Simply Well: Dr. Richmond Advocates Play over Tube Time for Kids

“Unstructured play is so important for brain development in the preschool years,” wrote Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, in a recent Simply Well blog. “It bolsters imagination, teaches decision-making skills, logic, relieves stress and improves self-confidence.” In the blog post, Dr. Richmond weighs the benefits of play time over screen time following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 release of revised media use guidelines for school-aged children. According to the AAP, unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.

South County Pediatricians Offer Tips for Happier, Healthier Kids

Pediatrician Deanna Richmond, MD, talks with an intimate group of parents at South County Pediatrics about the do’s and don’ts of managing a meltdown.

South County Pediatrics physicians, Jennifer Bram, MD, and Deanna Richmond, MD, recently invited local parents to a free educational event at their office in Webster. During the program, parents could have their specific questions answered while sharing in an interactive discussion with the doctors, which included thoughtful insights to assist parents in managing meltdowns and offering a few tricks of the trade for helping their child maintain a healthy weight. Dr. Bram and Dr. Richmond are currently accepting new patients. To book an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD. For questions about South County Pediatrics, call 508-943-5224.

Health Watch: Avoiding Tantrums during the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a stressful time for parents, especially when you have a tired child one step away from a tantrum. In this Health Watch, Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics in Webster, discusses tantrums: when to expect them, how to deal with them, and whether they are something you need to worry about. Watch the video to learn how to help children avoid tantrums.

Achoo! Learn what Dr. Richmond Shares about Allergy Season

Dr. Richmond

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Nasal congestion. Sneezing. Itchy, red or watery eyes. Throat irritation. Wheezing. These might be the symptoms of a run-of-the-mill cold – or seasonal allergies could be the culprit! While the snow was still falling in New England not too many weeks ago, it won’t be long before pollen will be whirling in its place. Many folks will be burdened with the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (or hay fever). Read more about ways to lessen allergy symptoms in the latest Simply Well blog post. Thanks to our guest blogger, Deanna Richmond, MD, primary care pediatrician, South County Pediatrics, for contributing. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.