Pediatric Care located in Ashburn, VA & Stone Ridge, VA
Penguin Pediatrics is focused on preventative medicine, providing appropriate anticipatory guidance to parents and families to raise healthy children. The joy of Pediatrics is in watching patients and families grow. We enjoy giving families the reassurance that Dr. Kodu knows their child by name and history when they walk into our office. The ideal pediatrician is not just a child's physician, but evolves into the child's mentor and advocate.
The vision of Penguin Pediatrics is providing one on one care for our patients. Every child and family has unique needs in terms of the physician's time, medical approach, and emotional responsiveness. Establishing Penguin Pediatrics has given Dr. Kodu the flexibility to meet these needs while providing the best medical care.
At Penguin Pediatrics we also understand that childhood illnesses are common and worrisome to parents. It is our goal to offer same day appointments for acutely ill patients so they can be seen in a timely manner. Parents will always have the opportunity to speak to Dr. Kodu directly with their questions and concerns. After hours phone calls are handled by Dr. Kodu himself so that parents have the reassurance of talking to their own physician who is familiar with their child.
In short, we strive to be the best pediatrician for every child who is a part of our practice.
Are There Ways to Prevent the Spread of the Flu?
Yes. Preventing the spread of the flu starts by teaching your kids about good hygiene. First, make sure to get your kids the flu vaccine. Second, teach your children how to properly wash their hands using soap and warm water. Encourage them to wash their hands whenever they return home or after they cough, sneeze, or blow their nose. Third, make sure your kids know to cover their mouths and noses whenever they cough or sneeze. Finally, encourage them to keep their eyes out of their hands and mouths at home, school, and when out in public. Small adjustments like these are surefire ways to keep your kids healthy all flu season long.
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How Often Does My Child Need a Well-Child Visit?
The frequency at which you schedule well-child visits depends on the age and overall health of your child. The doctors at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC generally recommend that newborns have an appointment shortly after birth and again approximately two weeks later. During these appointments, your doctor will monitor your baby's weight, vital signs, and overall health. After these initial appointments, you'll want to schedule at least one more well-exam each month until they've reached the age of four months. Whether you've recently relocated to the Stoneridge, VA area or have just added a new member to your family, contact us: (http://ow.ly/YpMP30lX0pe)
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Umesh Kodu, MD, at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC offers comprehensive physical exams, vaccinations, and screening services to evaluate the overall health of your child and monitor their growth. Visit him online to request an appointment today. (http://ow.ly/YpMP30lX0pe)
What Are The Most Common Childhood Eye Problems?
Vision problems can affect children just as they do adults. The most common childhood vision-related health problems include strabismus or crossed eyes; myopia or nearsightedness; hyperopia or farsightedness; and astigmatism, which is an unusual curvature of the cornea. If you notice that your child regularly squints or complains of headaches, it's important you schedule an eye exam with a trusted medical professional like Umesh Kodu, MD at Penguin Pediatrics, PLLC.
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What Are ADD And ADHD?
ADD or attention deficit disorder is a common childhood condition that makes it difficult to focus. Kids with ADD also tend to be easily distracted. ADHD, on the other hand, is characterized by difficulties sitting still and rash or impulsive decision making. If your son or daughter is having trouble focusing at school, ADD or ADHD may be to blame. Contact us: (http://ow.ly/D6ac30lX0pa)
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Umesh Kodu, MD and the team at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC have years of experience diagnosing and treating ADD and ADHD. With a variety of treatment resources available, formulating a plan to help your child isn't just possible, it's guaranteed. Visit Dr. Kodu online today to request an appointment. (http://ow.ly/D6ac30lX0pa)
What Is an Ear Infection?
Ear infections can be caused by viruses or bacteria and result in inflammation or fluid to build-up in the middle ear. In some cases, ear infections clear up on their own, but for younger children and infants, in particular, a more aggressive form of treatment may be required. Common symptoms of ear infections include ear pain, difficulty sleeping, and pulling or tugging at the ear.
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Did you know smiling boosts your immune system? Penguin Pediatrics wants to wish you a happy World Smile Day. Spread the joy by smiling at a stranger today.
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What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat?
