10/5/2020 – Parenting Tips During the Pandemic

This website from the Tufts Children’s Hospital Developmental Behavioral Department has a number of resources to help parents navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including tips on talking to your child about the pandemic and helping kids cope with stress.


One of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians at Tufts, Dr. Erik von Hahn, has been giving monthly seminars that many parents find extremely helpful. The next installment is tonight via webinar. See the announcement below:

Erik von Hahn, MD, will continue his monthly seminars based on the IEP for Home. During the March seminar, Dr. von Hahn discussed schedules and routines. For April, he will discuss Rules!

Join us for this seminar on Monday, April 6 at 7:00pm.

Because of current social distancing policies, the seminar will be held via Zoom. Cut-and-paste the following information into your browser:

Password: 515548

If you have never heard of the IEP for Home, you can see Dr. von Hahn explain the IEP for Home on YouTube. Type in “IEP for Home von Hahn March 2020” or access the following link:


The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving every day and we continue to monitor the latest newsas well as the advice and recommendations from our local health authorities and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  At this time, there are about 100 known cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and the virus does not seem very harmful to children. However, we would like to share some guidance on how to limit your risk of catching and transmitting the virus, as well as some steps we are taking to control potential spread among patients in our office.

COVID-19 preventative measures are the same as those for influenza prevention. While there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough (cough into your elbow) or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

We do not recommend that healthy people use masks to prevent contracting the disease.  Masks are appropriate for sick people to prevent spreading the disease.  

We also strongly recommend that everyone has a working thermometer.  COVID-19 almost always causes a fever, and an accurate temperature is important for determining risk.  If your child needs to be seen for a fever (temperature above 100.3°F) or cough, we will ask you to call from your car upon arrival.  A staff member will meet you at your car. You and your child will be given masks to wear, and you will then be escorted directly to a third floor exam room.

The CDC website ( and the Massachusetts Public Health Department website ( are updated regularly and are the best resources to answer any questions you might have about the virus.

2/5/2020 – Introducing Peanut to Infants

This topic is important to discuss with your doctor as there may be significant risks involved. A good time to bring it up is at your child’s 4 month old check up. Since we receive many phone calls about it, however, the following is a brief summary of current guidelines.

Recent research has shown that children are less likely to develop peanut allergies if they are exposed to peanut as an infant. The best age to start peanut-containing foods depends on whether the child has eczema or other food allergies. Infants with severe eczema and/or other food allergies benefit the most if they have peanut between 4 and 6 months of age. These infants are also at the highest risk for allergic reaction, however, and may need allergy testing before they try peanut. Babies with mild eczema should be offered peanut-containing foods around 6 months old. Babies without eczema and without food allergies are at low risk of developing peanut allergy, so timing of introduction is less critical; it’s fine to introduce peanut-containing foods anytime after 4 months of age.

Once you’ve determined with your doctor that your baby is ready to try peanut, click here for instructions on how to feed peanut-containing purees safely, signs of allergic reaction, and recipes for purees with a good amount of peanut protein. Offering one of these purees 3 times in a week is considered an adequate exposure to peanut.

This website has more information and resources on this topic.