Pediatricians specialize in preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They manage the physical, mental and emotional well-being for patients from birth through age 19. At University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Pediatrics, our providers offer a full range of pediatric care, including:
- Routine checkups
- Screening tests
- Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses
- Disease prevention
- Health counseling
- Patient education
UM CMG — Pediatrics always has same-day appointment space available for sick patients, and a pediatrician will make time for you if they feel they should see your baby. If it is after hours, call the after-hours line and the pediatrician on call will get back to you shortly.
What to do if Your Baby is Sick
While your first instinct may be to take your baby to an urgent care center or emergency room (ER) when they are sick, our pediatricians encourage parents to call them first, because many times there is nothing an emergency department can do to help. Often, ERs and urgent care centers don't have a pediatrician on staff, and you don't want to expose your baby to unnecessary germs if you don't have to. You also want to avoid as much radiation as possible and limit the number of traumatic situations (blood draws). That being said, ER intervention is suggested in these instances:
- If your baby is unresponsive, call 911.
- If your baby is in distress or can't breathe, call 911.
- If your baby has signs of dehydration (hasn't urinated in 8 hours), call your pediatrician first, but they may send you to the ER. In all other instances, it makes the most sense to call the pediatrician or the nurse triage line first.
Breastfeeding Support Group
The Birthing Center at UM Shore Regional Health holds a Breastfeeding Support Group the first and third Tuesday each month, from 10-11:30 am. For more information, call 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200. To view the schedule and to see any date changes, visit the Birthing Center at UM Shore Regional Health.