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New Crib Safety Standards | Nuevas reglas para cunas

You can no longer sell or give away a traditional drop-side rail crib in Maryland or in the rest of the country. Drop-side cribs are supposedly one of the most popular crib designs but in case you are like me and not sure what qualifies as a “drop-side” crib: typically, they have a side rail that can be raised and lowered for easier access to the child. Drop-side cribs have caused more than 30 deaths since…


Added by Cristina Benitez on July 12, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Ask Dr Giambo, Blog #3: Lead Poisoning 101

Lead can be found in a variety of sources in the home and can cause poisoning when it enters the body either from breathing in lead particles or ingesting them through eating or drinking. Lead poisoning is a serious medical problem. However, steps can be made to reduce the risk that lead poses to your child.…


Added by Cristina Benitez on July 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Guest Pediatric blogger: Meet Dr. Giambo! :)


I am a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Hospital. I have just started my third and final year of pediatrics training. 

I am excited to being a guest blogger this month! I will be posting blogs…


Added by Cristina Benitez on July 10, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Family Support Bilingual Newsletter Summer 2011 | Boletín del verano

Dear Families, Staff, and Community Partners:

We are very excited to share with you the Summer 2011 issue of the bilingual MCITP Family Support Network Newsletter. This quarter's newsletter focuses on grants for families and includes a list of grants for children with special…


Added by Cristina Benitez on July 3, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Ask Dr. Cantor, Blog #2: Asthma

Asthma is the leading cause of ER visits and hospitalizations in children, so let's talk about it. I will start the conversation with a few basic concepts and we can take it from there...…


Added by Cristina Benitez on June 2, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Georgetown study (6-30 month olds) on how children learn

Dear Families:


Below is information about a study at Georgetown University for infants and toddlers.  A fellow MCITP parent has participated.   Tracie, mom of Trajan (18 mos) says "If you have any questions, please…


Added by Cristina Benitez on June 1, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ask Dr. Cantor, Blog #1: Summer Safety

Happy Summer! This is such a fun time of year. It is filled with sunny days, good friends, and plenty of outdoor play. However, there are risks associated with summer activities that we need to keep in mind. Two of the biggest risks for our age group are sunburns and drowning. I want to talk about both before the peak summer months begin... …


Added by Cristina Benitez on May 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Guest Pediatric blogger: Meet Dr. Cantor! :)


Exciting news! This summer we will have volunteer pediatric residents who will be contributing blogs on various medical and health topics for families. We hope you will take advantage and ask questions! :)



Added by Cristina Benitez on May 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Summer Camp Resource List 2011

updated 6/01/11: New camp added: Holistic & Community Services Special Needs Camp for 3-7. In bold blue).


Ah, summer. Longer days of sunshine are still not here yet, but we can begin planning for them. Here is a summer camp resource list to help you get started with finding care and fun to fill your child's summer days. Be sure to call each of…


Added by Cristina Benitez on February 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Local "Sand Park": Sandcastles minus the beach drive

My children love playing with sand. They enjoy filling up pails just to dump up the sand and start over again. I thought about getting them a sandbox. Then I snapped back to reality. I don’t have the time to keep it clean, and deal with the sand being tracked back indoors. And driving at least three hours to a beach regularly… well, let me just smile at that…


Added by Cristina Benitez on February 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Have you seen the new ads? ¿Has visto los nuevos anuncios?

Have you seen the new ads? A new campaign using comical labels is intended to encourage employers to ignore labels when hiring people with disabilities. The ads are being financed largely by agencies in 30 states that provide employment services as well as health and human services to their citizens who are disabled. What do you think of the ads?

The ads were featured in an…


Added by Cristina Benitez on February 8, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

The Fall 2009 Newsletter is now available! El boletín ya esta disponible!

The Fall 2009 Family Support Network Newsletter is now bilingual! Click here to download it. This edition introduces our 5th service site, new bilingual website, includes information on upcoming opportunities for involvement, MSDE survey information, financial resources for families, a list of local "Kids Eat Free" promotions, and more! Check it out!

El boletín de La… Continue

Added by Cristina Benitez on August 20, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Study Examines Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

AP – .By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, Ap Medical Writer –

CHICAGO – Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain.

The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan… Continue

Added by Cristina Benitez on July 20, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

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