Lorton Location: 9010 Lorton Station Boulevard Suite 100 Lorton, Virginia 22079 (703) 436-1200 Open SATURDAY, SUNDAY, and EVENINGS by appointment only. Lakeridge Location: 1990 Old Bridge Road Suite 101 Woodbridge, Virginia 22192 (703) 491-4131
"You can always give something, even if it is only kindness."
If you have a sick child after the Thanksgiving holiday, we've got you covered! We reserve appointment slots each day for children who need to be seen for acute illness or injury. You may schedule an appointment ONLINE by using our sick widget (link below) or you may call when the office opens tomorrow at 7am. Sometimes parents are not sure if their child needs to be seen, and our Triage nurses can help you decide. We always want you to call us first before rushing to an urgent care center except in a true medical emergency.
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Are sleep regressions real? Kind of. What should parents do about them? Read on. . .
An oldie but a goodie! Wonderful gift ideas for children.
huffpost.com Gifts are good things! But, too much of anything isn't good. A great way to combat is excess is to shift to gifts that aren't toys.
Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children and can lead to serious health conditions like pneumonia or bacterial infections. Each year many children are hospitalized and some die from the flu. It's not too late to receive the flu vaccine.
It's Black Friday! Our offices are open from 8am to 12pm today for SICK VISITS ONLY. Please call early if your child needs to be seen. Phones turn on at 7am!
We are thankful for you! Warm Thanksgiving wishes from the ALL Pediatrics family to yours! In celebration of the holiday, our offices are closed today. You may reach our after hours nurse line by calling 703 436 1200, press option 2.
It’s a rough RSV year. More than several patient families have made brave, selfless decisions to stay home with sick or recovering little ones so as not to expose other family members, especially other babies, to it and other cold viruses. Remember your insignificant cold might be caused by a virus that is not so insignificant if caught be a young child. Please don’t kiss the babies.
Can you imagine entering the holiday season without a family? Unfortunately, over 125,000 children in the United States know that feeling all too well. November is set aside to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children in foster care.
The most important thing isn’t really what kind of book you read to your child, it’s that you read to your child. Whether it’s print or electronic, here are some ways to engage your child and get the most out of the experience:
health.harvard.edu When reading to a young child, does it matter whether the book is a physical book or in some electronic form? One small study did detect a difference.
"The importance of sleep to children’s development, health and well-being cannot be underestimated, and healthy sleep habits that help families across all cultures to support and encourage optimal sleep duration and timing are critical to achieving these goals.”
thriveglobal.com Tips from World Sleep Society
What a wonderful tradition!
abcnews.go.com "Traditions that carry on to the next generation are so irreplaceable.”
Emphasizing gratitude is a good thing for children’s mental health as well as a good way to prepare them for being good citizens throughout their lives.
riseandshine.childrensnational.org IIt’s almost Thanksgiving, which makes it a good time to think about talking to and teaching children about gratitude.
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
Wednesday, November 27th
Thursday, November 28th
Thanksgiving Day--All Offices Closed
Friday, November 29th
All Offices Open until 12pm ONLY
When our offices are closed, you may still reach our nurse service by calling 703 436 1200, press option 2.
Traveling for the holidays? Check out The Car Seat Lady’s definitive guide for travel toys, books & games. This pediatrician-curated guide is designed to provide an alternative to screens as you hop in the car or on a plane (or just stay home), and is tailored specifically to each age group. Plus, most toys are less than $20 - an affordable way to create fun, educational opportunities for your child while traveling.
Check out the guide here, and let us know in a COMMENT which toys you pick out! SHARE with a friend who's gonna be shopping for toys this holiday season - they'll thank you!
So, if your child is having problems with attention, focus, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or some combination of those, and is at least 4 years old, your first step should be an appointment with your child’s primary care doctor.
health.harvard.edu Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 7% to 8% of children in the US. If you think your child may have ADHD, see your pediatrician, who can take the correct steps toward diagnosis and, if needed, proper treatment and a follow-up plan.
Great advice if you're flying with your children over the holidays!
kidshealth.org That weird ear-popping sensation is a normal part of air travel. Here's how to help equalize the air pressure in your child's ears to prevent or decrease ear pain.
"Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green."
cdc.gov Learn when antibiotics are needed and when they are not.
“We know that in and of itself it can lead to ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. It remains in the developing world a leading cause of death among children. This makes it clear that measles has detrimental effects beyond measles itself. If we wanted, if we needed even more reason to protect our children with measles vaccine, here’s some more information you ought to think about.”
nytimes.com New research shows the virus can have devastating effects on the immune system that persist much longer than the illness itself.
"Try to maintain as much normalcy as possible with home life and extracurricular activities. When changes do need to be made, create new routines and try to stick to them."
childmind.org How to support children during a divorce, from how to listen to their feelings to how to respond to anxiety, disruptive behavior and more.
“This is an evil I haven’t faced before.”
nytimes.com The surgery on the 17-year-old was the first transplant reported in the recent nationwide outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries.
If you're thinking about Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for infants or young children, the AAP has great guidance: "The more we know about early brain development, the more we understand the need for play that is based on human interaction," Dr. Healey said. "There is no screen, video game or app that can replace the relationships built over toys."
aap.org AAP policy statement on selecting toys in the digital age.
