Welcome!

Here at Next Step Pediatrics we are taking the coronavirus seriously and are doing our part to mitigate the spread of this disease.  During this crisis, we feel that it is not appropriate to shut down our offices when people need us the most.

Currently, there is limited guidance on what to do in the primary care setting. For this reason, we have developed a plan to help slow the spread of the virus and help our local hospitals not get overwhelmed.

Our plan is to increase social distancing. With that in mind, we have implemented a telemedicine service. When you call the office you will have the option to choose a telemedicine or an in-office appointment. If you choose telemedicine, you will be given a timeframe in which your call will be returned.

If your child is in need of an additional exam or testing, we are minimizing the exposure in the office. We are altering our scheduling and have increased our staffing to allow us to bring patients back to a private exam room, minimizing time in the waiting room.

We are also limiting the number of patients in the waiting room to maintain 6 foot spacing between families.  We ask that when you come to the office, limit the number of parents/guardians to 1 and please do not bring other children.  Preferably this parent/guardian is not elderly and due to limited supply, a mask will only be provided to staff and patients with cough, congestion, and/or breathing difficulty. 

We have found evidence that shows children contract the virus but do not get the same severity of illness as the elderly. The people that truly get sick are in their 60s or older and typically will have underlying heart illness, diabetes, or lung illness. This is great news for our young families who are worried about their children.  Of course, we need to worry about our children but are much more worried that the children are spreading this illness to their grandparents. We would suggest that during this time, refrain from visiting your grandparents, or wear a mask and practice frequent hand washing while visiting. Also, when making backup childcare plans, when possible, consider someone other than an elderly individual.

If you have had recent travel within the past 14 days and/or have had known exposure to COVID 19 and you have become sick, do not come to the office. We advise that you be seen at an emergency facility where they are better equipped to diagnose and treat this illness.

We only suggest testing for COVID 19 if there are symptoms of congestion, shortness of breath, and fever, with a negative flu test. Unfortunately we will not be able to perform the testing in our offices.

Next Step Pediatrics feels the COVID 19 virus must be taken seriously. If you are concerned that your child may have COVID 19, please consider testing through a drive-through testing center or your local Emergency Room. If one of our providers feels that testing is warranted, they will refer to an appropriate testing facility.
 

 

Here at Next Step Pediatrics we are committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID 19, we are altering our process for seeing same day sick patients. We are implementing telemedicine and will have this technology available in the coming days.

In the meantime, our providers will be robustly reaching out to our patients by phone and assessing treatment options and next steps accordingly.

We ask our wonderful patients and families to be mindful of social distancing and opt for a phone conversation with a provider, where appropriate.

 

 

 

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan or been on a Cruise Ship within the past 14 days, please call us before coming to a Next Step Pediatrics location.  We are monitoring this virus through the CDC, World Health Organization, and the Maryland Department of Health and are taking extra steps to protect our patients and visitors from the coronavirus, a flu-like illness that originated in Wuhan, China.

 

 

PRACTICE NEWS

 

Here is an interesting article from HealthyChildren.org on the Coronavirus.  We encourage you to read the article to be the best armed parents against coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable critters.  There are helpful links to keep up-to-date with the CDC as well as some great germ prevention strategies.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

 

Two prominent flu strains are hitting kids and the young particularly hard this season according to NBC News and the CDC.

So come get your flu shot today!  Next Step Pediatrics offers $35 flu shots to parents and guardians!  Call and schedule your appointment today!

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/cold-and-flu/season-s-2-prominent-flu-strains-hitting-kids-young-particularly-n1113446

 

NEW OFFICE HOURS

Our new office hours will begin on Monday, January 6, 2020

Office Hours Towson Office
Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Sunday: Closed
Hereford Office
Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM 
Friday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: One Saturday a Month
Sunday:

Closed

Did you know?! Next Step Pediatrics hosts a CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Support Group!  

Second Wednesday of every month (except June, July, & August)

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Osler Professional Center

7600 Osler Drive

Suite 311

Towson, MD. 21204

 

Parents and caregivers of children with ADD or ADHD — come and share your concerns, frustrations and issues in raising a child with ADHD.  Get the encouragement, support, ideas, and solutions you need to address your day-to-day challenges!   

Parking is free.

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