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bedroom windows. You can buy them online or at hardware stores. Also, try to keep furniture away from windows to discourage kids from climbing near windows. • Make helmets a priority. Many kids practically live on their bikes during the summer. Before yours hop on theirs, make sure they’re wearing a helmet. (The same advice applies to you.) Helmets help reduce the risk of head injury—such as concussion and other traumatic brain injuries—and of death from bicycle crashes. Helmets are also a good idea when riding a horse or skateboard, batting or running bases in baseball or softball, or using inline skates. Sally Newbrough, MD
Asthma/Allergy PeaceHealth Medical Group-Whatcom 4545 Cordata Parkway, Suite 1C Bellingham, WA 98226 360-738-2200 Sally Newbrough, MD is a board-certified internal medicine doctor specializing in allergy and immunology. She earned her MD at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed her internship and residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, and her allergy/immunology fellowship at University of Washington School of Medicine. Q: My daughter sometimes gets dizzy and says she sees stars. What is causing this and what can I do to help? A: When no other symptoms are present, dizziness and seeing stars are often signs of a migraine headache. Parents tend to associate most of their children’s headaches with a cold or flu, but studies indicate that migraines and tension headaches are quite common in children and adolescents. Other symptoms of migraines include throbbing pain in the head; stomachaches; nausea; and sensitivity to light, noise, and smells. If you suspect that your child is having a migraine, help ease the pain by having her rest quietly in a dark room and relax. Often children with migraines will feel better with rest and sleep. Seek immediate medical care if your child has headaches after a recent fall or blow to the head or if your child can’t keep food or liquids down. If you child’s headaches last longer than one or two days, wake her from sleep, or get worse, consider having your child evaluated by a specialist if the symptoms continue.
Seema J. Afridi, MD
Pediatric Neurology PeaceHealth Medical Group-Whatcom 710 Birchwood Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225 360-788-6870 Seema J. Afridi, MD is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in pediatric neurology. She received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University, her pediatric internship and residency at University of Washington, and her neurology residency at University of Washington.
Lynden Tribune & Ferndale Record • Health Care Guide - June 2014