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Pediatric Resources for COVID-19

BMC Pediatrics is here to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We know what your family needs today might be different than tomorrow. We want it to be easy for you to find the information and support you need, no matter what kind.
 
We are here to connect you to the supports you need for you and your child to be healthy. We can help with physical & mental health, coping with parenting during COVID-19, breastfeeding, music classes & storytime for your toddler, meeting your family's basic needs, birth control and other reproductive health care for teens, and figuring out your finances. 

We can help in the following ways:

Call Us: 617.414.3535

Pediatric care in your neighborhood

Need a check up or urgent care visit for your infant, toddler, school aged child, teenager, or young adult? Boston Medical Center (BMC) Pediatrics is offering several ways to help you safely get pediatric care. 

Pediatric clinic on Yawkey 6

Our pediatric clinic on Yawkey 6 at Boston Medical Center is open to provide physical exams, vaccines, weights, reproductive health care and other well-child care. We are being careful to keep you safe. When you arrive at BMC, you and your child will get a mask and have your temperature checked and be asked some questions about exposure to COVID-19 and if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. We are practicing social distancing in the waiting room and your medical team will wear PPE (i.e. - surgical mask, face shield, gloves).

Hours: The clinic is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mobile Unit

If you do not feel comfortable coming into the hospital, we also are offering physical exams, vaccines, weights, and blood work in a Mobile Unit in many Boston neighborhoods (Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, South End, South Boston, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain). This Mobile Unit will meet you outside of your house and a doctor and a nurse will conduct your visit inside of our Mobile Unit. 

Hours: This Mobile Unit operates Monday to Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

Red Tent

If you do not live in one of the Boston neighborhoods listed above, we also have a Red Tent outside of Boston Medical Center on Albany Street next to the Shapiro Building. Doctors and nurses offer physical exams, vaccines, weights, and blood work in the tent. If you are traveling by car, we have valet outside of the Red Tent-no need to find a parking spot. We are practicing social distancing in the Red Tent—only one patient at a time. 

Hours: The Red Tent operates Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

To schedule an appointment in our Pediatric Clinic in Yawkey, Mobile Unit, or Red Tent

Please call the pediatric clinic at 617.414.5946 to speak to one of our scheduling staff. If you are not sure if your child should be seen in person, please call us and we can talk with you about the best way to get your child care. We are here to help you get the care you need! 

For sick visits or urgent care

If your infant, child, or teenager is sick or injured and it is an emergency, please call 911. If they need urgent care, please call 617.414.5946 and ask to speak to a nurse. We answer the phone from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

We will help figure out the best way to get you the care you need. Depending on the specific problem, we are offering sick visits using telemedicine (phone or video, pictures via MyChart or email). If your child needs to be seen in person, we may be able to see you in person in our clinic, mobile unit, or tent. For some sick children, we may ask you to go to our pediatric emergency room. The emergency room is taking careful steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For teenagers and young adults

We are doing in person visits for the reproductive health needs of our adolescent and young adult patients, when needed, such as: 

  • Birth control, including IUD and nexplanon placement and removal
  • Pregnancy assessment and connection to care
  • STI testing and treatment

We see young adults up to 23 years old for well care and 26 years old for specialty care (including family planning care).

We take care of children from birth to young adulthood with the following problems and more: allergies to food, medicine, and environmental triggers; ADHD; addiction care and substance use disorder; anemia; asthma; behavioral problems; colds (upper respiratory infections); coughing; diabetes; ear infections; family planning (contraceptive care); gender affirming care; growth problems (not gaining enough weight); headaches; injuries; lead exposure; mood problems; including depression, anxiety, anger, and grief; overweight and obesity; pregnancy; pneumonia; rashes, including eczema; relationship violence; menstrual disorders; skin infections (cellulitis and abscesses); seizures; strep throat; sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; sexual health; trauma; urinary tract infections, and more.

Phone Support Line

Have a specific question or not sure where to start? Call our COVID support line to speak to a BMC Pediatrics team member about your question. Whether it’s how to find a therapist, what to do about homeschooling, how to access birth control, or worries about how to figure out your budget, we are here to help. Have other needs? Call us and we will help you to connect with resources.

Call: 617.414.3535

Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Leave a message with your name and phone number after hours.

Mobile Text Messages for Parents

CONtexts (Community Resources On Health Nearby Fun) is a free text messaging service and interactive resource sharing map that promotes child and family wellness by providing current information on community resources, enrichment, and wellness tips.

