The Kidz Docs

The Kidz Docs are a group of dedicated medical professionals who offer consistent high quality, on time, pediatric care in a warm, friendly, professional atmosphere, treating our patients and parents, as we ourselves would like to be treated.

2019 Independence Day Celebrations Around DC

Happy 4th of July from the Kidz Docs!
How are you spending the holiday? Share an idea or pic in the comments...
The office is closed today, but we always have a doc on call to answer urgent questions. We’ll be open our regular hours on Friday, July 5th. What better place to celebrate Independence Day than in our nation’s capital? This is where the actual Declaration of Independence is housed (and will be read!), and celebrations take place a…

HPV Vaccines Are Reducing Infections, Warts — and Probably Cancer

We all want a cure for cancer. Well, it appears that in our lifetimes - or at least our children’s lifetimes - we may actually see the end to cervical cancer... And it’s all because of a vaccine! 🙌🙌

Questions about the HPV vaccine? Ask at your child’s or teen’s yearly well visit! An analysis covering 66 million young people has found plummeting rates of precancerous lesions and genital warts after vaccination against the human papillomavirus.

A good reminder, especially in this heat wave.

A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's does. This summer, be aware of hot cars and keeping kids safe from heat stroke. If you see an unattended child in a car and are concerned, call 911 immediately!

What would we do without our grandmas...
Here’s your Friday laugh! 😂

Today was our farewell luncheon for a longtime member of our Kidz Docs family. Dr. William (Bill) Russell is retiring after many years of serving the children in our community. We’ll miss his stories and his jokes - but even more, we’ll miss his keen eye for detail and his love of pediatrics.
We wish Dr. Russell well in his retirement!

Wolf Trap is a nearby national park for the performing arts. They have a special set of concerts for children in a wonderful setting, The Children’s Theatre in the Woods. Catch a show, have a picnic lunch, complete a Junior Ranger program, go for a hike, and tour the gardens.

Arlington Public Schools

With Arlington Public Schools *finally* finishing today, I think all our local area school students are on summer break! Happy summer everyone!
Don’t forget to schedule your yearly check-up for camps/school/sports soon!

School is Out! Have a great summer and we will see you in the fall.

Happy Friday from the Kidz Docs, 70’s style!

Anyone else, or just my family?

One of my favorite parenting tricks to not miss a dose. We also write our kids’ initials at the top of the bottle and cup to make sure we don’t mix up medications.

Happy Father’s Day! To all the dads - we are so thankful for you.

Opinion | Let’s Hear It for the Average Child

"Life is not a contest, and the world is not an arena. Just by being here, unique among all others, offering contributions that no one else can give, you have already won the one prize that matters most." In this season of prizes and trophies, we salute all the students whose talents lie outside the arena.

Free Summer Meals Program for Kids | No Kid Hungry

Help spread the word!
Many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. No Kid Hungry runs a summer meals texting service. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 to find free summer meals sites in their neighborhoods.
Feel free to share this post - let’s help make sure all kids in our community have access to enough food this summer! For kids who rely on school meals, summer is a tough time. A free summer meals program for kids at a school, church or community center is the answer. Learn how you can help by supporting No Kid Hungry or starting a summer meals program in your community.

Sports Physical: When, Where, Who Should Do It?

⛹️‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️🤺🏊🏾‍♂️🏌🏽‍♀️ Need a Sports Physical for the next school year? Request your summer appointment now! Call our office or use the patient portal 📞📱💻 ​All kids are athletes―the high school soccer player, the junior high performer in the school musical, and the skateboarding middle schooler down your block. All will benefit from a sports physical. The AAP recommends asking to have a sports physical when scheduling your child's next routine we....

Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBT Teens

June is LGBT Pride month. Here’s a great source for parents from the AAP about supporting and advocating for our children. It is important for parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens to remember each child is unique and will have their own experiences and feelings along the way.

In photos: how vaccines reach the most remote places on earth

These photos show the incredible lengths people go through to bring vaccines to the world’s most remote areas, and keep children safe from disease. Feeling pretty lucky tonight that all we have to do is stop by The Kidz Docs’ office to protect our kids! By boat, plane and camel - UNICEF health teams make it to every child in need.

Installing car seats is tricky... Fairfax Police Dept wants to help parents keep kids safe!

