The Kidz Docs

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We have seen an increase in anxiety and depression in kids and teens during this trying time. Please call us if you think your child is struggling with a mental health concern.

In addition to screening teens for depression at their annual check-ups, all children ages 7yrs and up are now being screened for mental health concerns using a screening tool called the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-17). This form can be filled out during your visit, or you can find it on our website and bring it with you to your appointment.

Congrats to all the students who made it through a most unusual end of the school year! Parents - you’ve done such a wonderful job supporting your kids and making the best decisions for your family in this challenging time... we know it wasn’t easy. Happy summer!

Our kids are not the only ones learning virtually this season - our doctors are too!

This past weekend, Dr. Elizabeth Livingood attended the (now virtual) REACH Institute’s Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care fellowship. This course is followed by 6 months of continuing education in pediatric mental healthcare.

Dr. Livingood will join Drs. Arnold, Shen, Hulver, and Remus as graduates of this fellowship. At the Kidz Docs, your child’s mental health is important to us. If you have a mental health concern, we want to be your first stop!

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Today at 1pm Kidz Docs physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff joined healthcare professionals across the country kneeling in silence for 10 minutes in solidarity and support of ending racial injustice. We are committed to working with our community to be part of positive change. #wc4bl

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

“Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.​“ Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice.

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The Kidz Docs continues to offer COVID testing to current patients who are sick and meet certain criteria for testing. If you’re concerned that your child might have COVID19, call our office and we’ll make a telemedicine appointment for you. During that video visit, you and your doctor or NP will discuss your child’s symptoms and exposures and decide if testing is right for your child. This testing is currently done outside in our parking lot, by a doctor and nurse in protective gear. The test is done by a nasal swab, similar to a flu test. We ask that everyone in the car wear a mask or face covering. It takes several days for us to receive results.

Our biggest limitation to expanding testing is our supply of N95 masks. Along with the Virginia AAP and other practices, we continue to accept donations of these from our community.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Kidz Docs will be closed for Memorial Day, but as always, we have a doctor on call. We will open tomorrow with normal business hours.

Our office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day. As always, there will be a doctor on call.

This morning (Sunday), one of our nurses/MAs will be answering our phones from 8am-noon, and televisits are available.

🩺 For the next week, we are going to be shining a light on our nurses, medical assistants, and office staff. We’re so thankful for the care they provide for our patients. 🩹

👩🏽‍⚕️ Name: GiGi
🦞 Favorite Food: Seafood
🧜🏻‍♀️ Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid
👩‍👦‍👦Favorite “Pandemic Pastime”: hanging out with her kids
🧑🏻‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️Favorite part of her job: her coworkers

Join us in thanking our staff for the care they provide for our children.

🩺 For the next week, we are going to be shining a light on our nurses, medical assistants, and office staff. We’re so thankful for the care they provide for our patients. 🩹

👩🏽‍⚕️ Name: Pamela
📽 Favorite Movie: Macross: Do you remember love?
🌱Favorite “Pandemic Pastime”: gardening at her house
👧🏽👦🏻 Favorite part of her job: helping others, and seeing our patients’ happy faces

Join us in thanking our staff for the care they provide for our children.

🩺 For the next week, we are going to be shining a light on our nurses, medical assistants, and office staff. We’re so thankful for the care they provide for our patients. 🩹

👩🏼‍⚕️ Name: Karen
📽 Favorite Movies: White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz
🐶 Favorite “Pandemic Pastime”: hanging out on her screened-in porch with her children, and playing with her pup

Join us in thanking our staff for the care they provide for our children.

🌼🌷 Thank you to all the women who mother our sweet families. Happy Mother’s Day! 🌷🌼

🩺 For the next week, we are going to be shining a light on our nurses, medical assistants, and office staff. We’re so thankful for the care they provide for our patients. 🩹

👩🏾‍⚕️ Name: Candice
👑 Favorite Movie: Mulan
📽 Favorite “Pandemic Pastime”: watching movies with her little one, and pretending to be on the show “Nailed It”
👧🏽👦🏻 Favorite part of her job: her amazing patients and coworkers

Join us in thanking our staff for the care they provide for our children.

