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AAP policy statement on Effective Discipline for Children

The policy statement was released in December 2018. The focus of the conclusions is that corporal punishment (i.e., spanking) was ineffective as a short-term disciplinary method and likely contributes to anger and aggressive behaviors as a long-term consequence. This is the first AAP policy update on this subject since 1998 and the conclusions are now more evidenced based. Fortunately, there has been a gradual decline in the use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary method during this time period in our society. So, what are the recommended alternatives? This is an age-old and ongoing process (and discussion). A synopsis is…

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Over the Counter Medication

The heat is officially on at home, which reminds us that we are entering cold and flu season. This is a time of year when all people, but particularly children, frequently come down with runny nose and cough. Most of these illnesses are due to viruses, and we know that healthy children can get 8-12 viral infections every year. Because these illnesses are often viral, they do not respond to antibiotics. So parents often wonder what to do for their child to help him or her feel better. Over the counter cough and cold medications are readily available in any…

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Media Exposure & Usage in Children – – AAP Policy Statement Update

At this year’s national AAP meeting held in October, the AAP updated their policy statement regarding media exposure and usage in all age groups. It was divided into two sections: 1) infants, toddlers and preschoolers and, 2) older children and adolescents. We’ll tackle the younger age group in this blog. For the younger age group, the AAP continued to emphasize that evidence for benefits of media exposure of any type for children under 2 is very limited. Children under 2 need hands on exploration and social interactions, ideally with consistent caregivers (I.e. parents) to develop in all developmental areas –…

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Healthy School Lunches – Making them better

The much maligned school lunch has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years. New dietary guidelines established in 2012 to provide healthier lunches has brought more focus to the basics of what constitutes a healthy lunch. These improved guidelines include reduced fat and sodium content of foods served with an increase of fruits and vegetables, discouraging sugar based drinks and promoting healthier grain options. It’s been a work in progress. The American diet is accustomed to fattier, sweeter foods and acceptance of these changes will take time. Furthermore, the quality of lunches brought from home is lagging…

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Happy Changes for Happy Spring!

Happy Spring and I am pleased to announce and welcome some big changes to our practice!  First and foremost, I want to introduce Dr. Jennifer Burns to our provider staff.  I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Dr. Burns over the past dozen years that she has practiced in Frederick.  I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and caring physician.  Her commitment to quality medical care and her dedication to her patients is simply the best.  Her strong training experience local knowledge of Frederick County will allow her to step right into our practice.  We are very lucky to…

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year from Dr. Lee and Fred Co Kids! As we look forward to a new year, I would like to propose some family resolutions near and dear to my heart that embrace our practice mission. Nature and Getting Outside How about a family First Day Hike? Visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/firstdayhikes.aspx for planned hikes around our local state park system.  Planning outdoor activities like family hikes throughout the year can become a fun part of a family’s day to day lives as well as the centerpiece of creating quality family time. Getting outside more also means staying inside less! One of…

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Let’s talk about Cancer

Are you still waiting to get your preteen or teen vaccinated with the HPV vaccine? Maybe you think it’s not necessary.This is a vaccine that prevents cancer, not just cervical cancer in women, but genital cancer in men, as well as increasing numbers of mouth and throat cancers. We now know that HPV causes more oral and throat cancer than tobacco!! HPV has become so common that by the age of 50, 80% of women will have it. Not all of those women will go on to get cancer, but we have the opportunity to drastically reduce the risk of…

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Safe Sleep Practices for Infants

When I was in my pediatric training back in the ’80s, unexplained infant death during sleep was called crib death.  The name was changed to SIDS – sudden infant death syndrome – and extensive research was and continues to be done to understand and prevent this tragic condition. Today, the old term is almost ironic because now the sad truth is most unexplained infant deaths occur as a result of unsafe sleep practices that could have been prevented if only the baby was sleeping in their crib! Sudden infant death rates have decreased by 2/3 in the past two decades…

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Marijuana – New Era/Old Concerns

Legalization of marijuana in several states has shifted our perspective and acceptance that marijuana is a safe (or safer) drug more aligned with alcohol and cigarettes. But marijuana ,like alcohol and cigarettes, is by no means benign and we’re finding this to be especially true in the adolescent age group. First, the statistics : 10-15%of middle schoolers and approx. 1/3 of high schoolers have at least tried marijuana and approx. 15-20%of high schoolers claim to use it fairly regularly (monthly). With this in mind, the AAP recently updated their policy statement on marijuana, opposing legalization and encouraging ongoing research and…

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Community Programs

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