Big Book of Health 2020

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Your Family’s Guide To A Healthy 2020

Your Family Guide To A Healthy 2020

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FEATURES 05 Editor’s Letter 07 A First Visit to the Gynecologist 09 Buying Better Sunscreens 09 Protecting Skin Against Winter Weather 10 Fun, Fit Family 12 Healthy Meals on a Budget 24 Bracing for Braces 26 8 Simple Tips to Keep Sickness from Spreading 32 Getting to know your Family Health History

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he New Year is the perfect time for a healthy change for your family. With this January ushering in both a new year and a new decade, the time has never been better to get healthy together. Whether your family

is aiming to eat well, exercise together, lose weight or tackle challenges concerning the kids’ health—like getting braces—the Big Book of Health has you covered. If you’ve never seen the Big Book before, it’s a product of Chesapeake Family Life, a monthly magazine produced for families in Maryland who want to find fun things to do, learn about local education issues, family health and plenty more. In each issue you’ll find something for everyone in your family. The Big Book of Health is an extension of the magazine—an annual guide to family health that includes a directory of providers, which you’ll find on page 14, as well as the Health Support Group and Resources directory on page 21. If your family’s resolution is to get fit, have a good look at page 10, where you’ll find great ways to get fit together, or at least under the same roof, where nearby health clubs offer classes for both adults and kids. We’ve also got great tips on keeping your family’s skin healthy all year (page 9), healthy, budget-friendly recipes on page 12, the newest on when to get your kids to the orthodontist (page 24), and helpful advice for your daughter’s first trip to the gynecologist (page 7). Plus, probably most helpful in the wintertime, 8 simple tips for keeping sickness from spreading in your house on page 26. We hope this guide finds you well and that it helps your family healthy throughout the year. If you like what you see, we hope you’ll seek out more great information on your family’s health at, where

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A First Visit to the Gynecologist

aking your daughter to the gynecologist for the first time can be scary for mother and daughter, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether she has heavy periods, painful periods, mood-altering PMS, wants to get on birth control, or her primary care doctor suggests it’s time to go, eventually your daughter will need to visit the gynecologist. Before you or she gets too worried, here’s what you need to know to get the most out of her first visit. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that girls have their first visit between 13 and 15 years old. The main purpose is to begin a meaningful conversation that will continue for years to come. “If a young woman is planning on being sexually active it would be a good idea to have a gynecologic checkup and talk about prevention from sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and birth control,” says Joanne Hasman, certified nurse midwife at Special Beginnings Birth & Women’s Center. The sooner a provider gets to know your daughter, the more comfortable she will feel going forward. “For young girls, heavy periods and cramps are the 2 largest issues we see,” Hasman says. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that many girls share the same health concerns—like cramps and problems with menstrual periods; acne; weight; sex and sexuality; birth control; sexually transmitted infections; alcohol, drugs and smoking; and emotional ups and downs. They also tend to be interested in tips on making good lifestyle choices. As a parent it is essential that you take the time to ensure your daughter knows what to expect before her first visit to help foster this relationship with her provider. The first visit is basically a time to find out how to best take care of your body and learn what you can expect at visits down the road. First is the physical aspect. “We listen to the heart and lungs, check the thyroid, order bloodwork as needed and if someone has an issue we discuss it like long, heavy menstrual periods that need to be managed with medication, homeopathic remedies or herbal supplements,” says Hasman. Next up is the pelvic exam. You can explain this to your daughter beforehand, noting that the gynecologist will examine the vulva,

vagina and cervix, then perhaps perform a pap smear (doctors won’t often recommend this until age 21 unless the patient is sexually active), and check internal organs with a gloved hand. The pap smear checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer. “We used to tell women to get a pap smear every year but the recommendations have changed based on age and whether they have a history of HPV infection,” says Hasman. This may be an uncomfortable conversation to have with your daughter, but the more you share with her, the better prepared she will be, and will help her form a good relationship with her doctor, and you. Here are some other tips to think about with your daughter. Get her Input • Does she want to see a male or female doctor? • Does she want to see your doctor or someone new? • Does she want you in the room with her? What will the Doctor ask? • Medical history • When did you start your last period? • Are you sexually active? • Could you be pregnant? • Your period particulars—Heavy flow? Pain? Bits of Wisdom Be honest! Your gynecologist needs to know as much about your body as you do to help you care for it properly. Don’t worry about what your vagina looks like. Gynecologists have seen it all, and don’t care what you look like down there. It may be embarrassing at first, but once you get over it, it’s great to have a good doctor in your corner to help with any problems that arise down the road. —Jamie Lober • BIG BOOK OF HEALTH 2020 • 7


