Van Dorn Pediatrics, PC

At Van Dorn Pediatrics we are committed to providing state of the art medical care in a friendly, compassionate atmosphere.

Van Dorn Pediatrics has been serving the Alexandria community since 2004. Our staff are friendly, helpful, and experienced in taking care of your child. At Van Dorn Pediatrics, we have two doctors on staff, which means you will have a personal relationship without the inconvenience of a huge practice. We speak Spanish and Arabic. We are an active member of Reach Out and Read, promoting early childhood literacy by providing books to families at every well child visit between 6 months to 5 years. Van Dorn Pediatrics was recognized in the first half of 2009 for its Exceptional Immunization Rate by Virginia Vaccines for Children. Please check out our website for more information.

What are the benefits of flu vaccination? | CDC

The CDC recommends that everyone above the age of 6 months old receives the flu shot! Please read the attached article to learn more about the benefits of flu vaccination.

Call to schedule your flu shot today (703)-933-0555 Everything you need to know about the flu illness, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Seasonal Allergies in Children Childhood allergies can strike in any season and at any time. Here are some things parents should know about decreasing allergies — especially for children with asthma.

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DC welcomes Spring

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Teething Necklaces and Beads: A Caution for Parents

Not all teething toys are safe for children! Please read the attached article about possible dangers of teething jewelry and alternative ways to ease teething pain for your little ones! ​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend that infants wear any jewelry. Suffocation is the leading cause of death for children under a year old and among the top five causes of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

[01/22/19]   Our phone lines are currently not in service. We are working with the phone company to restore service as soon as possible. We thank you all for your patience at this time. Please email our office ([email protected]) with any urgent questions or concerns!

Children and Colds

With winter around the corner, we are seeing many children with cold symptoms! In the first 2 years of life, children can have between 8-10 colds per year. The good news is, most colds go away by themselves! The attached article gives some insight into symptoms of a cold and when you should give us a call. Please don't hesitate to contact our office with any questions! In the first two years of life alone, most children have eight to ten colds. Most colds go away by themselves and do not lead to anything worse.

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Another year, another flu season!
We are recommending and offering the flu vaccine to all of our patients. If your child is 6 months or older, you may call the office to make an appointment at your earliest convenience.

We are excited to share with you that Van Dorn Pediatrics is now offering Telemedicine as a new service! Telemedicine allows healthcare providers to conduct specific health visits via video consult as an alternative to in person visits. It can benefit patients and their families by taking less time away from travel and work with the convenience of talking to one of our providers from the comfort of your own home. Please feel free to contact our office for any questions or more details about this service!

Seasonal Allergies (Hay Fever)

Seasonal allergies are very common in children of all ages. With the recent warmer weather, we are also seeing an increase in pollen levels! The best way to avoid seasonal allergies is reducing or eliminating exposures to allergens that bother children. More information on signs and symptoms can be read in the attached article! If there are ever any questions about over the counter allergy medications, please contact our office. At various times of the year, pollen and mold spores trigger the cold-like symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Most kids find relief through reduced exposure to allergens or with medicines.

Flu season is almost over but we are still recommending the flu vaccine if your child has not already received one this season. Is it safe to give the flu vaccine now and again in August of this year? The answer to this is in the attached article!

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Family Friendly Flying

Spring break is approaching and we know many families will be traveling! There are many tips for family friendly flying to help ease any challenges there may be when flying with your child. Please see the attached link for more guidance. A large number of parents find themselves faced with the challenges of airplane travel with a baby. With a little knowledge and a positive attitude, you can be ready for this type of travel.

Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC

We are in the peak of flu season! Attached is an article discussing why it is important to receive the flu vaccine. Please call the office to schedule your appointment for the vaccine today! Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine - CDC

The Flu

Flu season has arrived! Please be sure to schedule an office visit for the flu vaccine. Take a minute to read the attached article regarding signs and symptoms of the flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine: The flu virus spreads easily through the air with coughing and sneezing, and through touching things like doorknobs or toys and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

[10/02/17]   UPDATED INFORMATION: Starting on 10/2/2017 we have new temporary office hours. We will be open M, Tu, Wed 8AM-6PM and Thursday, Friday 8AM-5PM. The office will be closed from 1230-130PM Monday through Friday.

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[08/14/17]   Please join us for an open house tonight from 5PM-7PM. Refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Please come join us for an open house on Monday August 14th, 2017 from 5PM-7PM. Come meet our providers and take a tour of the office! Refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

The warmer months are inviting all the mosquitoes to come out and bite! One way to protect your children from biting insects is to apply insect repellent before going outside. Remember, any insect repellent used should contain less than 30% DEET, more than that does not make a difference. Please refer to the attached article for tips on which repellent is right for your child.

Sun Safety: Information for Parents About Sunburn & Sunscreen

The weather is starting to get much warmer and the sun much stronger! Please take a few minutes to read this article on sun safety for your children. Sunscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers but only if used correctly. Keep in mind that sunscreen should be used for sun protection, not as a reason to stay in the sun longer.


Allergy season is in full swing! What can you do to help your child? Great tips in this article! Allergies and asthma, which typically start in childhood, are by far the most common chronic diseases among children in the United States.

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Happy Halloween!

Here's a great article to help have a safe Halloween with your young ones.

A few great tips
- Go out before dark
- Be on the look out for tripping hazards
- Limit the sugar! Make an agreement on how much sugar is allowed per day and maybe give your child the chance to exchange the candy for a toy or other healthy option.