🩺 For the next week, we are going to be shining a light on our nurses, medical assistants, and office staff. We’re so thankful for the care they provide for our patients. 🩹

👩🏾‍⚕️ Name: Melanie
👩🏾‍💻 Training: medical assistant/phlebotomist, Sanz School
🦀 Favorite Food: crabs
👑 Favorite Movie: Cinderella
🎨 Favorite “Pandemic Pastime”: painting with her kids
👧🏽👦🏻 Favorite part of her job: putting a smile on children’s faces

Join us in thanking our staff for the care they provide for our children!


Today is #NationalNursesDay! Thank you nurses for everything you do to take care of children and their families, especially right now during these difficult times.

How to Ask What Kids Are Feeling | Child Mind Institute

Some good advice for talking to children about this time. To get children to open up about their feelings, so they can be addressed, may take finesse and a light touch.

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👟Ready to run! The 🌟 2020 StarKid Virtual 5k race supports the Inova Children's Hospital and the #EmergencyPreparednessFund. This critical fund provides a ready source of flexible funds to meet the escalating healthcare needs of our community.

Join us in this safe and healthy way to take care of ourselves and our local community during #COVID19. Participants who register before May 1st will receive their race t-shirt and finisher medal before the race commences on May 16th. Anyone who registers after May 4th will receive their items post-race.

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This week is World Immunization Week. We hope to add COVID-19 to this list of vaccine-preventable illnesses one day.


Mamas of newborns, we see you. This is not how you imagined your post-partum journey would be. We see you navigating parenthood for the first time.... or balancing your newborn and your toddler and your school-age children who are suddenly home. We see your love for your baby. We see you meeting your baby’s needs - and we know that a newborn’s needs are around-the-clock. We know you are doing all of this without the support your circle can usually give to its new moms.

Dads - we see you too. We see you holding your family close. We see you getting up to change diapers and to help with feedings. We see the extra attention you’re giving to the newly minted big sisters and brothers. We see your love for this new little life.

We see you in our office, at your newborn visit. Your strength, your resilience, and your dedication to your family inspires us. We know it can be hard, and it can be lonely - especially in this time when our world is upside down. If you need help, please reach out to us.

Keep up with children's health during pandemic. Especially now, pediatricians can help.

“These exams are so important to keep kids on track, which is why we urge parents everywhere to first reach out to your child’s pediatrician. Come for your scheduled appointments, in person, by phone, or on a computer. Call us when your child has an ear infection or trouble breathing, or may have broken a bone or need stitches. Call when you have a mental health concern or notice a change in your child’s behavior.

Pediatricians’ message to parents is clear: We are open for business, and we are here for you and your children now more than ever.

At a moment when our nation’s eyes are on the spread of the virus, our eyes are on the children.” With schools closed, a doctor may now be the only person outside a household with eyes on a child. Don't skip well-child appointments and vaccines.

Happy World Immunization Week! We are so thankful for the vaccines that are currently available, and the ways they protect our communities. We wait in hope for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed.

We want to make sure all our patients are up to date on their immunizations. If you’re unsure if your child is due for vaccines, please call our office to check!


Pediatrician Stresses Ongoing Need For Childhood Vaccines, Even During The Epidemic

Well visits and vaccines are still so important for children during the pandemic. At our office, we are taking many precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and staff during this time. The best care, especially for young children, is to be seen in the office for these visits during our morning well block. For children 2 years and above, we do also offer well visits by telemedicine. If you have questions or concerns about scheduling your child’s well visit, please reach out to one of our doctors or nurse practitioners to discuss.

In this interview by NPR with the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she discusses the importance of well visits and immunizations.

“We know that if we do not get our children vaccinated, and have children vaccinated, that we are at risk for a vaccine-preventable outbreak, such as we've had with the measles in the recent past. We could have whooping cough, and we could have young children still get meningitis if they don't get the vaccines to protect against meningitis. So it is critical for those children to come in and get their vaccines as close to as on-time as they can. Delaying can cause major problems.” NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to pediatrician Dr. Sally Goza about the need to keep vaccinating children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to Nando's PERi-PERi on King Street for donating lunch for all our staff yesterday. We are so thankful for you!