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Buying Better Sunscreens


e all know how important sunscreen is to our skin. Without sun protection, we risk getting burned and, down the line, getting wrinkles, spots, and of course, skin cancer. But not all sunscreen is created equal. One common myth is that a super high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is better. But studies have shown that any SPF rating above 60 is no more effective than its counterparts with SPF 50. Another quality factor when considering which sunscreen to buy is whether it is labeled “Broad Spectrum.” According to, “UVA rays cause skin damage that leads to skin aging and wrinkles. The shortest wavelengths of UVA rays also contribute to sunburn. It’s important to look for the words “broad spectrum” on the label, which means the product has ingredients that can protect you from UVA as well as UVB rays.” Sunscreens have been under scrutiny lately as studies show that sunscreens fortified with Vitamin A may actually speed the development of skin cancer. In May, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that participants absorbed the chemicals avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule through their skin very quickly, resulting in higher concentrations in their blood than recommended by the FDA. Those chemicals are also harming coral reefs in our oceans. Hawaii and the City of Key West, Florida recently passed laws banning sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate. This information can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for your family, but fortunately there’s an excellent resource to turn to—the Environmental Working Group’s annual guide to sunscreens—to find a product you can rely on. This year EWG researchers rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,300 SPF products, including sunscreens, daily moisturizers and lip balms with SPF values. This year’s guide (found at also offers tips to help shoppers find the right option for themselves and their families.

Protecting Skin Against Winter Weather


he combination of windy, cold weather outside and dry heat inside can be tough on anyone’s skin—especially kids’. Here’s how you can protect your child’s delicate skin from winter weather. Outdoors, remember to always keep your child’s skin covered, even if just making a quick trip from the house to the car, but especially for those who may be outside longer, such as bus-riders. Older babies and young children should be dressed in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Inside, protecting your child’s skin begins with the bath routine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, daily baths or showers are not necessary for children ages 6 to 11. While a nice warm bubble bath may seem like just the ticket for dry, itchy skin Annapolis Pediatric’s Nichole Tucker, CPNP, says less is more. “I do normally recommend spacing baths in the winter months,” says Tucker. “This will allow the body time to self lubricate! Keep baths short and sweet, you can even try switching to showers. Remember pat dry vs. rubbing and start applying lotion directly after bath.” Bath water should be tepid, not too hot, as this will only increase itchiness. At bath time, which should be limited to 10 minutes, avoid the bubbles and fragrant soaps. Opt instead for non-comedogenic soaps and lotions to prevent irritation and help with lubrication. Tucker suggests following your nose when choosing bath products, “If it smells like anything, don’t use it! Just because a label says nonfragrant does not always mean it is. I tend to avoid bubble baths as these are normally always scented.” For exacerbated skin, Tucker recommends a thin layer of 1-percent hydrocortisone cream, used sparingly, not more than twice a day for a week. The cream can be layered with Aquaphor or Vaseline. She says both of these products are excellent for chapped lips, too. • BIG BOOK OF HEALTH 2020 • 9



ooking to get the whole family a little more active in the New Year? A health club can help. Here’s what a few spots in the Annapolis area that offer ways to get the family moving together—or at least moving under the same roof. Read on for the details.

The “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center at Truxtun Park Annapolis Starting at age 14, kids can go to the fitness center with their parents as long as they have gone through an orientation. Youth 16 and older can take fitness classes with their parents. There is also an indoor track for family runs, three courts for basketball and a rock-climbing wall. The Kidz Zone is available to kids ages 4 months to 12 years, and the Ballocity indoor playground gets kids moving. There is also a host of classes just for kids. recreation-and-parks/pip-moyer-recreation-center

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Easton Kids ages 11 to 15 can complete a Teen Fitness Clearance Pass course to use the circuit weight and cardio equipment in the gym. There is a Kids Bootcamp class that runs at the same time as the adult Bootcamp on Saturday mornings and allows kids to get in shape with their peers while parents work out. Teens can start taking most strength and cardio classes with their parents at age 16, but they can take Zumba starting at age 12.

Severna Park Heat Cardio Club is committed to providing a fun, energetic and safe environment for clients to exercise and reach their fitness goals. All classes are formatted to fit every fitness level. Whether it is your first class or you are a long standing member, they will make sure you are challenged within your comfort level. Unless they specifically hold a kids class or event, the minimum age to attend a fitness class will be 13.

Bowie Kids can start taking classes alongside parents when they are 13. In the meantime, Sport Fit offers a full schedule of fitness classes designed especially for children ages 18 months to 12 years at the same time as the Adult Fitness classes. Family Spin is offered for parents and their kids to work out together in the Cycle Studio, and there are daily family swim times in the therapy pool.


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Colombia, Severna Park Zumbini is an early childhood development program focused on movement & music for children ages 0 to 4 years, to attend with their caregivers. Created by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning and fun!

Annapolis FIT4MOM is a nationwide leader of pre and postnatal fitness. Offering a variety of classes, with and without children, that are appropriate for all fitness levels and all stages of motherhood. They also offer community through their fitness classes, free weekly playgroups, and monthly mom’s night out.