Installing car seats can be difficult, but we all want our children to travel safely. 👶🏽 That’s why district stations across the county host free Car Seat Safety & Install events throughout the year! See the list of upcoming dates:
#FairfaxCounty #FCPD #FairfaxVA #childsafety #carseat #carseats #lawenforcement #firstresponders #police #policeofficers #parents #parentstobe #newparents

Congrats to all our 2019 high school and college grads! You make us proud! One of the best parts of our job is watching sweet little ones turn into accomplished adults, with their own dreams and goals. Thank you for letting us be part of your journey!
Love this photo from West Potomac yesterday. We’d love to see a photo from your school’s graduation too... drop one in the comments!

Congratulations graduates! Class of 2019 make us proud!

Can anyone relate?

For some info on sun safety, check out these guidelines from the AAP:

Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia – Newsroom

As a reminder, if you think your child has been exposed to measles, or may have the measles, please call our office first - do not walk in. There is a specific protocol we must follow for possible measles cases. Children without 2 doses of the MMR vaccine (typically given at 12mos and 4yrs) are most at risk.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Health Districts in northern Virginia are informing people who were at various locations listed below during the specified time frames, that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Northern Virginia area health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed.
Listed below are the dates, times, and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the confirmed case of measles:

Dulles International Airport in Terminal A and Baggage Claim level on Sunday, June 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center, 15225 Heathcote Boulevard, Haymarket, VA in the emergency department on Sunday, June 2 at 11 p.m. through early Monday, June 3 at 4:30 a.m.
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, 3600 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA in the emergency department, including the waiting area, on Tuesday, June 4 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.” Virginia Health Officials Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Northern Virginia June 6, 2019 For More Information Contact Risk Communications Manager Lorrie Andrew-Spear – 703-530-2627 Northern Virginia Health Departments Are Working Together to Identify People Who Are at Risk (Manassas....

This weekend, the dinos are back at the Museum of Natural History!

They’re baaaack! The dinos have returned to Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History after a five-year hiatus during renovations. The new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time opens to the public this Saturday, June 8, and I can tell you after a sneak peek today that little (and big) paleontologists will dig it! More about to come on the blog soon. #deeptime

Great advice on pool safety as we head into summer.

The pool parties are starting. ⛱

Large groups of friends and family getting together.

The more folks present, the safer the pool is, right?


The more people present, the more DISTRACTIONS or ASSUMPTIONS.

Do not assume someone is watching over your kid.

Do not assume that older kids will help out smaller kids.

Do not assume that there is a commotion with drowning.

Do not assume your small child is hanging out inside the house (they wander outside, and to the pool).

Drowning is silent, quick, and devastating.

There is no splashing. There is no crying out. There is no screaming.

If you or your friends are getting together this summer and a pool is involved (EVEN A LITTLE TODDLER BLOW-UP POOL, OR A WATER SLIDE WITH A COLLECTION POOL AT THE BOTTOM), you MUST assign a person to watch the kids.

My friends and I have come up with two plans:

1) everybody chips in $10 and we hire a lifeguard for the party

2) We are all assigned the WATER WATCHER BAND - you can get these at my office or make one of your own. The person who wears it is in charge of watching the water at all times. Trade it out with someone else every 15-20 minutes.

This assures the kids are observed constantly!


Hugs ❤️
Dr. Diane

#lifeguardyourchild #pool #poolparty #poolsafety #watersafety #lifeguard

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion.

Showing our Nationals spirit! Any other Nats fans out there? Show us your spirit in the comments!

Rock n' Play recall and the myth of 'sleeping through the night:' What parents should know

“Healthy newborns need to eat every 2 to 3 hours and do not typically sleep through the night. Pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Murray offers safe sleep tips for your baby - starting with sleeping alone in a bare crib.” - American Academy of Pediatrics In the fallout of the Rock n' Play recall, Dr. Elizabeth Murray tells parents what they should know about baby sleep and those "must-have" products.

💐💐 Happy Mother’s Day! 💐💐
Little ones probably won’t give you an easy day of rest - but I do hope they make you feel well loved.
Our heart today is with those missing their mothers, or missing their babies.

🍎📝📚This week has also been teacher appreciation week! At the Kidz Docs, we are so thankful for the teachers in our community. When needed, teachers provide important feedback to us about children’s school performance, and we work together to come up with a plan for each child to succeed. Teachers spend hours upon hours pouring love, knowledge, encouragement, and curiosity into the children of our community. We hope your students honored you well this week!📚📝🍎

👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️ For Nurses Week, we’ll be featuring some of our Kidz Docs nurses and MAs. 👩🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
Gigi, originally from Bolivia, was adopted when she was 3.5 years old, and came to the US when she was 5. She has always known that she wanted to work with children because they say the funniest things, and are so sweet. Gigi became an MA in 2009, and joined the our office in 2018. Gigi loves that as one of the newest members of the Kidz Docs family, she has felt welcomed with open arms into her new work home.
🦸🏽‍♀️ Her superhero is her mother because she instilled in her the best attributes.
💃🏽👋⚽️🏈 She loves to dance, meet new people, and watch and play soccer and American football.
We’re so happy that Gigi has joined our Kidz Docs team!

👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️ For Nurses Week, we’ll be featuring some of our Kidz Docs nurses and MAs. 👩🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
🇧🇴🇦🇷🇺🇸 Jahel, originally from Bolivia, graduated from nursing school at the Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina in 1990, and worked in several different hospitals. She is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. In 2002 she became a Registered Medical Assistant in Virginia, and began working in pediatrics. Jahel joined our Kidz Docs team in 2007. She loves working at the Kidz Docs because of the learning environment and the friendships she’s made here. She likes working with children because they are adorable, and tell such funny, innocent jokes.
📚 Jahel enjoyed reading books to her now-grown children every night before bed - she loved that each book taught a new and different lesson.
🦸🏽‍♂️🦸🏽‍♀️ Her heroes are her children, Christopher and Geraldine.
🧁🧣👩‍👧‍👦 In her spare time, Jahel enjoys baking, knitting and spending time with her kids.
You’ll find Jahel doing both clinical jobs like taking care of patients, and administrative duties like billing. We’re so glad Jahel is part of our Kidz Docs team!

👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️ For Nurses Week, we’ll be featuring some of our Kidz Docs nurses and MAs. 👩🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
🇨🇦 🇬🇹 Erika was born in Montreal to Guatemalan parents, and speaks 4 different languages - English, Spanish, French, and Italian. She has been working in healthcare since 2003, but recently joined our office in 2018. Erika loves working with the Kidz Docs team to put a smile on children’s faces, and make a difference in our patients’ lives.
📚 Erika’s favorite book is The Jungle Book because Mowgli stays strong, despite facing many obstacles.
🦸🏻‍♂️ Her favorite superhero is Superman because he is a humble man with a humble beginning trying to help the world one person at a time.
🏈🙌🎶💃🏽👩‍👧‍👦 In her spare time, Erika loves watching football, cheering on the Cowboys, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.
We’re so glad Erika has joined our Kidz Docs team!

👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️ For Nurses Week, we’ll be featuring some of our Kidz Docs nurses and MAs. 👩🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
Originally from Mississippi, Karen graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1982 and has been doing pediatric nursing ever since. Karen moved to Alexandria when she was 26, and began working at the Kidz Docs in 2000. She loves working with children and finds joy in all the funny things they say!
🦌🎄 Her favorite children’s book is Rudolph the red nosed reindeer as it teaches us to be kind to others who may be different.
👩‍👦‍👦📖🏖 She loves spending time with her grandkids, reading, and being at the beach.
Karen is our head nurse at the Kidz Docs, as well as one of our lactation educators. She wears many hats at our practice - you’ll find her giving advice to parents on the phone, teaching new moms and babies to breastfeed, or taking care of patients during their appointments - just to name a few! We’re so lucky to have Karen as part of our Kidz Docs team!

Planning to have your yearly check-up this summer? Call now or send a message via the portal to schedule! Sports physicals can also be completed for the 2019-20 school year.

👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏻‍⚕️ For Nurses Week, we’ll be featuring some of our Kidz Docs nurses and MAs. 👩🏼‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
Originally from Hyattsville, Melanie has been an MA for 13yrs, and joined the Kidz Docs in 2017. Her favorite thing about our Kidz Docs team is the compassion and care we give to children of all ethnicities and backgrounds.
Here are some of her favorite things...
📚 Berenstain Bears
🦸🏾‍♂️ Black Panther
🙋🏾‍♀️ Volunteering with her church’s middle and high school youth group.
We’re glad to have Melanie on our Kidz Docs team!

👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏼‍⚕️ Happy Nurses Week! 👩🏻‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️
We’re so thankful for our nurses - they take such great care for our patients and enjoy doing it. They’re an important part of our Kidz Docs team.
🎊 A sweet little patient made this sign for our nurses. If you’d like to send a note to one or more of our nurses this week, feel free to add one in the comments or send a PM here. We’ll be sure to pass it on! 🎊

RecFest, Sat May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Calendar | City of Alexandria, VA

RecFest is a lot of fun for families! It’s running until 2pm today. Don't miss the opportunity to test out programs before signing up. Enjoy free demos, meet instructors and staff, and register for programs and camps on-site. The event will also feature a live performance by “Rainbow Rock Band,” who will perform interactive pop rock children’s songs where kids...

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