THH July Newsletter

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JULY 2019

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Travel Tips

The Teen Brain

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  • Schedule your back to school check ups !

Travel tips by the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Traveling by Air
    • Allow your family extra time to get through security .
    • Wear shoes that are easy to take off for security screening.
    • Strollers/car seats can be brought through airport security and gate-checked
    • Inform your child of the security process
    • Discuss the fact that it’s against the law to make threats about bombs/guns
    • A child can be in a car seat on the aircraft or children under age 2 are allowed to be held on an adult’s lap
    • Pack a bag of toys and snacks
    • Encourage your infant to nurse or suck on a bottle and older children can chew gum or drinking liquids with a straw on descent to decrease ear pressure
    • Wash hands frequently, and bring disinfectant wipes to prevent illnesses during travel.
    • Consult us if your child is ill, recent ear infection or history of chronic lung/heart disease prior to travel
  • Traveling By Car
    • Always use a car seat in a car/uber/taxi
    • Most rental car companies can arrange for a car seat if you are unable to bring yours along so make sure it’s in good condition
    • Once a child who has outgrown the car seat with a harness (reached the top weight or height allowed for shoulders are above the top harness slots, or ears have reached the top of the seat) should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4′ 9″ in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age)
    • All children under 12/13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
    • While driving point out interesting sights along the way, bring soft, lightweight toys and favorite music for a sing-along.
    • Give yourself and your child a break about every two hours.
    • Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute.
    • Parents should carry safe water and snacks, child-safe hand wipes
  • International Travel
    • Travel consult our office 2 weeks prior to travel for recommendations on preventive medications or necessary vaccines
    • Bring mosquito repellent in countries where mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria are present.
    • Reduce jet lag by adjusting your child’s sleep schedule 2-3 days before departure and then encouraged to be active outside during daylight hours to promote adjustment.
    • Stay within arm’s reach of children while swimming in pools/beaches
    • Ensure that your child wears a life jacket when on smaller boats
    • Inspect hotels for exposed wiring, pests, paint chips, or inadequate stairway/balcony railings.
    • When traveling, be aware that cribs provided by hotels may not meet current safety standards.

 

 

The Teen Brain

  • Brain in development
    • Just like the body the brain develops at different speeds.
      • It is shown that the prefrontal cortex doesn’t completely develop until 24 years old which is the part of the brain that plays an important role in regulating mood, attention, impulse control
      • The Amygdala matures much sooner which is the part of the brain that plays a role in emotion, aggression, and reflexive responses
    • The mismatch
      • These differences between different parts of the brain might pay a role in teen violence, substance abuse, mental illness
      • So to help through these changes its important to set goals in middle school and at the start of high school. If they are not meeting those goals and are withdrawn or acting out, not eating or sleeping regularly, or are letting their grades slip then its necessary to consult us and seek therapy

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Germantown, MD 20874
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Due to testing supply issues, COVID testing through our office is currently only available for symptomatic patients until further notice.

 

The CDC has approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Due to limited allocations from the Maryland Department of Health, we are unable to schedule vaccine appointments at this time.  We expect to receive an update within the  next two weeks. When we receive notification of our next shipment, then we will open our next clinic. If you have already received your first dose at our office, then we have received the allocation for your booster dose and you should keep your second shot appointment.  Please continue to check the THH website, facebook page and portal messages for updates!

 

Although  the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings, this does not include healthcare settings. THH Pediatrics still requires all patients and visitors to wear a mask when they come to the office.

    Our CHADIS screening process has changed for Well Child Care (WCC). Please check our CHADIS page and fill out your screen prior to your  well check up to make your WCC experience more complete. 

We have restarted our evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, but we will continue to not have Thursday evening and  Saturday morning hours   until further notice. We are seeing well check ups for all ages. THH will continue to schedule telemedicine visits and appropriate sick visits in the office. In addition, please see our latest news section regarding Coronavirus resources for parents.

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