Arnold, Ellicott City, Pasadena Children younger than 16 can use the weight room and cardio if they have taken the teen strength training class. This allows parents and children the opportunity to work out together. Both Arnold and Ellicott City Y’s have a climbing wall that families can enjoy together. Depending on the class, youth can start attending with their parents at age 15. There are also a host of classes for kids.



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Columbia If you watch TV shows like “American Ninja Warrior” and want a chance to prove your strength on a similar course, you’re in luck. At NinjaBe, you can become more fit and mentally focused on a real Ninja Warrior obstacle course. You can do it alone or experience with family or friends. Participation at NinjaBe ranges from 5 to 99 years old.

Laurel All of the indoor climbing walls are individually themed at ClimbZone, where you and your children can climb to the top of Jack’s giant beanstalk, negotiate an enormous spider web, reach for the stars aboard the giant space rocket, rise to the top of the Empire State Building, scale the ancient bones of a T-Rex, or look each of the Presidents on Mt. Rushmore in the eye.

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t’s more important than ever to keep to a budget while your family is growing and you’re trying to save money for everything from education to health care. But with kids’ demands that everything taste great and parents’ goal that it all be healthy, it’s a tall order to fill. Grocery budgets are blown every day, but having a few great, cost-effective recipes in your file is never a bad idea, and using pantry ingredients whenever possible will keep your budget in check.

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Budget Friendly Recipes

For Breakfast Erica’s Strata

For Lunch Potato-Leek Soup

For Dinner Turkey Chili

Approximate cost: $7.25

Approximate cost: $6.50

Approximate cost: $12

I love a hearty breakfast, and a strata fits the bill every time. Plus, you make it ahead of time. A strata is like a type of bread pudding cooked with eggs, bread, and often a bit of cheese. Don’t be afraid to make this dish your own by using the veggies and cheeses you have available in your fridge. It’s completely adaptable. I like to amp mine up with just a little bit of cheese to keep the fat in check and load it with any veggies I’ve got on hand. I named this dish after incorporating a few of the ingredients my friend Erica likes, and truthfully, just couldn’t resist the name.

This is a recipe I’ve been making since I finished culinary school in 1995. It’s my teenage son’s absolute favorite, and he’ll slurp down the whole pot if I let him. Add in a salad or rolls to round it out a bit.

Forget ground turkey, we’re using turkey thighs in this recipe, which will make our chili richer and tastier while keeping the price down. Turkey thighs are readily available in the meat section at your grocery store.

• 1 tablespoon butter • 2 medium leeks (they look like green onions on steroids), white part only, washed & sliced • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes • 4 to 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth (bonus points if you make it yourself) • salt to taste • pepper to taste • Optional: ½ cup whole milk

• 1 cup onion, chopped • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 1 4-ounce can green chilies • 1 tablespoon chili powder • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1-15 oz can yellow hominy, drained and rinsed • 1-15 ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes • 2-3 turkey thighs, bone-in, skin removed, and discarded • 4 cups prepared rice, preferably brown

Serves 4

• 4 bread slices, cut or torn into cubes (leftover, slightly stale bread is great for this) • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded • ½ cup ham, diced • ½ cup asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces, bottom ends trimmed • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (Optional: Cook briefly in a sauté pan until just browned and liquid has been released for more flavor) • 1 cup milk • 6 large eggs • ½ teaspoon mustard, dry (or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard) • ½ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon pepper • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 1. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bread cubes, cheddar cheese, ham, asparagus, and mushrooms into the pan and toss well to combine. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture and cover with foil. Place covered pan in the fridge, and allow the milk mixture to soak in at least one hour or up to overnight. 3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Remove foil from strata and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. Allow to stand for 10 minutes (it will deflate a bit coming out of the oven), then serve.

Serves 4

1. Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks to pan and sauté gently, stirring occasionally, until wilted but not browned, 6-8 minutes. Add 4 cups chicken broth to the pan, and then add potatoes. Bring to a boil, and then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return soup to the pan and, if necessary, add more chicken broth to achieve the consistency you like. Add the milk, being careful NOT to bring to a boil (this will cause the milk to separate). Season to taste with salt and pepper. (If calories aren’t a major concern, substitute halfand-half or heavy cream for the milk for extra creaminess.)


Serves 6

1. Using a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, add all ingredients except for the turkey thighs into the cooker and stir to combine. Place the skinned turkey thighs into the mixture and submerge. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set on low for 6-7 hours, or high for 3-4 hours, or until the meat pulls easily from the bone. Do not remove the lid during the cooking process, no matter how delicious it smells (each time the lid is removed during cooking, it adds 20-30 minutes to the cooking cycle).Remove the thighs to a cutting board and remove the bones. Using two forks, shred the meat and return to the cooker, along with any accumulated juices, stirring well to combine. Serve chili over rice.