The symptoms of strep throat vary from patient-to-patient. Some children may only complain of a mild sore throat while others may experience fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, white patchy areas may also develop at the back of the throat. While strep throat is quite common, if left untreated it can lead to more serious health problems. If you're concerned that your child may have strep throat, contact us: (http://ow.ly/mnSr30lX0p5)
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At Penguin Pediatrics PLLC, Umesh Kodu, MD is proud to offer his patients access to quick, accurate, and effective strep throat testing. Determining the results of your child's test, he can prescribe antibiotics or another method of treatment. Visit Dr. Kodu online to request an appointment today. (http://ow.ly/mnSr30lX0p5)
Why Should My Child Get a Flu Shot?
The flu is a common upper respiratory illness that's especially prevalent during the months of November and March. While the flu can affect people of all ages, children and senior citizens are particularly susceptible. The flu is highly contagious and is spread through coughing, sneezing, and physical contact. Investing in a flu shot is an easy and effective way to protect your child all winter long.
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Why Does My Child Need a Sports Physical?
Now that school is back in session, fall sports are kicking into gear. A sports physical is a preventive health measure that ensures your son or daughter is capable of participating in physical activity. During a sports physical, Dr. Kodu or a member of his team will evaluate your child's overall health. If they detect any potential problems that could put them at risk for an injury, they'll alert you and suggest next steps. Visit us online to request an appointment today.
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It's Health Literacy Month, and we want all our patients to feel like they have all the information they need to make the best decision for them. Feel like you want to learn more about the services at Penguin Pediatrics? Visit our website, where you can find detailed information on things like vaccinations, ADD and ADHD testing, and sports physicals: http://ow.ly/upaJ30lX0oZ
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World Heart Day is here! Today, beat your heart to happiness and being true to who you are, because a happy and stress-free heart, is a healthy heart! Penguin Pediatrics wishes you a day filled with health and flourishing optimism. Stay happy!
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Penguin Pediatrics wishes you and your loved ones an incredible Family Day—filled with love, connection, and fun! What are you doing to connect with your family today?
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What Are the Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard?
If your child participates in sports, wearing a mouthguard is one of the best decisions you can make for the health of their teeth, tongue, and gums. Not only do mouthguards lower the risk of biting the tongue and lips, but they can also prevent chipped, cracked, or missing teeth. Some research indicates that wearing a mouthguard can lower the severity of concussion-related symptoms.
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health.clevelandclinic.org These helpful devices protect the teeth and mouth, and can reduce concussion severity
What Is a Wart?
Warts are small, rough bumps that usually develop on the hands, feet, knees, and elbows. Warts are caused by particular strains of the HPV virus that enter the skin through small cuts or scrapes. In the majority of cases, warts will go away on their own, but they can cause pain or discomfort. If one or more warts is negatively impacting your child's quality of life, contact us: (http://ow.ly/AvAy30lX0oV)
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Umesh Kodu, MD at Penguin Pediatrics PLLC offers a variety of safe and effective wart treatments at his inviting, state-of-the-art offices. Following a thorough physical evaluation of your child, he can determine which method of treatment will best meet their individual needs. Visit Dr. Kodu online to request an appointment today. (http://ow.ly/AvAy30lX0oV)
What Is Strep Throat?
Strep throat is one of the most common bacterial infections. It's caused by the Streptococcus bacteria and results in pain, discomfort, and inflammation in the back of the throat. Strep throat can affect anyone, but it's most common in children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 15.
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Why Does My Child Need Vaccinations?
Since their invention, vaccinations have saved millions of lives. Not only do vaccinations protect your child from potentially life-threatening illnesses, they assist in building a strong immune system into adulthood. In addition to being a preventive health measure, Virginia schools, day cares, and other similar organizations require that all students be vaccinated prior to enrollment. If you would like to ensure your child is adequately immunized, contact us: (http://ow.ly/jZFO50j62If)
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At Penguin Pediatrics PLLC, Umesh Kodu, MD regularly vaccinates his patients from illnesses like chicken pox, polio, measles, and mumps. Whether you've recently relocated to the Ashland area or have just added a new addition to your family, Dr. Kodu is here to help. Visit him online to request an appointment today. (http://ow.ly/3tDt50j62Ih)
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Fathers can experience postnatal depression too.
mdmag.com Researcher from the Indiana University School of Medicine found that at well-child visits 4.4% of fathers reported symptoms of depression compared to 5% of mothers.
