Welcome!

 

Hello Next Step families!

We hope that this message finds you in good health during this very trying time.

We wanted to share with you the changes we have made to our physical space and protocol in order to optimize the safety of our families and staff.  Our goal is to continue essential pediatric care, such as newborn and well visits, in a safe and healthy environment.

We are only scheduling well visits in office.  If you feel that your child may be sick at the time of their well visit we ask that you reschedule.  We also ask that only one parent and one patient be present during your well visit.

All Sick Visits will be conducted through telemedicine. In the video visit we can do exams, offer advice and prescribe medications.  If needed, we can organize a time for your child to come into the office for a more thorough exam in a safe and timely manner.  Please call us before leaving home with any illness so we can guide you on your safest and best plan of action.

We recognize that COVID-19 can spread even though the carrier shows no symptoms. For this reason we are requiring a mask be worn by our staff as well as our patients.  We have also implemented a more vigorous cleaning policy which includes spraying disinfectant on all surfaces, including furniture, at the end of each shift.

We hope that the measures described above will help you feel more comfortable bringing your child to the office for their routine Well Visits.  We are highly discouraging visits to an urgent care or emergency room unless absolutely necessary. This will reduce your potential exposure and reduce the burden to these facilities.

Of note here at Next Step Pediatrics, we still feel it is very important to vaccinate children during this time. We have seen disturbing numbers from the American Academy of Pediatrics showing a large drop in the rate of vaccination. This is understandable with the expectation of social distancing and self-quarantine.  Our concern is potentially opening up the door to a second infectious disease problem because of not vaccinating appropriately.

When available we are also offering coronavirus testing. Currently this test is sent to a lab and generally has a 3 to 4 day turnaround time. All testing will be done at designated times and the swabs are performed while the patient is in their car.

Lastly, we have been seeing an increase in the rates of anxiety and depression as well as behavioral concerns. We would like to make ourselves available if any of these issues arise.

If you have any concerns please call the office so we could arrange your visit in a way that would address your concerns.

We hope you and your families stay safe and healthy during this crisis. Let us know if we can be of any assistance.

 

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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