AAP Media Plan

Do you feel like your children spend too much time using technology? Whether it's surfing the internet, playing games, or watching T.V. the AAP has a great website where you can create a customized Media Plan to set rules and limitations on screen time. It's available in Spanish too!

Pumpkins, Hayrides and Fall Fun in Maryland and Virgiinia

Fall weather has officially arrived in the DC metro area!

Here are a list of fun fall activities in the area that you can enjoy with your children! Pumpkin Patches in Northern Virginia, Fall Festivals, Hayrides, Washington DC area, pick your own pumpkins, best family fun autumn activities

[09/21/16]   Announcing our Saturday hours for the month of October.
We will open Saturday, October 8th and 22th from 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Benefits & Tricks to Having a Family Dinner

We hope that all our families are having a great start to the school year!

The start of a school year can be stressful and busy, but we encourage to keep family dinners a priority! Here is a great article that discusses the benefits of family dinners and tips to continue family dinners despite a busy schedule. Trying to put together a healthy meal between all your kids’ extracurricular activities and the business of family evenings can be very challenging. ​These tips will help!

Our office is closed today for Labor Day, but we will resume normal business hours tomorrow!
If you have school/sports physical forms to pick up, they can be picked up tomorrow during business hours (8:00am-6:00pm)

We would like to thank all our families for their patience as we work to complete school physical forms. We have had a high volume of school physical forms submitted to our office. Again, we thank you for your patience.

For future reference, we complete school forms throughout the year. Most schools accept physicals that were completed within 1 year.

Our phones are working now!
Please call and leave a voicemail if you were trying to reach us during the outage.
Any medical questions will be answered by the on-call provider and any appointments questions will be answered when the office is open tomorrow morning.

Thank you for your patience!

Eardrum perforation: answers to common questions | My Southern Health

Unfortunately, children of all ages like to put things that don't belong in their ears. Sometimes a foreign body in the ear can cause an ear drum perforation (popped ear drum). Here's an article with common questions about ear drum perforation and how they are managed. We always think prevention is key, so keep an eye on the little ones and teach them that it's not okay to put things in their ears. What's that in my kid's ear? Injuries and infections can cause eardrum perforation. Here's what to know and what to do via My Southern Health.

[07/05/16]   We hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Just a reminder that we will be open this Saturday, July 9 from 9:00am-1:00pm

Leaving Your Child Home Alone

Wishing all our patients a safe and fun start to summer!

Are you planning on leaving your child home alone this summer? This article is a great resource to determine if they are ready and to help prepare you and your child if they are.

** It's important to be aware of local laws about leaving children home alone. It's natural for parents to be a bit anxious when first leaving kids without supervision. But you can feel prepared and confident with some planning and a couple of trial runs.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and grandpas of our Van Dorn Pediatric patients!

We thank you for all the love and support you give to the little ones in your life!

How to Talk to Your Child About the News

Here's a great article on how to talk about events children hear about on the news. With the recent events around the country, many children are hearing stories from school, peers, and the news.

Here are a few tips on how to address these topics
- Allow your child space to express their fears
- Be honest, but explain as much is appropriate for their maturity and age
- Put events in context: explain isolated events or series of circumstances that lead up to the an event to help children make sense of what they hear. News from the TV, radio, and the Internet is often educational. But when stories are about violence or other disturbing topics, parents can find it hard to explain to kids. Here are some guidelines.

Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children

Now that the weather is warming up the little ones are itching to go to the pool. Here are some important water safety tips.

- Swimming lessons do not necessarily prevent drowning: parents should still monitor children carefully despite their ability to swim.
- Inflatable toys are not a substitute for a properly fitting life jacket.
- All children, even those in the shallow end should be watched by an adult.
- Don't forget the sunblock! Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they’ve had swimming instruction. Whenever your child is near water, follow these safety rules.

How to Celebrate Memorial Day in Washington, DC

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching and there are a lot of exciting events around DC and Virginia! Here are a few links to help you decide what to do with your family this weekend.

FREE events
- Sunday, May 29: National Memorial Day Concert
- Monday, May 30: National Memorial Day Parade
- Monday, May 30: Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival See all the schedules for Memorial Day 2016 in Washington, DC, details on the special events, concerts, parade for Memorial Day in Washington, DC

Baby Food & Feeding

We are frequently asked about what to feed newborns and infants. Here is a great resource with commonly asked questions.

- Breast milk or formula is all newborns need to drink. At around 6-9 months you can introduce water, but it's recommended to avoid juice or soda.
- Signs that your baby is ready to start solids
- When to start weaning breast milk. - Powered by pediatricians. Trusted by parents.

We hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!
We think that every day is a great day to tell mothers that they're appreciated so don't forget to tell the mothers in your life how much you care.

Our new office hours!
We will be opened now from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday, except on Thursdays we will be open 9:00am-6:00pm. We will still be open 2 Saturdays a month from 9:00am-1:00pm. See the schedule below.

Monday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday / 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
* Saturday / 9:00am - 1:00pm (*every other Saturday)

We will be offering extended hours starting next week, May 2!!
We will be opened now from 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday, except on Thursdays we will be open 9:00am-6:00pm. We will still be open 2 Saturdays a month from 9:00am-1:00pm. See the schedule below.

Monday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday / 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday / 8:00am - 6:00pm
* Saturday / 9:00am - 1:00pm (*every other Saturday)

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2500 North Van Dorn Street, Suite 102
Alexandria, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
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