Below you will find links to patient education resources recommended by the providers at Children’s Health Care.

Learn more about symptoms, treatments, and disease prevention in our award-winning patient education library.

Our blog, written by used and for our patients, provides evidence-based information and real-world parenting tips on a variety of parenting topics, mental health and behavioral topics, safety recommendations, and common childhood ailments including headaches, constipation, rashes, and eye conditions and injuries. We also provide information on managing fever and determining the appropriateness of using an ER or Urgent Care. We also have advice, tips, and education on grief, coparenting, traveling with children, and helping a child through a medical appointment or procedure.

Additionally, we provide parents resources on LGBTQAI+ positive parentingracism and health, medical literacy, and evaluating medical information.

 

 

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The frequency of visits is intended to make sure your child is developing properly. Below you will find the schedule we follow at Children’s Health Care. We will measure your child’s growth and assess development at every visit. We have also listed the procedures and testing that may occur during your appointment so you can best prepare you child. Please note that additional testing may be done based on your individual child’s needs as determined by your provider.

  • 2-4 days After Birth
  • 2 Weeks
  • 1 Month
  • 2 Months: immunizations
  • 4 Months: immunizations
  • 6 Months: immunizations
  • 9 Months: vision exam
  • 12 Months: hemoglobin and lead testing, immunizations
  • 14 Months: immunizations
  • 18 Months: immunizations
  • 2 Years: hemoglobin and lead testing, hearing screening
  • 3 Years: hemoglobin and lead testing, lipid screening, glucose screening, hearing screening
  • 4 Years: hearing and vision screening
  • 5 Years: immunizations, hearing and vision screening as needed for Kindergarten entry
  • 6 Years: hearing and vision screening
  • 7 Years
  • 8 Years: hearing and vision screening
  • 9 Years
  • 10 Years: hearing and vision screening
  • 11 -12 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, immunizations
  • 13 Years: hemoglobin (females)
  • 14 Years: hemoglobin (females)
  • 15 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening
  • 16 Years: hemoglobin (females), immunizations, vision screen, urine testing (females)
  • 17 Years: hemoglobin (females)urine testing (females)
  • 18 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, immunizations, urine testing (females)
  • 19 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)
  • 20 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)
  • 21 Years: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)

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Mental Health Information

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis

Crisis Number: 978-521-7777

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Lahey Behavioral Health Walk In Clinic: 978-620-1250

More information about nutrition and our nutrition services here.

Recommended reading for you and your children: ChopChop Magazine!
Available in both English and Spanish, the award-winning, quarterly magazine offers nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q & As and games. Praised for its engaging content by the national press, American Academy of Pediatrics, James Beard Foundation, and Parents’ Choice Foundation, ChopChop is inspiring kids to cook and to be nutritionally curious and literate. This magazine is also recommended and supported by Children’s Hospital of Boston.

FAN Club is a nutrition and fitness club run by MaryBeth Meehan, CPNP out of our Haverhill office. The group runs for 10 weeks at a time, with the girls group every fall and boys group every winter. Each meeting focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The group exercises together and learns about easy nutritional changes with a new topic and workout weekly. Please call the office to schedule a consult and goal setting appointment with MaryBeth Meehan, CPNP.

Oral Health Resources

Massachusetts Families of Children with Special Needs

Poison Control Website
Poison Control 24-hour Hotline: 1 (800) 222-1222

Healthychildren.org from the American Association of Pediatrics. Download their app on iPhone or Droid.

Barbara Kneeland is our special care coordinator at Children’s Health Care. Her role at CHC is to assist the families of our children* with special or complex health care needs. Although Barbara has a nursing background, her qualifications for this position come largely from her own life experiences parenting a son living with a disability.

Barbara has an extensive knowledge of the services and benefits available to our families and is also available for consultation to assist with special education issues and help families understand the often overwhelming 504 and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) processes.

Contact Our Special Care Coordinator

Phone: (978) 388-7250
Fax: (978) 462-2922
Email: barbara.kneeland@chcmass.com
Hours: Monday – Thursday

Please be aware that Barbara receives a high volume of calls each day. She always does her very best to return calls the same business day but cannot always guarantee this. Your patience is much appreciated! Email is often an easier way for both families and Barbara to communicate. Please do not hesitate to utilize this option.

*Barbara’s services are available exclusively to the patients and families of Children’s Health Care of Newburyport and Haverhill, Massachusetts.

These websites are helpful resources for families with children with special needs.

Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events

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