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Taking Care of Your Newborn

Caring for a newborn can be intimidating for some individuals, especially if it is your first baby. The pediatricians at Nova Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine in Springfield are here to help.

Nov 24th, 2020
The Importance Of Preventive Care

What parent doesn’t want to protect their child from getting injured or sick? While it will happen at some point, there are certainly ways that both you and your pediatrician can work together to ensure that your child doesn’t have to...

Aug 31st, 2020
Child Behavior Problems

While we may not love it, all kids are going to act up, throw tantrums and be irritable at times;...

Aug 17th, 2020
Living With Uncertainty

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a general pediatrician in the Northern Virginia area. I just joined a fabulous new practice and thankful for the journey that brought me here.

Aug 11th, 2020
Seeking Help for Your Child's Sports Injuries

Regular physical activity is so important for your child’s health. If they have decided to start playing on a sports team this can also be a great way for them to build confidence and socialize.

Jul 16th, 2020
The Basics on Infant Care

Now that your wee one is here with you Earthside, you’re ready to start your life as a new parent.

Jul 7th, 2020
Signs That Your Child May Have Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects how a person views and interacts with the world around them, including other people.

Jun 3rd, 2020
Signs Your Child Has ADHD

Parents want the best for their child, which is why check-ups and appointments with their pediatricians are so important.

May 6th, 2020
Tips for a Great Telemedicine Visit

How your pediatricians in Springfield, VA, can help your child stay healthy While there are times where it proves impossible to physically bring your child into your pediatrician's office, there is still a way to obtain proper healthcare.

Apr 24th, 2020
Why Immunizations Are Important

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep.

Apr 20th, 2020
Treating Warts

Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Apr 3rd, 2020
Getting a Hearing Screening for Your Child

As soon as your baby is born but before they leave the hospital, they will need to undergo a hearing screening (most hospitals perform a hearing screening but it’s also a good idea to ask).

Mar 19th, 2020
Flu Seasons Worse Than Expected For Children, CDC Reports

NBC NEWS (3/7) reported “at least 34 million Americans have been sickened with the flu so far this season and an estimated 20,000 people have died from it, with the illness taking a higher-than-expected toll on children,...

Mar 10th, 2020
Treating Your Child's Allergies

Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies.

Mar 3rd, 2020
The Ominous Rise of Toddler Milk

Baby-formula sales are slumping, so the companies that make it have turned to supplements for 3-year-olds. The next move after a child is done with infant formula, according to nutrition experts, is to give them water or cow’s milk.

Feb 24th, 2020
Why Are Vaccines Important?

Vaccines are important for the health of young school-aged children. At Nova Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine in Woodbridge and Springfield, VA, pediatricians work with parents to help them keep up with their child's vaccination schedule.

Feb 21st, 2020
Signs of Strep Throat

It's important to be able to spot the differences between a regular sore throat or viral infection and strep throat. Anyone can get strep throat, but it is most common in children and teenagers.

Feb 17th, 2020
Diabetes and Your Child

With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children to understand ways to prevent diabetes,...

Feb 4th, 2020
Managing Your Child's Asthma

While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage your child’s asthma symptoms and to reduce the risk for a flare-up.

Jan 17th, 2020
Treating Your Child's Ear Infection

An ear infection is one of the most common infections that children have to deal with. In fact, most children will experience at least one ear infection by the time they are five years old.

Jan 3rd, 2020
Dietary and Nutrition Guidance

Having healthy, happy children begins with a healthy diet. We know that in this day and age life gets pretty hectic and it isn’t always easy to eat right; however, for the health of your family it is important to make healthy eating habits part of...

Dec 6th, 2019
Dealing With Sports Injuries

Millions of children across the US regularly participate in some kind of sport. No matter whether your child is a dancer, gymnast, soccer player, or football player, the goals of parents are always the same:...

Nov 26th, 2019
How to Care for Your Newborn

Once you find out you’re pregnant it seems like everything shifts focus to how you are going to take care of yourself and your unborn child.

Nov 12th, 2019
Kids and Bedwetting

Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night.

Oct 22nd, 2019
Signs of Appendicitis

Truth is, anyone with an appendix can get appendicitis—even our children. Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the hollow, finger-shaped organ attached to the end of the large intestine.

Oct 15th, 2019
Kids and Sore Throats

In infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period.

Sep 19th, 2019
Dealing With Your Child's Fever

Generally, a fever is brought on by an infection from a virus or bacterial infection. While many times a parent’s first instinct is to worry when their child has a fever, it’s not necessarily a sign that something serious is taking place.

Aug 23rd, 2019
Treating Mono in Your Child

Has your child been uncharacteristically fatigued as of late? Whereas before they were running and jumping around, now they seem more sluggish and uninterested.

Jul 18th, 2019
Treating Diabetes in Your Child

If your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you have a pediatrician you can turn to in order to create a customized and effective treatment plan.

Jun 18th, 2019
Treating Sports Injuries

Your child's sports injury can be treated just as your injury was. Or, can it? Your pediatrician knows that a child's body is still developing, responding differently to acute and overuse injuries from organized sports, gym class, and more.

Jun 4th, 2019
Mental Health Wellness and Your Child

It’s easy for parents to be able to pinpoint when there is something physically wrong with their child. They may have a fever, body aches, or abdominal pain.

May 15th, 2019
What is Autism?

What is Autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges.

