Does your child suffer from asthma?

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Asthma TreatmentIf you’re like most parents of children suffering from asthma, you’ve likely wondered whether the air in your home could be making things worse for your child. The National Center for Healthy Housing is conducting a study of Maryland families to look at just that connection – and they are looking for families to participate in the study.


SickchildandmomAs a physician who has treated many cases of this enigmatic disease, I can tell you that it is not a easy diagnosis. Patients will have a myriad of signs and symptoms, many of them atypical on the surface, but there is a pattern to this disease that can be recognized after careful thought and investigation.

Act Early and Often to Combat Teen Substance Abuse

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Kathy L. Miller MA, LCPC Erin Merli, CPNP
Oasis Mental Health Annapolis Pediatrics
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Drug and alcohol abuse is a parent’s worst nightmare. So why are so many parents asleep at the switch when it comes to this important issue?  

Often, parents just don’t believe that their children would try drugs, or if they do, they shrug it off as “just a phase.”

Parents who do discuss drugs and alcohol with their children often begin these conversations too late.  Others think their “good students” or “good athletes” are somehow protected from alcohol or drug use.
Parents, here’s a wake-up call.

The Who, What and Why of Occupational Therapy



A child's life is busy. From the minute a child wakes up, his or her day is full to the brim with "occupations," or in other words, important daily activities such as eating, dressing, grooming, playing, learning, and socializing. Each child has skills that come naturally and others that are trickier to acquire. When an age-appropriate skill does not come naturally, and leads to frustration, tears or general dysfunction at home, school or in community life, it is time to seek some help. Occupational therapists work with children and their families to help them master the skills that they are having trouble with.

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7

Dr. Steven Siegel Joins the American Association of Orthodontists in Recommending Orthodontic Check-Ups for Children No Later Than Age 7

Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, Glen Burnie orthodontist Dr. Steven Siegel says that orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are still present. MD Orthodontists of Maryland

Parents may incorrectly assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth.  However, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.

“I can't emphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Siegel.  “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite.  Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.

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