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Spring, 2016 - In This Issue:

Be a Safe Pedestrian
"Look both ways before you cross the street!"  We all grew up hearing this.  It's great advice, but pedestrian safety goes beyond that.  
Every day, there are more and more cars on the street and they are moving at a faster rate than ever before. 
Despite new cell phone laws, drivers are distracted and still using phones. 
It's up to you and I to teach our kids to be safe when they are walking.
Here are a few precautions to review with your child.
  • Crosswalks and traffic lights don't stop cars! The "WALK" signal does not mean it's safe to cross.  It only means it's your turn to cross.  Make sure all traffic has come to a stop before you cross.
  • Look before stepping past stopped vehicles- they may be blocking your view of moving traffic.
  • Wear bright clothes to be seen day or night.  At night, wear reflective materials.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Stand on the side of the road while waiting for the bus and always stand at least 10 feet away from where the bus stops.
  • Try to make eye contact with the driver(s) to make sure they see you before you begin to cross.

For more safety tips visit MD State Highway Administration
You Don't Have to Sneeze Anymore
toddler_smelling_roses.jpg It's Spring time!  Flowers & trees are blooming, grass is growing, blossoms are popping up everywhere and you can't stop sniffling.  You aren't alone.  Allergies to pollen, grass, trees & ragweed (just to name a few) are quite common. Often times the symptoms can be alleviated simply by taking an over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication, but if your child is having more severe symptoms or OTC's aren't helping, he/she  may need to be evaluated by your primary care provider.
Here are a few symptoms that your child may identify with:
  • Red, puffy, itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny nose, congestion, sneezing
  • Cough, chest tightness,shortness of breath, wheezing
  • Eczema, hives, or other red rash
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or vomiting
If these symptoms worsen over time or don't get better with OTC medications, please call us to schedule an appointment. We're here to help!

For more information on pediatric allergies, go to

Safety in the Springtime
Wear That Protective Gear!
bike-skate-kids-sm.jpg Most children are very active with their daily schedules, especially when school is out. Whether riding a bike, skateboarding, playing baseball or any other sport, your child should have the appropriate protective gear. This means: helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and any other recommended gear.

Getting kids to wear appropriate equipment tends to be more difficult as they get older. To get out of wearing their safety gear, they will give many excuses including... "It doesn't look cool", "It feels weird", "My friend doesn't wear one, why do I have to?"   The fact is, we want children to be safe.  It is much easier to prevent an accident from happening than it is to treat an injury once it's occurred.
Here are some tips on how to counter those excuses:
  • Make sure the gear fits properly. If it fits correctly & comfortably, they're more likely to wear it.
  • Join forces with other parents to make wearing protective equipment the norm.
  • Refer to professional athletes. Remind your child that even professionals wear protective gear when they play.
  • Be a positive role model for your child.  If they see you wearing your protective equipment consistently, they will too.
Child & Teen Wellness Center
10085 Red Run Blvd., Suite 201
Owings Mills, MD  21117

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Mon., Tues.,Wed., 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thurs., 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
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Phone: (410) 363-1843
Billing: (443) 394-3260

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