May 3rd, 2019
Signs Your Child May Have the Flu

Your child just woke up with a runny nose, an elevated temperature and body aches. Could this just be a passing cold or could it be the flu? It’s important to be able to tell the difference between the two.

Apr 19th, 2019
Proper Nutrition Habits

Why Proper Nutrition is Important As a parent, it goes without saying that you want what is best for your child. Making sure that your little ones grow up healthy, happy, and prepared for the future is often one of the most difficult,...

Apr 12th, 2019
Dealing With a Broken Bone

The harder your children play, the harder they might fall. During childhood, fractures and broken bones are common for children playing or participating in sports.

Mar 20th, 2019
Dealing With Chickenpox

At some point in our childhood, we might have experienced chicken pox. While chicken pox most often occurs in children under the age of 12, it can also occur in adults who never had it as children.

Mar 4th, 2019
What is Whooping Cough?

Named after the characteristic sound of its notorious coughing fits, whooping cough is an extraordinarily uncomfortable condition that typically manifests itself in babies and in children ages 11 to 18 whose vaccine-provided immunities have begun to fade.

Feb 6th, 2019
Caring For Your Newborn

There is a lot of care and work that goes into raising a newborn, and your pediatrician is here to help right from the beginning. Your pediatrician typically sees your newborn for their very first appointment within...

Jan 17th, 2019
Does Your Child Have Vision Problems?

Does your child have vision problems? Children learn through their eyes. Healthy vision is critical for children to see the computer and chalkboard, read, write, and even play.

Jan 10th, 2019
Helping Your Child Manage a Healthy Weight

Maintaining an optimum weight is important for the health of your little one. It’s never too early to make sure that your child is adopting the best habits for maintaining a healthy weight.

Dec 17th, 2018
When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care

When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is,...

Dec 7th, 2018
The Importance of Immunizations

The importance of immunizations Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications.

Nov 19th, 2018
Cold Vs. Flu

Cold Vs. Flu Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families.

Nov 5th, 2018
Appendicitis in Children

Truth is, anyone with an appendix can get appendicitis—even our children. Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the hollow, finger-shaped organ attached to the end of the large intestine.

Feb 6th, 2018
Symptoms of Whooping Cough

When your child is sick, it can take a toll on not only them, put you as a parent. Your pediatrician is available to help you restore the health of your child.

Jan 16th, 2018
Mono: Symptoms and Prevention

Understanding Mono: The “Kissing Disease” Often called the kissing disease, mononucleosis (mono) is a caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva.

Jan 3rd, 2018
Treating a Cut

A child’s job is to explore every nook and cranny of their world, but that can often lead way to injury. From split lips to skinned knees, scrapes and cuts are rites of passage for our children.

Dec 15th, 2017
Does My Child Have a Vision Problem?

As a parent, you may rely on the results of a school vision screening or the fact that your child doesn’t report any symptoms as an indication he or she does not have a vision problem

Nov 1st, 2017
When a Sore Throat Interrupts Your Child's Health

In infants, toddlers and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period.

Oct 4th, 2017
Kids and Bedwetting: When Should I Be Concerned?

Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night.

Sep 6th, 2017
How to Protect Kids from the Sun

Too many parents wrongly assume that the sun is only dangerous when it’s shining brightly. The fact is, the sun’s rays are dangerous no matter what time of the year, and too much exposure during childhood can lead to serious problems later in life.

Aug 15th, 2017
Understanding Infant Jaundice

Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, caused by excess yellow pigment in the blood called bilirubin, which is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells.

Aug 1st, 2017
How to Keep Germs At Bay and Illnesses Away

Kids pick up germs all day, every day. Whether they are sharing toys, playing at day care or sitting in the classroom, whenever children are together, they are at risk for spreading infectious diseases.

Jul 17th, 2017
Fever Phobia? When Parents Should Call Their Pediatrician

Generally, a fever is brought on by an infection from a virus or bacterial infection. While many times a parent’s first instinct is to worry when their child has a fever, it’s not necessarily a sign that something serious is taking place.

Jul 5th, 2017
Is Eczema Causing My Child's Rash?

It’s normal for a child to get a rash at one time or another. But one common type of rash, known as eczema, can be especially troubling. Eczema refers to many types of skin inflammation,...

Jun 2nd, 2017
Understanding Childhood Asthma

A common condition seen in kids and teens, asthma is a lung condition that causes trouble breathing and shortness of breath.

May 16th, 2017
Understanding Tonsillitis

The tonsils are oval-shaped, pink masses of tissue on both sides of the throat. They are part of the body's immune system, designed to fight off bacteria and viruses that try to enter the body through the mouth.

Mar 31st, 2017
Does My Child Have a Food Allergy?

Especially during the younger years, adequate food and nutrition is vital for a child’s growth and development. But for some children, a snack or meal as simple as a peanut butter sandwich or a cup of milk can cause serious health problems.

Mar 1st, 2017
Battling Teenage Acne

Acne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Jan 3rd, 2017
How to Avoid and Manage Dreaded Head Lice

Two words parents dread hearing--head lice. Head lice are parasites that can be found on the heads of people, most common among preschool and elementary children. Each year millions of school-aged children in the U.S. get head lice.

Nov 30th, 2016
Welcome to Our Blog!

We know nothing is more important to you than your child’s health, and the more information you have,...

Nov 3rd, 2016