Life is big and hard and scary sometimes. Even for us as adults.
We don’t always know what ‘the next right thing’ is. We don’t always know what to say or how to act or even how to sort out our own jumbled thoughts and emotions at times.
Those unsettled feelings can make us anxious or prickly or timid or grumpy or teary or short-tempered or sad or overwhelmed or scared or withdrawn.
Our children are no different. They are just as human as we are. Their feelings are just as valid as ours. Their experiences are just as valid as ours. And their reactions are just as valid as ours.
As adults we have to keep in mind that our children’s perceptions of their feelings and experiences may be very different from ours because they don’t have the maturity and wisdom to see and feel and remember things with our adult judgement or perspective.
Something that may mean little to us may have a powerful impact on our children. Something that may trigger huge feelings in us may have little to no impact on our children. Projecting our feelings and reactions onto our children can lead us to minimize their big feelings or unload our own big feelings onto them or even trigger big feelings in them ourselves.
Recognizing that our children are individuals, dependent on us but distinct from us, helps us to see them and hear them and understand them, to see things from their perspective, and to meet their needs right where they are instead of where we think they should be.
Trust is tapestry woven day in and day out with threads of loving and listening and helping and encouraging and supporting and guiding. It’s threaded throughout with mistakes and misunderstandings and missteps and mended with hugs and apologies and “I love you’s.” It’s washed and worn to velveteen softness with years of tears and laughter. And it’s wrapped around our children’s hearts to keep them warm and safe when life feels too big and hard and scary to handle alone. -L.R.Knost

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Fighting a rare, incurable cancer, but I'm still here!💞 L.R.

Thank you to the Loudoun County teachers who printed and assembled face shields for many area pediatric practices, including ours. Thanks for helping to keep us safe!

Cloth masks are now recommended in public (including in medical offices) for children ages 2yrs and above. Sometimes it helps kids to wear a mask if they see other kids wearing masks. These two kids have practiced and are doing a great job. Do you have a pic of your child wearing a mask? Drop it in the comments below for other kids to see!

Pro tip: Instead of saying “don’t touch your face,” try saying “keep your hands in your pockets” or “keep your hands together.” A positive direction is often easier for kids to follow.

In line with CDC guidance, we are requesting all caregivers and patients 2 years and older who come to our office wear a cloth face covering. (We understand that this is a challenge in preschool age children - just try your best. ❤️) We ask that you keep the mask on throughout your appointment, unless otherwise instructed. This helps to keep our staff safe and healthy.

We do have a limited number of cloth masks at the front desk if needed. We would love donations of homemade/store-made cloth masks from our community - please call our office if you have some to donate. Thank you!

Thank you to Third Baptist Church of Alexandria for lunch today! We appreciate it so much.

[04/17/20]   Hello Kidz Docs families!

We hope this message finds you well. You are on our minds constantly. We wanted to give you an update on our office.

We continue to have expanded telephone hours answered by our own nursing staff. They are:
M-Th 7:30am-7pm
Fri 7:30am-5pm
Sat-Sun 8am-noon.

We continue to see newborns between 7:30am-8:30am, and have a "well only" block from 9am-12:30pm every day for in-office well visits. Televisits are available all day for sick visits, consults and concerns, and well visits for children over 2yrs of age. A child that has a well visit completed as a televisit may be required to come back at a later date for vaccines, or hearing and vision screening. Your doctor or nurse practitioner will discuss at your appointment if your child needs any of these.

We would especially encourage the following groups to make consult televisits at this time as families navigate this new time.
1. Children with asthma, or children who have a nebulizer/inhaler at home
2. Children with anxiety, depression, ADD, or any other mental health concerns (ongoing or new).

We ask that for patients coming into the office, that only the one patient and one caregiver attend the visit. We would also ask that everyone over 2yrs of age who enters the office wear a cloth mask or face covering in accordance with CDC recommendations.

And finally, we know that many of our families are facing uncertain times with reduced work hours, job loss, or a gap in their health insurance. Please know that even if you have lost your job or your insurance, you will not lose your pediatrician. We encourage any of our families currently experiencing economic hardship to call our office and ask for our office manager, Tameka Wilkins, to discuss options.

Take care and stay safe!
The Kidz Docs

FDA wants all ranitidine products off the market

Ranitidine (Zantac) is being pulled from the market and will no longer be available. If your child is taking this medication, send us a message through the portal or call us, and we’ll discuss other available options. PEDIATRICS COVID-19 COLLECTION We are fast-tracking and publishing the latest research and articles related to COVID-19 for free. View the collection.

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1451 Belle Haven Road
Alexandria, VA

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Monday 07:30 - 19:00
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