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Connecting to Nature

Getting our kids (and families) outside and into nature is one of FredCoKids core initiatives and we’re proud of our involvement with Frederick County Parks & Rec; in promoting and supporting their parks and programs. Scott Sampson (host of the PBS series Dinosaur Train) recently wrote : How to Raise a Wild Child – The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. The book is both educational and motivational . At its core is his concern and rationale for encouraging nature awareness – starting at a very young age and in very simple ways. The book has several…

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Screen Time & Media Use – Figuring it Out

Using research-based guidelines to make recommendations regarding proper use of our expanding technology for children is a fast moving target. Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2011 limiting or restring screen time for children was based on literature that is now 10 years old (before iPads and smart phones.) Exposure to screen-based technology is pervasive, and we now know that the type and format of the technology can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on children at different ages. In an attempt to stay current in this area, the AAP sponsored a symposium earlier this year to…

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E-cigarettes: There goes your health, up in smoke (and vapor)

You know the old saying: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Increasing evidence shows this applies to the new trend of e-cigarettes and vaping and their claim as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco smoking. Known collectively as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-hookah, personal vaporizers, vape pens and vaping devices are the most widely used tobacco products by high school and middle school students. Their use has increased 890% since 2011. According to the Youth Tobacco Survey, from 2011 to 2013, use of any ENDS rose from 1.3% to 3% by middle…

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Docs in the Park Summer Events

Frederick County Pediatrics is proud of its collaboration with Frederick County Parks and Recreation in planning and promoting Docs in the Park, and we want to highlight two upcoming events that children and families can enjoy! Docs in the Park Nature Series Get up close and personal as we check out various county parks with a 90 minute guided tour with a Parks and Recreation Naturalist!  It’s a great way for families of all ages to get outside, see our parks and learn more about the world around.  Who knows, maybe you’ll see one of us out there. Below are…

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Moments

“Be happy in this moment. This moment is your life.” –Omar Khayyam It has been busy lately at Frederick County Pediatrics, both professionally and personally. At work, we hired three new nurses—welcome, Molly, Betsy and Darlene! We are getting faster with our new computer system—thank you for your patience during our learning phase. At home, we celebrated the college graduation of one daughter, the high school graduation of one son and the wedding of another daughter. We mourned the passing of two beloved aunts. We know our patients and their families are marking milestones as well. There has been a wave…

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Staff Activity Picks

Has your only physical activity lately been shoveling snow and frantically waving your arms to keep your balance on icy sidewalks? While we might like to call these nature’s cross-training workouts, they aren’t quite enough to meet the daily recommendations of 30-60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Just as importantly, they aren’t the kinds of physical activity that we get excited about. Because regular exercise contributes so greatly to a healthy lifestyle (both physically and mentally), it makes sense to find activities that you consider fun and fulfilling so that exercise becomes a happily anticipated part of your day rather than…

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Vaccines – Protecting our children, protecting our community

Re-occurrence of preventable childhood illnesses has again made national headlines with measles and whooping cough (pertussis) resurging across the country. This has occurred as a result of under-vaccination – unfortunately deliberately in many situations where parents have elected to delay or not vaccinate their children. As you can see, the ripple effect of this decision is concerning and has far reaching effects for all of us. We, FCP, want to reinforce our strong support, trust and belief in our current national vaccine program and strongly support the CDC and AAP guidelines for proper and timely vaccination. We further want to…

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How to Treat a Cold at Home

Coughs and colds happen, especially in winter. They are unpleasant and frustrating but they happen to all of us at some point. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers (especially those in daycare), it is normal to get 7-9 colds per year. Once kids are in school, they tend to get fewer colds but still may get 5-6 colds per year. Teenagers and adults may get 4 colds per year. Colds are more specifically known as respiratory infections. They can further be differentiated into upper respiratory infections (URIs) like head colds or lower respiratory infections (LRIs) like bronchitis. The vast majority of…

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The Gifts of Childhood and Parenthood (a Pediatric Sermon)

Welcome to 2015. For me, this year will take me back to my roots in pediatrics as I am about to become a grandfather- of twins, no less! As I talked to my son and daughter-in-law about their impending parenthood and all the preparations and expectations of childbirth and baby care, I was struck by how quickly we can get caught up in the “how to” part of being parents and pass over the “why” and even more importantly the joy that parenthood can and should bring us. So for the moment, let’s take a look at the preface of…

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Warts

No one likes them, most people get at least one at some point in their lives. They are caused by a common virus that gets embedded in the epithelial tissue (i.e. skin and mucous membranes). The good news is that they will go away on their own if you leave them alone and give them enough time. The bad news is that it may take months to years for warts to self-resolve. Treatment for warts is generally not medically necessary but may be pursued because a person feels they are unsightly or because they are uncomfortable (especially on the bottom…

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