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Annapolis, 443-214-3119

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Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center Arnold, 410-626-8982

DENTISTRY – GENERAL About Smiles Dentistry Annapolis, 410-990-4700

Annapolis Comprehensive Dentistry Annapolis, 410-266-6366 Using a comprehensive patientfocused approach, our doctors thoroughly examine every patient, screening for oral cancer, analyzing the teeth, gums and jaw to evaluate

Chester, 443-249-8881 The eastern shore’s largest dental care provider. Offers oral hygiene & wellness, general, restorative, cosmetic and sedation dentistry. New patients always welcome. Convenient weekday hours 7am-7pm. See our ad on page 18

Edgewater Dental Arts Edgewater, 410-956-3525

Kathryn Ehmann and Associates Annapolis, 410-224-1105

Kent Island Dentistry Stevensville, 410-643-5100

Mitchell Dental Care Edgewater, 410-956-8380

Scott Finlay DDS and Associates Arnold, 443-276-4094

Scott M. Smith DDS Family Dentistry Annapolis, 410-626-9680

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Centreville, 410-690-3388 Easton, 410-412-3339 We provide our patients with a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Utilizing advanced technologies, we offer multiple treatments that produce results. We provide the best experience for our patients and pride ourselves on our unsurpassed reputa-

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Elkton, Forest Hill, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Parkville 855-979-3366, Our doctors are all specialists and provide exceptional care while keeping your child happy. We make it affordable, too, by offering a variety payment options and accept most insurance plans. From first check-ups to braces, we make sure every experience results in a beautiful smile.

Strong Smiles Dental Care Edgewater, 410-956-4608

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Mairead O’Reilly and Associates Annapolis, 410-266-0025 Dr. O’Reilly is a trusted, boardcertified professional with years of experience. She and her staff are committed to providing you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a warm and welcoming state-of-the-art facility. See our ad on page 8

DENTISTRY – ORTHODONTISTS All Smiles Orthodontics Crofton, Edgewater, Severna Park, 855-862-5472

Benkovich Orthondontics Annapolis, 410-268-1700 Kent Island, 410-643-4499

Berkinshaw Orthodontics Annapolis, 410-266-8880

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Orthodontists of Maryland Glen Burnie, 410-761-6960 Reisterstown, 410-833-9330 As orthodontic specialists, we are dedicated to helping you or members of your family understand how this special care can improve the way you look and feel about yourself. See our ad on page 16

Philbin and Reinheimer Orthodontics Annapolis, Stevensville 410-774-5829 We offer patients state-of the-art, comprehensive orthodontic care in a professional, family-oriented environment. With over 25 years of success, as well as being a top 1% Invisalign Provider in the nation, you will be in good hands. See our ad on page 4

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Abingdon/Bel Air, 410-569-4300, Hanover, 410-799-0780 Perry Hall, 410-248-3384 Our group helps address the special needs children have when it comes to compassionate, quality children’s dentistry. We try to give positive dental experiences and provide a loving, caring atmosphere where children are treated as individuals. See our ad on page 27

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Stevensville, 410-604-2211 Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing patients with experienced dental care in a fun, comfortable setting. We believe a partnership with parents encourages our patients to maintain an overall healthy and happy smile. See our ad on page 8

Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics Elkton, Forest Hill, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Parkville 855-979-3366 Our doctors are all specialists and provide exceptional care while keeping your child happy. We make it affordable too by offering a variety payment options and accept most insurance plans. From first check-ups to braces, we make sure every experience results in a beautiful smile. See our ad on page 19

The Pediatric Dental Specialists Bowie, 301-262-0242

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DERMATOLOGY Annapolis Dermatology Associates Annapolis, 410-224-2260

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Anne Arundel Dermatology Annapolis, Easton, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Kent Island, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, 443-351-3376

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HOSPITALS / MEDICAL CENTERS AAMC - Anne Arundel Medical Center Annapolis, 443-481-1000

BWMC - Baltimore Washington Medical Center Glen Burnie, 410-787-4000

Calvert Memorial Hospital Prince Frederick, 410-535-4000

Children’s National Health Center

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Kent Island Primary Care

Annapolis, Arnold, Bowie, Columbia, Pasadena 410-255-2700,

Bay Community Health West River, 410-867-4700

Multiple Locations in Anne Arundel County With Kaiser Permanente, your doctors, health plan, pharmacy, and hospitals are connected, so health care works better for you.

