Ear Infection Specialist Boston MA

For kids, back to school means excitement and anticipation. For parents, it means colds, flus, rashes--and back to the doctor. Come September, along with their art projects and homework assignments, kids start coming home with an array of germs that leave them--and the rest of the family-'sick, sapped, and cranky.

Marian H. Putnam, M.D.
(617) 364-6784
36 Maple Street
Hyde Park (Boston), MA
Business
Marian H. Putnam, M.D. Private Practice of Pe
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: All Blue Cross PlansBoston Health NetChildren's Medical Security PlanHealth Care Value ManagementHarvard Pilgrim health CareMass Health which is our state's MedicaidPrivate Health Care SystemsGreat WestPruCareTufts Health PlanCarpenter
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Children's Hospital
Residency Training: St. Raphael's New Haven; Cincinnati Children's
Medical School: Tufts Medical School, 1974
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English,Afar,French

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Sunita Tuli, MD
(781) 933-6236
7 Alfred St
Woburn, MA
Business
Woburn Pediatric Associates
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Thomas Bernard Kinane
(617) 726-8707
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology

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Daniel Patrick Doody, MD, FAAP
(617) 726-2913
32 Blossom St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr. Sigurdur Bjorsson
(410) 727-7776
Boston, MA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Marian H Putnam MD
(617) 364-6784
36 Maple St
Hyde Park, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics

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McKenna Michael J MD
(617) 573-3672
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
 
Nadol Joseph B MD
(617) 573-3632
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA
 
Wanda Denise Barfield, MD
(617) 624-6084
250 Washington St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1990

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Andrea E C Shah, MD
(617) 636-5029
750 Washington St # 315
Boston, MA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1997

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By Jessica Downey

For kids, back to school means excitement and anticipation. For parents, it means colds, flus, rashes—and back to the doctor. Come September, along with their art projects and homework assignments, kids start coming home with an array of germs that leave them—and the rest of the family—sick, sapped, and cranky. However, there’s no need to resign yourself to a season spent at the pediatrician’s office and a medicine chest filled with prescription meds. Experts agree that using holistic, homeopathic, and alternative remedies can resolve common kid ailments. And when it comes to your kids’ health, not reaching for the big pharmaceutical guns right away makes good sense.

“People naturally want to give kids medicine if they aren’t feeling well because they want to help them get better,” says Roy Steinbock, MD, an integrative pediatrician in Boulder, Colorado. “But illness is part of life. Suppressing symptoms at all costs is not a good approach.” And while conventional medicine has plenty of merit, some treatments come with potential risks of their own and don’t even get to the root of the problem, says Lawrence Rosen, MD, a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, New Jersey. “Medicine used to be very ‘one-size-fits-all,’ which doesn’t treat kids most effectively,” says Rosen. “It shouldn’t be a decision between conventional or alternative treatments. The approach to helping kids feel better should really be integrative.”

Of course, many parents feel nervous going outside the generally accepted guidelines, especially when their child gets sick. So we asked pediatricians what they deem to be the safest and most effective natural solutions for the five most common ailments. Here’s what they had to say.

Ear Infections
Often signaled by fevers, tugging at the ears, and congestion, ear infections—one of the most common of all childhood complaints—can cause excruciating pain for your kids, making it difficult not to fill that prescription for antibiotics immediately.

“Most pediatricians are taught that ear infections are best treated with antibiotics,” Rosen says. But holistic practitioners and conventional pediatricians don’t agree. “We want fewer antibiotics prescribed to kids,” he says. What’s more, studies show that antibiotics don’t always work. First, many ear infections are not bacterial—and antibiotics only clear up bacterial infections. Secondly, antibiotics target bacteria indiscriminately, so they wipe out good bacteria along with the bad. And finally, growing immune systems can become dependent on the drugs, says Dana Ullman, MPH, DHM, and author of The Homeopathic Revolution (North Atlantic Books, 2007). “If you treat with antibiotics too soon in the inflammation process, your child’s body doesn’t learn to identify what has infected it. Her body then depends on the antibiotic to fight the infection for her.”

Furthermore, an ear infection—viral or bacterial—will often clear up without the aid of drugs....

Author: Jessica Downey

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