North County Water & Sports Therapy February 2019


For a parent of a child with allergies, every day can feel like a battle with food labels and ingredients lists — and Valentine’s Day only exacerbates this fear. Avoid the danger of an allergic reaction on Valentine’s Day by creating alternative, candy-free valentines that the whole class will enjoy!

toys that kids will love that won’t break your bank. Think bouncy balls, mini skateboards, Army men, yo-yos, puzzles, rubber ducks, hand-held games, markers, or bubbles. Adorn these little gifts with yarn, ribbons, or personalized tags, and slap on cute sayings to make them fit for the holiday. Finish off the masterpiece by having your kiddo sign their name on each valentine, and you’ve got a kid-approved Valentine’s Day favorite. FANCY UP SOME FRUIT If you’re worried about food allergies but still want to make a yummy treat, ask your child’s teacher for a list of students’ allergies, then just work around them. Fruits are usually a safe bet, but it’s best to double check. You could skewer strawberries and heart-shaped pieces of watermelon onto kabob sticks for a sweet and fun snack, or pass out goody bags with apples, bananas, and clementines. Offering a group snack that is allergy-friendly will keep your children and their friends safe and healthy, and it can also help children with allergies feel included in the festivities. As with all Valentine’s Day gifts, keep in mind that it’s not the item or money spent that means the most. It’s the thought behind each gift that makes receiving valentines the sweetest part.

GET CREATIVE This valentine idea taps into your kids’ desire to create by using commonly found household items. Have your children draw pictures, create cards, mold tiny sculptures, or braid together friendship bracelets to create one-of-a-kind gifts that will be safe for their classmates to enjoy. Kids can put their own effort into gift-giving, and their valentines will have a personal touch candy cannot replicate. THINK LIKE A KID If you’re looking for a creative valentine that will be safe for all your child’s friends to play with, check no further than the toy aisle of your local dollar store. While being mindful of latex allergies, you can purchase little


There is no greater compliment we can receive than one that comes from a patient. Every aspect of our practice prioritizes patient care above all, so praise from the people we serve means the world to us. One of our recent patients, Elaine Chang, was kind enough to relay her experiences working with Dr. Leslie Montague. Here is Elaine’s story. I feel so privileged to have had Jackie and Leslie as my physical therapists over the last year. This was my second knee surgery, and about six months into my recovery program, I hit a plateau in progress, coming against some stubborn tendon pain that prevented me from building the muscles I needed to get my knee functioning properly. It was getting in the way of my job, and not being able to move past it was discouraging. But Leslie never gave up. She took the time and care to go out of her way to research different exercises and ways to build my strength and heal up my tendons so I could continue to progress. Both Jackie and Leslie were so helpful and immensely supportive during my journey. Britani and Bettina at the front desk are so friendly and warm and helpful, and it was always fun to see other therapists jump in on our conversations to make our hour of exercise even more enjoyable. I really felt cared for here, and there’s nothing more I could have asked for from my therapists.

10/10 would recommend North County Water and Sports Therapy, and

though I hope to never need physical therapy again, should I find the need, I won’t hesitate to come back here as a patient again. Thank you for everything, North County Water and Sports Therapy team! We’re honored to be able to treat patients like Elaine Chang. Thank you, Elaine, for your kind words; and thank you, Dr. Montague and everyone else on staff, for all of your hard work. 2

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