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University of Maryland Bowie Health Center Bowie, 301-262-5511

Arnold, 410-919-4904

Anchored Hope Therapy Annapolis, 443-291-8090 We customize therapy in diagnostic evaluation, individual/family/ couples, and clinical consultation to meet the needs of each client. We offer flexible scheduling and a variety of treatment options. See our ad on page 27

Brighter Hope Wellness Center Clarksville, 410-531-8100

Edgewater Psychotherapy Edgewater, 410-970-4917

Oasis - The Center for Mental Health

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Annapolis OB-GYN Associates Annapolis, 410-573-9530

Calvert OB/GYN Prince Frederick, 410-535-5610

Chesapeake Women’s Care Annapolis, 410-571-9700

Comprehensive Gynecology Center Gambrills, 410-451-0076

LSC OB/GYN LLC Annapolis, 410-266-7755

Premier Ob/Gyn Odenton, 301-352-4007

Womankind OB/GYN Associates Columbia, 410-997-6464

Annapolis, 410-571-0888 Provides timely access to mental health for children, adolescents, adults and families in a private, comfortable setting. Our focus is assessing the client’s needs and providing professional, quality care for individuals and families

Women Ob/Gyn

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Sheppard Pratt Health System 410-938-3000,

Annapolis, 410-224-2228

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Crofton Internal Medicine

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Linthicum, 410-684-3806

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interventions to accurately diagnose conditions impacting health, independence, safety, caregiving, learning and working productively for children and adults with sensory, cognitive, physical and emotional challenges. Call for a free phone consultation. At Annapolis Pediatrics we commonly care for several generations within one family and are proud of the outstanding level of continuity of care Annapolis Pediatrics provides.

Blossom Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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Davidsonville, 240-421-3154

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PEDIATRICIANS Annapolis Pediatrics Annapolis, Crofton, Edgewater, Kent Island, Severna Park 410-263-6363


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Bayside Pediatrics Annapolis, 410-224-7667

BelliAcres Pediatrics Davidsonville, 410-721-0800

Chesapeake Pediatrics

The Pediatric Group

Hanover, 410-782-3233

Oral Hygiene & Wellness General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry Sedation Dentistry Aesthetic Services

Stevensville, 410-643-1000

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Eastern Shore’s premier dental spa, specializing in:

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Anne Arundel Eye Center

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Crofton, Davidsonville, Severna Park, 410-721-2273 Committed to developing a compassionate and trusted relationship with you and your children. Open six days a week, with day and evening hours as well as same-day walk-in sick visits. Offering specialty care in ADD/ADHD and mental health management, lactation consultation and nutrition counseling. See our ad on page 16

Severna Park Doctors Severna Park, 410-647-8300

South River Pediatrics Edgewater, Dunkirk, Kent Island, 410-956-6302

PHYSICAL THERAPY Annapolis Family Physical Therapy Annapolis, 410-266-6626

Centreville, Edgewater, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Millersville, Stevensville

Doyle & Taylor Physical Therapy Annapolis, 410-295-0001

Budding Voices is a family centered pediatric speech-language therapy center and we work with children of all ages. Our special interests include ASD, apraxia, developmental delays, and articulation disorders. Our therapists have extensive knowledge, training, and experience. We use a team approach, with our clinical director being a part of every child’s treatment plan.


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Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Millersville Severna Park, 888-972-9700

American Radiology Services Waldorf, 410-298-0454


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URGENT CARE AFC Urgent Care Edgewater, 410-921-3835 AFC Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care center providing medical treatment for adults and children over 6 months. The center is open 7 days a week from 8am8pm Monday-Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary. Labs and x-ray services on site. Most insurances accepted. See our ad on page 27

Kinder Mender Walk-in Pediatric Center Columbia, Glen Burnie, Laurel 443-492-4000

from the cradle to college. We are staffed by pediatric emergency specialists, including pediatric emergency physicians and boardcertified pediatricians, who are specially trained in treating children in urgent care situations while minimizing pain and unnecessary tests. See our ad on page 6

Righttime Medical Care Annapolis, Arundel Mills, Pasadena, Waugh Chapel 888-808-6483, Offers urgent care for all ages, from newborns to seniors, 365 days a year at 20 Care Centers in Maryland. With labs, x-rays and expert evaluation and treatment for head injuries through its renowned HeadFirst Concussion Care, Righttime welcomes walk-in patients, same-day appointments and RighttimeNOW™ virtual visits. See our ad on page 18

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PM Pediatrics Annapolis, 410-266-6767 Specializes in treating patients

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Laurel, 301-498-8100 RSI-Rehabilitation Services, Inc. has provided Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy services since 1983. We offer 1:1 service for babies through geriatrics. Our team of over 15 clinicians allows us to deliver the best care for each client’s unique needs. We offer evening and Saturday appointments for the convenience of our clients.

Speech Matters


Bayside Physical Therapy

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Health Support Groups & Resources BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Lactation education and consultation in Arnold.

Anne Arundel Medical Center


443-481-5555, Breastfeeding basics class in Annapolis for a fee. Register online. Also offers breastfeeding support group.

2-1-1 Maryland

Back to Work/Breast Feeding Support Group

Anne Arundel County Crisis Warmline

443-481-6985, pdfs/support_groups.pdf Meets monthly at Big Vanilla in Pasadena; affiliated with AAMC.