Looking for gluten free options?
healthychildren.org The findings of this study reveal that products labeled gluten-free are not nutritionally better compared to “regular” children’s foods or to their gluten-containing equivalents.
Play is crucial.
healthychildren.org The AAP encourages parents to use play to help meet their child's health and developmental milestones, beginning from birth. Here are some age-specific examples of ways to do this.
How do you get your little ones to eat their veggies?
medpagetoday.com Similar effect not observed for fruit consumption
Has your little one developed a rash after having a fever? Here's what you need to know.
medicalnewstoday.com Fever is common in toddlers and usually resolves on its own. At times, a rash can develop after the fever passes. Causes of a rash after fever in toddlers include roseola, scarlet fever, fifth disease, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. Learn about these common childhood illnesses and when to see a....
Study finds lack of medication and knowledge when it comes to taking care of preschoolers with asthma.
healthychildren.org Study found that fewer than half of their caregivers were prepared to administer medication for the routine management or emergency response to the child’s chronic condition.
A must read for new parents.
simplemost.com The first few years in a child’s life are crucial for their growth and development. It’s during this period that exposure to certain foods, chemicals and environmental factors can shape their physical and mental health for years to come. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued...
Take steps to ensure optimal health for your kids.
omaha.com Boys Town pediatricians urge a comprehensive approach to parenting.
Tomorrow is August 1st and school is just around the corner.
kidshealth.org Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. These early years of schooling are an important time for parents to be informed and supportive about their child's education.
Do you know what symptoms to look out for?
myfox8.com The appendix is a small organ on the right side of the body. When something causes it to get infected, the condition is called appendicitis. This is a serious condition that can occur in children, and understanding what signs to look for and when to seek help is key. For parents, it’s important to...
What are your thoughts on fruit juice for kids?
washingtonpost.com A pediatricians group says kids drink way too much juice. Parents should offer fruit instead.
How much sleep is too much sleep?
medicalnewstoday.com Many parents will look forward to their newborn sleeping, but sometimes a newborn will sleep so much that they become concerned. After birth, babies need a lot of rest as they continue to develop and grow. But how much sleep is normal for a newborn and what can parents do about excessive sleep? Lear...
When did you first meet your child's pediatrician?
mother.ly It's good for your baby and you.
How closely do you read food labels?
American Academy of Pediatrics calls for a revamp of the food safety system and warns chemicals may affect children's immunity, growth and behavior
How much screen time do you let your children have?
wsj.com When does screen time become harmful for adolescents? Three experts break down the research.
Get your kids moving this summer. http://kidshealth.org/classroom/cc/GetMoving.pdf
What's the one place you can't wait to take your kids on vacation?
today.com Check out these bucket-list favorites before they're too old to fully appreciate them.
Take measures to minimize your child’s risk of injury.
Use these tips for keeping your kids safe at home.
safekids.org Safe Kids is the go-to source for keeping your kids safe at home.
You have questions. Let's get you answers. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/default.aspx
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What types of toys are you getting your kids?
kidshealth.org Is your 10-year-old crying for a pellet gun? How about that used scooter? For help figuring out what toys are safe and appropriate for older kids, read these tips.
Summer is an amazing time of year. Make sure you are ready for the best summer yet.
webmd.com An online survey shows that parents' top health concerns for their kids during the summer include sunburn, bee stings, and Internet safety.
It can be difficult to get kids to go to bed during the summer. When should you start to be concerned?
kidshealth.org Getting enough sleep can be a problem for children of any age. Read this article to learn tips on bedtime schedules and routines for your child.
Have a safe and amazing summer.
safekids.org Whatever your plans are for this Memorial Day and into summer fun, here are a few tips to keep your adventures as safe as they are enjoyable.
Summertime calls for fun in the sun, vacations, swimming, and much more. Make sure you are having a fun, but safe summer.
parents.com Dust off your grill, pull out the patio furniture, and grab your swimsuits, because the lazy days of summer are here!
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Primary Care Physician's office for the entire family
Whole Child Pediatrics is a full service community based pediatric practice located in Ashburn, Virginia.