MASSTHRIVE: Searchable Online Community Resources

MASSTHRIVE is an online tool to search for free or reduced-cost programs in your neighborhood that help with food, housing, childcare, education, financial support, and so much more. To see what is new and available near you, just type in your zip code at: massthrive.org 

This resource directory is being updated daily to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. 

Want more help learning to use it?

 

 

Live Group Video Events

We are hosting reoccurring live gatherings on Zoom. These events are invitation-only for BMC patients, to protect the privacy and safety of our families. They focus on: coping with stress, grief, figuring out your finances and meeting your family’s basic needs, infant care (breastfeeding and coping with new parenthood), caring for children with autism and developmental differences, and child development (music classes). We also have pre-recorded storytime with our pediatricians!

Schedule

Mental health

Feeling stressed?

Join us to find support for yourself and your children, learn coping techniques, have an outlet to talk about your stress.

When

Every other Tuesday at 4:00 PM beginning May 19th

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Finding Strength in Grief

Experiencing a loss is hard. Parenting as you and your child grieve can be even harder.

Join these sessions to learn more about grief, how to support grieving children, and other grief-related resources.

When

Group in English: Every other Thursday at 10:00 AM beginning May 21st

Group in Spanish: Every other Thursday at 10:00 AM beginning May 28th

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Hosted by: Good Grief

Figuring out your finances, meeting your family’s needs

Do you have questions about financial resources or concerns about your budget? Join these sessions to get more information.

Join us as we discuss the resources available for your family’s financial and everyday needs - managing your budget, your everyday needs like food, housing, and income supports, and planning for the future.

Abundance: a free, mobile food access app by Vital Village

When

Every Friday at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM beginning May 22nd

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Infant care: Vital Village

Are you pregnant and curious about breastfeeding? Struggling with breast pain or your newborn's poor latch?

Happily bottle-feeding your growing baby and interested in meeting other parents? Join our virtual support groups that offer professional lactation counseling and support for anyone struggling with the ups and downs of parenting. These sessions focus on breastfeeding and community support. Breastfeeding warmline: 857.301.8259 or [email protected]

When

Every Monday at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (BMC Baby Café Vital Village breastfeeding support) 

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Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Codman Square Health Center Baby Cafe)

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Every Monday at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Codman Square Health Center Baby Cafe)

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Hosted by: Vital Village 

Infant care: Small Moments

Topics include breastfeeding, parenting, and postpartum support.

These sessions focus on your relationship with your new baby and challenges such as crying, financial stress, family dynamics, and postpartum depression– and all the emotions that come with it - in the first six months of life. If you can, download the app on your phone before the session!

When

Every other Friday at 12:00 PM beginning May 22nd

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Caring for kids with autism & developmental differences

The COVID pandemic has created extraordinary stress on families, especially those who care for children with special needs.

These sessions will explore ways to manage expectations, behaviors, routines at home with advice, resources and information from experts in the field. 

Families do not need to register for the whole series and can participate in any single session(s) they choose. 

When

Every other Wednesday beginning May 20th, at 1:00 PM

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Fun when stuck at home with young kids, enhancing your child's development

Music classes: these are interactive music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families

These sessions are run by our wonderful music teacher, Barbara who used to teach our music classes at BMC. She has lots of fun instruments and will help us turn household items into our own instruments. Sharing music with your children is really important at a time like this, because group music classes can enhance children's language, development, and social skills. More importantly, it brings us happiness and joy, and gives us something really fun to do!

When

Music class: Every Friday at 10:00 AM

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Emergency Support

Is your family or someone you know in crisis? 

If you are afraid for your safety, you can call 911 any time. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call 1.800.273.8255

Boston Emergency Service Team (BEST), for mental health crises call 800.981.4357

National Domestic Violence Hotline: call 800.799.7233 or visit thehotline.org

BMC Domestic Violence Program: call 617.414.5457 or visit bmc.org/programs/domestic-violence-program

SafeLink MA Hotline: call 877.785.2020 or visit janedoe.org/find_help

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Hotline:  call 1.800.841.8371 or visit barcc.org

Breastfeeding Support WARMLINE: For lactation support and questions 7-days a week please call our Warmline at 857.301.8259 or e-mail [email protected]
This line is operated by volunteer lactation peer counselors, CLCs and IBCLCs

Still not sure where to start or have a question? Contact us!

617.414.3535