Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
The Pediatric care team of Acton Medical Associates is committed to providing comprehensive, high quality pediatric care. Our evidence-based approach to pediatric health adheres to the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We believe that building connections with families and children is the cornerstone of physical health, development, and emotional wellbeing. The care we provide focuses on long term and trusting relationships with the families we care for.
We provide care for our pediatric patients from birth through college. New patients 18 years of age or older will be referred to our Adult Medicine department.
Well Child Visits
Well care visits (also called Physicals) are the cornerstone of pediatric preventative care. At these visits, your doctor will assess your child’s physical and emotional growth and development. Your pediatrician will also address your concerns about topics such as sleep, nutrition, behavior and development.
Acton Medical follows the AAP Bright Futures well care schedule below.
- newborn (3 to 5 days old)
- 2 weeks old
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2 ½ years old (30 months)
- 3 years old and then yearly
Why vaccinate? Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective ways to protect our child from life-threatening infections. They work by showing the immune system a tiny harmless piece of a virus or bacteria, so the immune system learns to recognize and fight these serious infections before they make us sick.
Acton Medical follows the immunization schedule created and updated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which is part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your pediatrician will work with you to be sure you have a good understanding of the recommended vaccines, so you can make informed decisions about your child’s care.
Illness does not follow schedules! Acton Medical offers same day care for acute illness. We also offer nurse advice 24 hours per day. We treat everything from fever and sore throats to injuries and headaches. For same day care, please call as early in the day as possible, since spots are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Our Pediatric Care team offers on-site Lactation support through our Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood illnesses. When poorly treated, asthma interferes with a child’s ability to be a kid. From a chronic cough to shortness of breath with exercise, even regular childhood play can become challenging. At Acton Medical, our providers will create an individualized plan to control your child’s asthma. In addition, our asthma educator will make sure treating your child’s asthma is as simple and understandable as possible.
Meet your Asthma Liaison, Tiffany.
My name is Tiffany McNamara, and I am a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. I am the pediatric asthma educator at AMA and I collaborate directly with your child’s primary care provider to determine how to best manage your child’s asthma. Specifically, I discuss ways to prevent ongoing symptoms and asthma episodes; to reduce the need for quick-relief medication and decrease hospitalizations; to maintain normal activity levels and play. During a typical asthma visit we discuss airway pathways and the mechanisms of response in these airways to illness and environmental factors based on your child’s medical history and asthma triggers. My goal for each patient is to create an individualized asthma action plan to enable families to treat asthma symptoms and exacerbations when they occur. As a team, I hope to attain better asthma management and greatly reduce any negative impact on you and your child’s daily life.
Pediatrics is not limited to the care of small children. An important part of care for our teen and young adult patients is reproductive health. We therefore provide routine pap smears, birth control counseling and prescribing, as well as STI testing and treatment.
Acne is a normal but frustrating part of adolescence. Fortunately, acne is highly treatable and does not require a specialist appointment. Your pediatrician will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan for your acne.
Acton Medical Associates is proud to offer ear-piercing to our patients. We use the Studex medical ear-piercing system. This system uses individual sterile disposable cartridges that are replaced with every piercing. We believe it is beneficial to have your ear pierced in a medical office where you have professional care from a pediatric provider before, during, and after the procedure. Please call the office with any questions you may have or to schedule an ear-piercing appointment.
Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine
At Acton Medical, we see patients ages 0 to 23. At Acton Medical, we work with parents and patients as they navigate the path to adulthood. We are trained to manage all aspects of a young adult’s medical care and will work to help our young adults develop confidence and independence in managing in their health.
ADHD Assessment and Management
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of children. There is not a single test to diagnosis ADHD, nor is there a single treatment. That said, the pediatricians at Acton Medical are skilled at the diagnosis and many management strategies for ADHD.
Mental health is a critical part of a child and adolescent’s overall health. At Acton Medical, our pediatricians work with a team of social workers and nurse practitioners to help patients understand and navigate these challenging diagnoses. We provide medication management for diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and OCD. We also provide assistance in finding therapists and understanding available services.
Warts are caused by a virus and spread from person to person. They will sometimes go away on their own, but more often they require treatment either at home or in the office. At Acton Medical, providers will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you or your child. We offer treatment with curettage (scraping off part of the wart), liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery) and with cantharidin (chemical treatment).
Concussions are mild brain injuries. They are caused by a hit to the head or body that causes the brain to quickly snap back and forth. Though the trauma is considered “mild” and is usually temporary, it can dramatically impact a child’s life. Children and teens experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and poor concentration which can go on for days to months. At Acton Medical, our pediatricians are skilled at both the diagnosis and management of concussions. We will design a recovery plan that will allow your child to heal while helping you navigate the return to sports and academics.