What’s the best way to dress a baby according to the temperature?
What’s the best way to dress a baby according to the temperature?
Keep it simple:
1) Get yourself comfortable.
2) Add one extra layer to baby.
3) Don’t worry about the hat while inside.
Done and done.
Over-dressing can be just as dangerous as under-dressing.
Fairfax Neonatal Associates, P.C.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and we know that everyone is looking forward to enjoying a holiday meal with their family and friends. But, for parents of children with food allergies, this time of year can bring uncertainty and unease. Help keep your little ones safe this holiday season with the following food allergy tips!
lovewhatmatters.com "My family doesn’t look like most. I am a white mama to three beautiful, brown children. And although most of the time we don’t notice, others around us do. The thing is, although my daughter laughs just like me and my youngest son crinkles his nose when he smiles, just like I do, my family port...
Feeding through the Ages, Part II from our very own Dr. Farber! This is a great read for parents of newborns through 12 months.
allpeds.com Part one – newborns I will start the discussion with infants. Breast feeding is clearly best for numerous reasons, and we are strong advocates. That having been said, if breast feeding is not for you, for whatever reason, in America today you will not be harming your child if you use formula. ...
Seizure First Aid
ALL Pediatrics is proud to announce that we have reached a contract agreement with Tricare. We are now an in-network provider for pediatrics. We look forward to working with Humana Tricare to serve military families.
Great advice from Dr. Christina Johns
HOUSE FIRE EVACUATION PREP
As the weather turns colder there are more house fires due to electrical malfunctions, fires left unattended, & more.
Take the time now to establish an evacuation plan for everyone in the house:
1. Do a walk through of every room to identify all doors and windows that are potential exits and be sure that every capable person can open them.
2. Use window ladders for second story windows.
3. In an apartment building, the stairs should be used in the event of a fire.
4. Sleep with doors closed to slow the spread of a fire.
5. Stay low to the ground during an evacuation.
6. Designate an outside meeting place (like the mailbox, street light) for everyone to meet & be accounted for.
7. Never go back into a burning building.
8. And of course, check to make sure that you have a smoke detector/alarm and that it is working correctly.
We honor and remember all those who serve our nation.
Thank you to all who have served and to all who are currently serving.❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸
"This is the first study to document associations between higher screen use and lower measures of brain structure and skills in preschool-aged kids."
cnn.com A new study found the brains of 3- to 5-year-old children who overused screens were not as developed in areas needed for language, writing and cognitive skills.
When it comes to sugar substitutes, parents have a lot of questions―especially as more low-calorie food and drinks come on the market.
healthychildren.org The number of foods and beverages made with nonnutritive (no- or low-calorie) sweeteners has quadrupled in recent years. In addition to all the diet soda and zero calorie products, nonnutritive sweeteners are also used in a wide variety of reduced sugar or no-sugar-added school lunchbox favorite...
Traveling with the family is a gift that keeps giving, returning huge dividends.
kidstraveldoc.com To write this article, I went to Google (where else?) and typed in “Benefits of family travel.” Within .57 seconds I had a whopping 680,000,000 results. (Full disclosure: not surprisingly, I did not read all the results!) I did scan well over a hundred and read several dozen. Some entries were f...
Play a game!
npr.org We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "six C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.
[11/07/19] See important information in the comments from The Car Seat Lady!
Food for thought.
nytimes.com A new book on children’s food offers suggestions on how to encourage healthful eating.
We think all of our physicians are top doctors however Washingtonian Magazine recently recognized Dr. Michael Caplan and Dr. Debbie Peng as top pediatricians in NoVA! We are proud of the amazing care that our award-winning team of physicians and nurse practitioners provides. To schedule an appointment, please call 703 436 1200.
Successful peer interactions require a variety of skills and special ways of interacting.
healthychildren.org For some middle-years children, social situations and interactions can be terrifying. Parents can help children overcome shyness and develop successful peer interactions.
Kids aren’t going to complete their chores correctly or completely the first time. But with patience, encouragement, and practice, they can begin contributing to daily household operations and gain independence and a sense of accomplishment and self-worth — benefits that will last a lifetime.
thepediablog.com Jump Start by Robb Armstrong (GoComics.com) Parents who want to raise their children to become self-sufficient, productive, and responsible grownups can help immensely by assigning them regu…
It's a beautiful day to go outside and play!!!
kidstraveldoc.com Hey, parents! It is time to pry your kids away from their TVs, video games, computers and smart phones – forcefully, if necessary. Ignore their yelling and sarcasm. Then kick them out the front door – literally, if need be. If older kids threaten to report you to child welfare, call their bluff:...
This is a fun way to teach children about being thankful.
[11/01/19] We're celebrating the Nats today by wearing red!⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️
We hope you all had a fun day!!
If your child take Ranitidine, please call our office during normal business hours. Your child is not in immediate danger; your physician will be able to determine what the best course of action is.
fda.gov Lannett Company, Inc. today announced that it is voluntarily recalling all lots within expiry of Ranitidine Syrup
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