Breastfeeding Works 410-533-5343 Certified lactation consultant leads support groups and provides instruction.

La Leche League of MD-DE-DC Groups meet in Annapolis, northern Anne Arundel County, Columbia and other areas.

Lactation Support Group at BWMC 410-595-1782, lactation-support-group Mothers share breastfeeding successes and challenges. Led by certified lactation consultant. Meets in Glen Burnie.

Family Birth Center at Calvert Memorial Hospital 410-414-4819, 410-414-5414, Lactation consultation, including telephone assistance, and breastfeeding support group.

Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center 410-626-8982, specialbeginnings. com/breastfeeding

211, Information and referrals for a variety of health and human service issues.

region. Also offers online crisis chat services Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m.

Parenting HelpLine 800-243-7337, programs/24-hour-helpline Confidential information, referral and support 24/7 for parents and caregivers to prevent child abuse. Staffed by The Family Tree and trained volunteers.

410-768-5522, aamentalhealth. org/pr_warmline.cfm A 24/7 number to reach resources for support and services for Anne Arundel County residents, through the county Mental Health Agency.

Prince George’s County Crisis Response Center

Calvert County Crisis Helpline

Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Hotline

410-535-1121, 301-855-1075 Teen Helpline: 410-257-2216 Crisis hotline available through the Calvert County Health Department Crisis Intervention Center.

Howard County Grassroots Crisis Intervention 410-531-6677, 410-531-6006 Open 24/7 for crisis services for adults and youth. Also helps operate the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to behavioral health crises in Howard County.

Howard County Domestic Violence Hotline

301-429-2185 Crisis services for those ages 4 and older who need a counselor in Prince George’s County.

410-222-7273, A 24/7 hotline for victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse with victim advocates and short-term professional counseling available. Operated by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline 410-222-6800 Number to call for a safe, secure connection to a trained advocate in Anne Arundel County.

410-997-2272, 800-752-0191 A 24-hour sexual, dating and domestic violence helpline.


Maryland Poison Center, events/pdfs/support_groups.pdf Support groups covering perinatal loss, postpartum depression, diabetes, Down syndrome, Lyme disease and other health concerns.

800-222-1222, Expert advice on treating and preventing poisonings and overdoses.

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline 800-422-0009, One number accesses a crisis center hotline 24/7 in any Maryland

Anne Arundel Medical Center Support Groups


Anne Arundel Medical Center free nurse advice line.

Baltimore-Washington Medical Center Support Groups Support groups for different health challenges including diabetes and stroke and mental health issues.

Dimensions Healthcare Support Groups calendar-of-events Laurel Regional Hospital’s free public support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Bipolar, Nar-Anon and Narcotics Anonymous. Prince George’s Hospital Center support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Preemie Support and Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse.

Isabel’s Gift 443-510-2673, 443-562-6303, Support for parents with babies in or just out of the NICU.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Support Groups classes_events/ongoing_support_ groups_hcgh.html Health care support groups, cosponsored by Howard County General Hospital, including substance abuse, Alzheimer’s caregivers, asthma, depression, loss of a baby and others.

Shore Regional Health Support Groups Various health support groups including cancer, diabetes and stroke.

800-MD-NURSE, 443-481-4000, • BIG BOOK OF HEALTH 2020 • 21

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS Looking for more health-related resources and services? Contact your local health department. • Anne Arundel County Health

Wellness House of Annapolis Support Groups 410-990-0941, Support groups for caregivers of those with cancer, survivors, and children with family members who have cancer.


Department: 410-222-7095

Chesapeake Life Center

• Calvert County Health Department: 410-535-5400 • Howard County Health Department: 866-313-6300

410-987-2129, 888-501-7077, Support groups and counseling for adults and children who have experienced loss, including infant loss, late-term pregnancy loss.

Calvert Hospice

• Prince George’s County Health Department: 301- 883-7879 • Queen Anne’s County Health Department: 410-758-0720

410-535-0892, Support programs for family members, including children, grieving the death of a loved one and care for those living with a serious, lifethreatening illness.

Gilchrist Hospice 443-849-8200, Grief support and counseling services in Central Maryland for families who have suffered a loss. Also offers perinatal and infant loss support services with Chesapeake Life Center in Baltimore and Howard counties.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

​Helping​children​find​their​voices Budding Voices is a family centered pediatric speechlanguage therapy center, specialized in working with children of all ages! Our mission is to provide individualized therapy to each client. We strive to include the whole family in our treatment approach.

Our special interests include • Developmental delays • ASD • Apraxia • Articulation disorders

Free initial consultation to all new families.

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410-987-2003, 877-462-1101, Support and guidance for families in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties coping with a life-limiting illness in a child or other family member and counseling for children grieving a loss.

