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What's Causing Your Child's Recurring Ear Infections? May 1st, 2022

Virtually every child reaching the age of three has had at least one ear infection. That amounts to over 80%, making otitis media (middle ear infection) a common childhood condition. Unlike a common cold, however, ear infections carry more risk of long-term complications.  While ear infections often resolve on their own, it’s possible...

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Sports? Book a Sports Physical Apr 4th, 2022

If your child loves sports, it’s not too soon to book an appointment for a sports physical to make sure they’re ready for summer and fall sports.  Why do kids need physicals before the summer sports season? There are plenty of reasons. Some sports teams took a break during the...

5 Common Rashes Children Bring Home from Preschool Mar 1st, 2022

Your toddler is going to preschool. That means close interaction with other young children who transfer germs constantly from putting their fingers in their mouth or nose and then on tabletops, doorknobs, and other surfaces your child touches. If your young child is enrolled in a preschool, they’ll be exposed...

How to Help Your Ease Your Child’s Shot Anxiety Feb 1st, 2022

The mention of shots is enough to send your child into a state of fear and panic, leaving you at a loss as to how to convince them that great health is on the other side of that needle. And now that we’ve added another immunization to the list with...

7 Ways to Asthma-Proof Your Home in Winter Jan 1st, 2022

If your child or teen is using their daily control inhaler as prescribed, following up for routine asthma recheck visits, and utilizing their fast-acting “rescue” inhaler as directed, you’re halfway there in your battle against asthma. The health care team at Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center offers outstanding pediatric...

3 Tips to Get Your Child to Take Medicine Dec 13th, 2021

Most adults don’t enjoy taking medicine, and we understand why we need it. Convincing children, especially toddlers, to take medicine can be an uphill climb.  At Laurel Pediatric and Teen Medical Center, our outstanding providers have seen it all when it comes to parents convincing sick children to take medication....

Kids’ Tummies: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know Nov 8th, 2021

Nothing’s more worrisome than a sick child, especially when you don’t know for sure what’s causing the problem. Stomach aches and kids go hand in hand, so if you have children, it’s good to get familiar with the many varied causes of tummy bugs so you know how to help...

How to Tell if Your Child Is Too Sick for School Oct 27th, 2021

It’s no secret that kids get sick a lot. In fact, they get about five to seven colds a year, while adults average about two to four. Part of the reason is that they spend most of their days around other kids, in daycare or school, on the playground, and...

From Splinters to Split Lips: How to Handle 10 Common Playground Injuries Sep 7th, 2021

The team of providers at Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center wants to help parents in Bel Air, Maryland, understand how to handle the most common playground injuries. Keep reading to learn how to care for these accidents and when to seek medical attention.  1. Splinters First, try tweezers, a...

How a Sports Physical Differs From a General School Physical Aug 4th, 2021

If your child gets a general physical for school, do they need another exam to participate in sports? Yes, they do, and here’s why. Sports physicals are designed to clear a child for specific basketball, football, or tennis activities. A general school physical is focused on the overall well-being, and...

Preventing Your Child From Developing Type 2 Diabetes Jul 15th, 2021

There are two types of diabetes, and children are at risk for both. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, resulting in a lack of insulin.  Rates of both types of diabetes rose...

What Makes Children More Susceptible to Ear Infections? Jun 15th, 2021

Ear infections are very common in young children. In fact, did you know that five out of six children will have had at least one ear infection by the time they reach the age of three? Recurring ear infections can be uncomfortable and frustrating for you and your child. For...

How to Prevent and Treat Common Summer Ailments From Bug Bites to Poison Ivy May 11th, 2021

Maryland winters are harsh, but the warm months bring common warm weather ailments. With the dog days right around the corner, you might be worried about potential summertime pitfalls like bug bites and poison ivy.  At Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland, Dr. Ugonma (Ugo) Harriet...

What Triggers Eczema? Apr 1st, 2021

You remember how soft and smooth your child’s skin was when they were first born, but now it’s lost its silkiness and is covered in a red, flaky rash. What you wouldn’t give to see your child stop itching and feel the relief only soft, healthy skin can bring.  At...

The Link Between Food Additives and Asthma Mar 8th, 2021

When your child’s asthma causes daily coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, you may be concerned about factors that trigger your child’s symptoms. Could it be your child’s diet? Foods and food additives aren't common asthma triggers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. However, there is a link between some food...

Childhood Vaccinations and Why They Matter Feb 8th, 2021

In the last century, science has learned more about the power of vaccines to increase immune protection. Vaccination has virtually wiped out many serious and life-threatening diseases, like polio. Vaccination is still an essential part of your child’s health care needs. The United States CDC recommends that children start receiving...

3 Tips for Remedying Chronic Constipation in Kids Jan 17th, 2021

Chronic constipation is a common issue that frequently affects children of all ages. In general, children should have regular, daily, or almost-daily bowel movements. Children with chronic constipation have fewer bowel movements that are often hard, dry, lumpy, and difficult to pass.  Picky eaters are more prone to chronic constipation...

10 Tips to Help Prevent Winter Colds and Flu Dec 3rd, 2020

The flu season is always a concern, and this year it poses an even greater danger. With a major focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that cold and flu season has officially begun too. Keeping your family healthy is more important than ever.  Both influenza and COVID-19...

3 Things Many Parents Don’t Know about Childhood Asthma Nov 4th, 2020

Asthma, a medical condition that can make breathing difficult for your child, is one of the most common chronic conditions children experience. Without treatment, asthma can cause life-threatening attacks, but with proper management, your child can breathe freely and experience a full, active childhood. At Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical...

Temperature Tips for Parents: When and When Not to Worry Oct 7th, 2020

With cold and flu season joining the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are looking for guidance on what to do about common cold symptoms such as fevers. It's easy to get anxious and confused over all the new information about COVID-19 and fevers.  Fortunately, research shows that children don't catch COVID-19...

The Importance of Getting Your Child’s Flu Shot Early Sep 10th, 2020

September may mark the arrival of a new school year and cooler weather, but it also means that the annual flu season is just around the corner. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, it’s more important than ever to make sure that every member of your family...

Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep? Aug 13th, 2020

As teenagers begin to assert their independence, they look for decisions they can make for themselves. One of those decisions is when to go to sleep. With many distractions from homework to social media, your child might be tempted to stay up too late, resulting in grumpy mornings and daytime...

5 Tips for Soothing a Crying Newborn Jul 24th, 2020

If your infant is constantly fussy and crying, then they might have colic. Colic is intense crying and fussing in an otherwise healthy baby. It’s frustrating to deal with colic, because it can have you up all night tending to an immensely uncomfortable baby.   At Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical...