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Dermatology Statement:

Here at Pediatrics at NWH, our dermatology team, trained by Boston Children's Hospital dermatologists, provide care for children and adolescents. We treat a wide range of dermatological conditions, including common issues such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, acne, warts and molluscum contagiosum. Our treatment and therapies are based on the most current pediatric research and we are skilled to treat both acute and chronic disorders. We are dedicated to helping children and parents better understand skin conditions and how to treat and cope with them.

How to Make an Appointment:

Patients can call our office to schedule a dermatology or skin consult with our dermatology team (MD or NP's) during our normal business hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. While it can often take many weeks or months to get a dermatology appointment, at Pediatrics at NWH, we strive to make prompt appointments for our patients with both acute and chronic skin conditions.

Walk-in clinics are NOT the best choice for kids

For many years we have been seeing retail-based clinics (Minute Clinic, Doctors Express, etc.) open up throughout the country.  These clinics are primarily staffed with clinicians who are not specifically trained in pediatric health issues.  Due to the minimal pediatric training, these providers may overlook underlying medical conditions and may not be familiar with all the nuances of pediatric healthcare. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first released a statement in 2006 strongly opposing these retail-based clinics.  In March 2014 the AAP updated their statement by emphasizing that retail-based clinics are an inappropriate source of primary care for children and reiterating that “the expertise of the pediatrician and the medical home should continue to be recognized as the standard for care of children.”

As your pediatricians, we strive to develop a long nurturing relationship with our patients and families.  This relationship allows us to get to know your child’s health history and be better equipped to take care of both simple and complicated medical problems.  Continuity of care improves quality of care. We strongly encourage you to call our office for all of your medical questions and concerns instead of visiting these retail-based clinics.  We will make our best effort to promptly return your calls and schedule appropriate visits in our office.

*Referral requests for walk in clinics will not be processed by our office. Any billing costs will be your financial responsibility.