Call 911 if your child:

  • Is not breathing or turning blue
  • Has had sudden unconsciousness
  • Is having a seizure (convulsing)
  • Has severe unstoppable bleeding

Emergency RoomGo to the ER when your child has:

  • Severe breathing difficulty
  • Multiple or serious injuries
  • Severe allergic reaction

Pediatric Emergency specialists are at Children's Hospital Boston 24 hours per day. It is located at 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Tel. (617) 355-6000.

pillsPoison Control

Call Poison Control at 1-800-682-9211 if you believe your child may have eaten a poison or other toxic substance.

Call us at (781) 665-4364 if:

If you're not sure whether your child's condition is life threatening, please call our office to help determine whether emergency treatment is needed. Your call will be triaged by our staff. Most seemingly emergency situations can usually be managed over the phone until our office opens in the morning!

Unless advised by your doctor, you should NOT take your child to the ER for the following reasons:

  • Fever - more information below
  • Ear pain / Infection
  • Flu or Cold
  • Nausea or stomach pains
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat

Cell phoneAfter hours and Saturdays Urgent Care and Emergencies

Call the office at (781) 665-4364, wait for the answering message, and you will be given the number to the doctor on call for that day. Your call will be returned within one hour.

Our doctors will be sharing 'on-call' duty with several other pediatricians in the area. When you call our office you will be directed to the pediatrician on call, either our practices or one of the ones below.

  • Jeffrey Feldman • 340 Main Street Suite 101, Melrose, MA, MA 02176 map • 781-662-4560
  • Vladimir Gleyzer • 21 Main Street Suite 1B, North Reading, MA 01864 map • 978-664-4698

ThermometerUnderstanding Fever

Fever is a symptom, not a disease. It represents the body’s normal response to infections and plays a role in fighting them. Fever turns on the body’s immune system.

The usual fevers (100°-104° F) that all children get are not harmful. Most are caused by viral illnesses and may last 3 to 5 days. Viral illnesses do not respond to antibiotics. Most office visits for fever will result in no specific treatment except watchful waiting. Your doctor will tell you what to expect and when they may want to recheck your child.

To learn more on how to take your child's temperature, and for information on dosing Tylenol, Motrin, or Benadryl when it is advised, download this handy Dosing and Fever Guide pdf.

Classification of fevers:

  1. Mild: 99°F - 101.5°F
  2. Moderate: 101.6°F - 104.5°F
  3. Significant: higher than 104.5°F

Use the online KidsDoc Symptom Checker

At home or out and about, KidsDoc can help you know what to do next.

You can use the symptom checker for free online, or buy a smartphone app for Android phones, or for iPhone.

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