carry safe water and snacks, child-safe hand wipes, diaper rash ointment (if you have children in diapers), and a water- and insect-proof ground sheet for safe play outside.

We have posted our last flu clinic for the season.

The Salvation Army is offering support to those in need this holiday season. If you are in need of assistance, please read this Bianca’s Board post.

Wareham Pediatrics is happy to announce that Dr. Anna Ward has joined our practice and is accepting new patients. Dr. Ward returns to our area after working and studying in other states. Read more about her on our website. Welcome Dr. Ward!

We have updated our mental health and dental health section with the latest list of providers. Check it out!

Wareham Pediatrics can now enroll MassHealth insurance!! The electronic process is being designed but for now Kristine or Bianca can speak on the phone with you for 20-30 minutes to fill out application forms. You will then need to come in to our office within 3 days to pick up and mail the printed forms to MassHealth. (The forms must come from you). Contact Bianca Robinson or Kristine Brunette for more details! 508-295-8622 ext.214

We have added more Federal and State resources for your reference under Community Resources. Check it out!