Spring Allergies

Spring is here and the trees are blooming with flowers and pollen.  There are now many over-the-counter options for treating seasonal allergies including antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and eye drops.  This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics discussing options for treating allergies. In general a referral to an allergist is not needed unless allergy shots (immunotherapy) needs to be considered.  Contact us if your child needs an appointment to discuss treatment options further.

Walk-In Appointments Now Available

We are happy to announce that we are offering walk-in sick visits in both our offices.  Walk-in visits are available Monday-Friday during regular business hours on a first come, first serve basis for routine sick problems.  Walk-ins are available for the following situations:
established patients, children older than 4 months of age, symptoms for fewer than 3 days and routine problems such as sore throat, earache, cough, runny nose, fever or rashes.

For all other problems and if your child is younger than 4 months of age, please call for an appointment.  Generally same day sick appointments will still be available.

As we enter the cold and flu season, we would like to remind our patients that we are almost always available in both offices for same day sick appointments.  We have extended our hours to 6 PM Monday through Thursday and are often open at 8 AM as well.  It is in your child’s best interest to see his or her regular pediatrician for acute illnesses rather than go to an urgent care center.  Not only do we have your child’s medical records but it is often more costly to visit an urgent care.  Urgent care centers generally order more tests that are not always necessary and also over-prescribe antibiotics which is NOT in your child’s best interest.  We are here to help so feel free to call us if you have any concerns or think your child needs an appointment.

Flu Vaccine

It’s that time of year to get your child’s flu vaccine.  Flu vaccination is recommended by the CDC and AAP for all children ages 6 months and older.  Children younger than 9 years of age should receive two doses of flu vaccine spaced 4 weeks apart the first year they get a flu vaccine.  We have flu clinic appointments available in both offices as follows:

Manassas October 5th, 6th, 9th (Columbus Day) and 21st
Gainesville Oct 7th and 9th

Please call ahead to schedule a flu vaccine.

For more information about influenza and flu vaccine visit the CDC website

Well Child and Sports Physical Appointments

It is that time of year to start thinking about school, camp and sports physicals.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual well child visits through age 18 years and most insurances provide this benefit without a copay or deductible.  If your child is entering school for the first time or will be trying out for a sport in middle or high school, then he or she will need a well child visit/physical exam and completion of the appropriate form by our office.  All sports physicals must be done after May 1 in order to participate in sports the following school year.  Please bring the appropriate form along with you to your appointment.  This includes school/sports/camp forms as well as medication administration forms.
Please call either our Gainesville or Manassas office to schedule your child’s appointment.  Appointments can also be scheduled through our patient portal.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health month highlights the importance of early good dental habits.  Teeth can be gently brushed as soon as they appear in an infant’s or toddler’s mouth.  Our office is now offering fluoride varnish application for young children at ages 12, 18, 24 and 30 months at the well child visit.  This is a covered service by most insurance companies but feel free to call your insurance before your child’s appointment to confirm this.  For more information about childrens dental health visit the NIH website https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NewsAndFeatures/Announcements/ChildrensDentalHealthMonth.htm

or https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm

Flu Clinic

When have received another shipment of flu vaccine in both offices!  There will be flu clinic appointments in both locations on Friday, Nov 4th and in the Gainesville office Saturday, Nov 5th 9:00-11:30 AM,    We can be flexible if these times do not work for you.

Please call ahead for an appointment if possible.

Visit the CDC website for more information about the flu and flu vaccines.

Insect Repellents

It’s that time of year again when we get a lot of questions about what type of insect repellent to use on your child.  Here’s a link to an article from the American Academy of Pediatric’s Healthy Children website which is a great resource for information on car seats, nutrition, immunizations and more.

 

Well Checks and Sports Physicals

It is that time of year to start thinking about school, camp and sports physicals.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual well child visits through age 18 years and most insurances provide this benefit without a copay or deductible.  If your child is entering school for the first time or will be trying out for a sport in middle or high school, then he or she will need a well child visit/physical exam and completion of the appropriate form by our office.  All sports physicals must be done after May 1 in order to participate in sports the following school year.  Please bring the appropriate form along with you to your appointment.  This includes school/sports/camp forms as well as medication administration forms.
Please call either our Gainesville or Manassas office to schedule your child’s appointment.  Appointments can also be scheduled through our patient portal.

Zika Virus Information

Information about Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, and travel advisories especially for pregnant women who may consider travel to Mexico, Central America and parts of the Caribbean and South America can be found here:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html/

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