Is Melatonin Safe for Children?

Some research suggests that melatonin can help treat children with sleeping difficulties. However, it is best to try lifestyle changes or speak to a doctor before giving melatonin to a child. Sleep plays an essential role in overall health and well-being. Sleep is... read more

Flu Vaccine

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. We administer the influenza vaccine to our patients in the fall and winter, with the goal of giving protection before the illness hits the area. Each year, thousands of Americans get sick with the... read more

Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem of school-aged children. It doesn’t matter how clean, dirty, rich or poor you are. Even though head lice may be a nuisance, they do not cause serious illness or carry disease. This problem can be treated at home, however, you may want to... read more


Playing sports carries some risk of injury. Parents and coaches need to be made aware if your child has hit their head or is having symptoms of a head injury, even if it means stopping play. Athletes with suspected concussions should not return to play until they see... read more


Ticks are out and active this time of year and they are more likely to bite people who spend time in tall grass near bushes or under trees. Some ticks may carry the organisms that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease. Fortunately, Lyme disease is not... read more

Summer Sun Exposure

Now that warmer weather is here, we’d like to remind all parents about the risks of too much sun. The highest risk of overexposure to the sun is from about 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Use hats, light clothing, staying in the shade and especially sunscreen as methods to... read more

Poor Eating Habits

Did you know that poor eating habits in childhood can lead to heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and other health problems later in life? Parents can improve their children’s diets by serving them skim milk instead of whole milk after age 1. Sweetened beverages... read more

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Respiratory viruses occur frequently during the winter season. One virus that affects adults and children but can cause complications for babies under one year of age is respiratory syncytial virus or RSV. In adults and older children, this virus usually causes a... read more

TV Watching

Supervise what your child watches on television. Many adult themes found on shows throughout the day are inappropriate for viewing by children. Set limits on the amount of TV watching time. Encourage more reading time or time spent playing outside. Time spent reading... read more


Rotavirus season is here. This virus causes a moderate to severe amount of diarrhea and vomiting. Many infants and toddlers who contract Rotavirus become dehydrated and need medical attention. Fortunately, a vaccine, which is not a shot, but given by mouth, is now... read more

When You Cannot Keep an Appointment

When you are unable to keep an appointment with us, we request that you call us beforehand to reschedule. By doing so, you enable us to call patients on our waiting list to be seen. Thank you for this courtesy. It will help others. This process may also allow your... read more

Safe Disposal of Your Unwanted Medications

Now there are 4 locations in Allegany County to safely dispose of medications that are unwanted, unused, or expired. Look for the big GREEN BOX at one of the following enforcement agencies: Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, 708 Furnace Street, Cumberland, Monday to... read more

Insect Repellants

Insect repellants are useful this time or year. The active ingredient in most repellants is DEET. Other products may contain picaridin or lemon eucalyptus, which also are effective.   However, do not use products with more than 10% DEET on children. Always check... read more

Back to School

BacktoSchool] They’re tuning up the school busses and sharpening the pencils – that’s right, back-to-school time is here! To make the return to school as healthy as possible, be sure your child is up-to-date on all immunizations. Also, make sure your emergency... read more

CMG Recognized Again as a Patient-Centered Medical Home

In June 2012, Children’s Medical Group earned the honor of being recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance ( ) . In August 2015, we earned that recognition again. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a... read more

New Patient Portal Is Up and Running

Our new and improved patient portal, called Follow My Health, is now available. This free service allows you to view, download, and print information from your child’s health record, send us non-urgent messages, and do much more. Register now by clicking on the yellow... read more

School Forms Available

For your convenience, we have included links to the most common forms you may need for your child. You may print these and complete your part of the form prior to your visit to our office. Please click here to view the forms. read more