University of Maryland Center for Infant and Child Loss 410-706-5062, Grief support, counseling, workshops and special events for families who have experienced infant and child loss.

PARENTING/FAMILY SUPPORT Changing Focus 410-721-0992, Professionally led groups for adults experiencing marital separation or divorce, death of a spouse or looking to build healthier relationships. Meets in Crofton and Columbia/ Ellicott City.

Family Support Centers 410-269-4478, 410-659-7701, State network of centers providing free, comprehensive services for parents and children birth to age 3, including health education and referral, peer support and parent education.

Kinship Care kinship-care State support and information for caregivers of grandchildren, siblings and others who are related but not a biological child.

National Family Resiliency Center 410-740-9553, Support for families going through changes such as marriage, separation, divorce or remarriage. Parenting seminars in Howard and Prince George’s counties, programs for co-parenting parents and to help children and teens. Other services available.

Parenting Helpline 800-243-7337, 410-889-2300, A toll-free hotline for resources and referrals from The Family Tree, which offers free parenting and family programs and services in Maryland to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

PFLAG of Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Support and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, their families, friends, and allies. Includes support groups for teens and friends/ family, events, legal and health resources.

PFLAG of Columbia/ Howard County 443-718-0474, General meetings, trans-parent support, play groups for trans and gender creative kids, and other gatherings for families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Systems of Care

Autism Society of America Baltimore-Chesapeake: 410-655-7933, Support group meetings and other social and educational events. Howard County: 410-290-3466, Online social network, phone resource and referral, parent education and support groups.

410-222-7423, 800-485-0041, index.cfm Connects children, youth and their families to appropriate community resources. A program of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland


800-233-4050 Anne Arundel County CHADD: Monthly meetings with speakers plus a social skills support group for middle school children. Greater Baltimore CHADD: Support groups for adults and parents in Baltimore and Howard counties; parent-to- parent training. Virtual CHADD: Support/Virtual-Chapter.aspx Online forum to share information.

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County: 410-626-7800; hotline 410-222-6800, Greater Baltimore: 888-978-5393, Programs, services and support to help empower women and eliminate racism.

SPECIAL NEEDS Anne Arundel County Asperger Support Group 410-647-9502, Monthly meetings in Severna Park and advocacy for children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

The Arc of Central Chesapeake 410-268-8085, Family and children’s services include Life Transition Series, educational advocacy and resource guides. Also applies for grants for funding for families.

Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County 410-326-5050, resource/autism-aspergers-association-calvert-county-aaacc Parent advocacy group to help families cope with the challenges of raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Educational meetings during the school year. Events, workshops, forums and meetings in St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties.

Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

Support groups throughout Anne Arundel County for family and friends of alcoholics.

Support and resources for parents and teens in Howard County to combat use of illegal substances.

Anne Arundel County Substance Abuse Treatment Referral 410-222-0117, Referrals available weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous

Families Anonymous Annapolis

Nar-Anon Family Groups

443-520-0268 Supports families and friends concerned about addictive behavior of those they are close to. All ages meet in different locations on different days to help each other stay clean.

410-709-8715, Support groups for family and friends of drug abusers meet in various locations and days throughout Maryland.

HC DrugFree 443-325-0040,

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Cisco Center 410-647-1503, Support groups, services and information for children and families with special needs.

The Parents’ Place of Maryland 410-768-9100, Workshops, links to resources and other special education and health information for parents of children with special needs.

Pathfinders for Autism 443-330-5341 Free programs and services plus resource referrals to help improve the lives of people with autism and their caregivers.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE Al-Anon/Alateen 410-766-1984, • BIG BOOK OF HEALTH 2020 • 23


Getting kids to the orthodontist early can set you up for successful smiles later.

By Jamie Lober


arents often receive mixed messages about the best time to seek orthodontic treatment for their child. Should you see an orthodontist when your child still has his baby teeth or wait until the permanent teeth have erupted? Should you wait until it’s obvious that your child has an issue or consult an orthodontist early, before problems are evident? The truth is there is not a universal age or time to start treatment because every child has a unique mouth that warrants an individualized treatment plan. The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that all kids be evaluated by age 7, at which time they should have reached several dental and

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skeletal growth milestones. “At age 7 the permanent teeth in the front and back start to erupt and we can get an idea if there will be a bite issue such as crowding, inadequate room for teeth to grow in, overbite issues or open bite issues where teeth do not come together in front,” says Dr. Steven Siegel at Orthodontists of Maryland. Other common issues include narrow jaws, oral habits like thumb or finger sucking, speech issues and sleep issues. Just because you bring your child to an orthodontist does not mean that he will require work. “Most parents just want to know that things are okay and we can give them peace of mind and self-assurance,” says Siegel. Some

kids come in every six months or once a year to have things monitored. “One of the most common orthodontist treatments done at an early age in children, perhaps 7 to 9 years of age, is palate expansion,” says Siegal, “which is when a child has too narrow a roof of the mouth or palate and it can result in significant problems such as cross-bites or dental crowding.” While it may seem like 7 is young to visit an orthodontist, most children don’t start treatment until they are several years older. But it’s good to have an idea of what issues your child might be facing, and monitor the situation over the next few years. There is no reason to feel anxious about orthodontic treatment. Malocclusions (imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed) are treated in a faster and easier manner than ever before due to the advances in braces. “We have metal or ceramic (clear) which are permanently fixed to the teeth for the treatment duration,” says Annapolis orthodontist Dr. Mairead O’Reilly. Metal braces are still the most common treatment of misaligned teeth due to consistency of treatment success and cost-effectiveness. Lingual braces, which adhere to the backsides of teeth, are also an option, though they are significantly more expensive than traditional braces. For older teenagers, and adults as well, Invisalign aligners have become increasingly popular because they are invisible and more comfortable to wear. “You can think of them as very thin plastic slip covers,” says Seigel, “a whole series is made and each one is designed to move the teeth a little bit.” Parents and kids are always welcome to schedule a consult where the orthodontist can look at the teeth and probably take a panoramic X-ray to see what is going on under the gums. Today’s X-ray machines give off significantly less radiation than the machines of the past, and are quite safe. You will usually leave the appointment with options to correct the problem and customized treatment goals to think about. It is important to consider the length of time required for treatment, frequency of visits as well as the cost. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea as well; it’s perfectly acceptable to compare costs and treatment options from other orthodontists in your area. Now that you know when to start your children’s orthodontics visits, what can you expect next? Well, that depends on a lot of factors. You could visit once or twice a year after an initial consult, or your child could need procedures done right away. If your child needs braces, you can factor in an average cost of $5,000–$6,000, though that average sways widely depending on the severity of your child’s planned treatment. Also varying widely will be the average time in an orthodontist’s care. A successful braces treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 36 months, with 24 months being the average, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. If you have dental insurance, your child’s treatments could be covered, though often braces are considered cosmetic and aren’t fully covered. It’s best to check with your

health and dental insurance providers first before making assumptions on coverage. It’s all costly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it! Most important, do not take matters into your own hands. A do-it-yourself orthodontics trend is on the rise. “Someone may go on YouTube and see or learn from others how to move their own teeth if they have a little space between their front teeth, and that can be very harmful,” says Siegel. There are companies offering home impression kits to make molds of your teeth and other accessories that people are using to treat themselves with little or no supervision, which is dangerous. “A number of things can go wrong when people try to treat themselves,” says Siegel. When you have a trustworthy orthodontist as a partner and advocate your child will be on the road to improved oral health, improved self-esteem and a picture perfect smile.

Anne Arundel County

Preschool & Childcare Fair

January 25th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Westfield Annapolis Mall

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8 simple tips to keep sickness from spreading in your house By Betsy Stein


here are many ways to keep germs from spreading in your house when someone is sick, but nothing works better than everyone washing hands properly. “It’s the magic key,” says Charlotte Wallace, a community health nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center. “Everyone can take a breath. Hand-washing is enough. You just have to do it, and do it properly.”


Wash your hands.

Invariably, when someone in the family is sick, parents want to know where to focus their attention to combat germs and stop them from spreading. Here are some tips from Charlotte Wallace; Barbara O’Connor, infection control manager at Howard County General Hospital; and Mary Wallace, director of infection prevention at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.


According to Charlotte Wallace, all you need is soap, water and friction to get germs off hands. Make sure to wash for at least 15 to 20 seconds, O’Connor adds, and don’t worry about antibacterial soap.


Cough in your elbow.

Don't touch your face. If you have germs on your hands, there is no way they can get into your system unless you put your finger in your nose, mouth or eyes, the nurses agree. “Touching your eyes is a good way to catch a respiratory illness,” O’Connor says. Teach kids to keep their hands away from their face.


“If Mom or Dad is sick, think about wearing a mask,” Mary Wallace adds.

Follow cleaning product instructions. “The most important thing is to use cleaners as directed,” O’Connor says. “It’s not so much what you use, but how you use it.” Some cleaners need to be left on a surface for a specific amount of time to be effective, she points out.


Focus on high-touch areas.


This means “anything that multiple hands come in contact with,” Mary Wallace says. Clean doorknobs, toilet and sink handles, light switches, counters, remotes, key boards, phones, toys, towels and counters.


Don't share.

No one should be sharing towels, washcloths, cups, dishes or even toys. Sick and well children should be separated.

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Replace individual items.

Move toothbrushes away from the toilet, and replace them every six months and/ or boil them, the nurses say. Put toys in the dishwasher if it’s safe to do so.


Stay home.

Sick children or adults should stay home to limit the spread of germs. • BIG BOOK OF HEALTH 2019 • 26

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