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11349 Sunset Hills Road
Reston, VA 20190

Office Hours:

MONDAY:
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

TUESDAY:
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

THURSDAY:
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FRIDAY:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SATURDAY:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM in our South Riding Office

Our office phones are closed daily for lunch from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.

Our office is closed on Sundays.

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The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and may not be construed as providing medical advice. The content on this website is not intended as, and should not be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Do not use or rely on the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, ailment or illness, promptly seek the counsel of a professional health care professional.

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  • Abdominal Pain
    There are many potential causes of belly pain.  Any pain that is severe or prolonged deserves a visit to the office.  The information below is designed to help with suggestions for relief overnight for acute onset abdominal pain and to determine whether or not to seek emergency care for your child. Emergency Care: Call us […]
  • Acetaminophen Dosage
    **Please be advised that the concentration of INFANT   ACETAMINOPHEN has changed as of August, 2011.  PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE CONCENTRATION LISTED ON YOUR BOTTLE BEFORE DOSING YOUR CHILD.  CALL OUR OFFICE WITH ANY QUESTIONS.   Dosing :  ¼ tsp=1.25ml     ½ tsp=2.5ml    1 tsp=5ml   ACETAMINOPHEN  DOSING (TYLENOL) Infant Drops-OLD Infant Drops-NEW Children’s Suspension Children’s Chewables […]
  • Allergic Reactions
    For Seasonal Allergies, click here. Allergic reactions are common.  Allergic reactions occur when our immune system overreacts to substances called allergens that we come into contact with through our skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and/or gastrointestinal tract. They can be breathed into the lungs, swallowed, touched, or injected.  Substances that don’t bother most people (such […]
  • Colds (Upper Respiratory Infection)
    Definition Runny or stuffy nose, sometimes with fever, sore throat, cough, hoarse voice or swollen glands in the neck Other causes of nasal congestion: Many children and adults have a profusely runny nose in the winter when they are breathing cold air. This usually clears within 15 minutes of coming indoors. This requires no special […]
  • Colic
    Definition: Colic means excessive crying in an infant 2 to 12 weeks of age who is otherwise healthy. It is a very common occurrence among infants, and the cause is unknown. Because many physical problems can cause excessive crying in an infant, the diagnosis of colic should be made only by a doctor. Symptoms of […]
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
    General Information The conjunctiva is a thin clear membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the eyeball. Pink eye is the inflammation or infection of that membrane. It occurs very commonly in all age groups. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, injury, allergy or foreign body. Infants can have repeated episodes of conjunctivitis secondary […]
  • Constipation
    Constipation is a common illness that affects both small infants and older children. It can be a source of pain and embarrassment for the child, and frustration for the parent. In general, we define constipation by pain and effort, instead of duration. For instance, some babies stool every 5th day. This is normal as long […]
  • Cough
    Cough is one of the most frustrating symptoms to deal with as a parent, and equally frustrating for the physician. MOST of the time there is very little that can be done about a cough. Emergency Care Quick reference guide: Call us or seek emergency care if: Your Baby seems unable to latch to a […]
  • Croup
    Perhaps one of the most frightening of the common childhood illnesses that we deal with as parents is croup. Your child may wake up in the middle of the night with a barky cough, or even gasping for breath, and leave you feeling panicked. This is what croup is all about: Croup actually describes a […]
  • Day Care/School Exclusion Criteria
    When can my child return?  Is it contagious? Should I cancel the a) play date b) birthday party or c) family visit? Exclusion criteria have been practiced for decades and there is a great deal of practical evidence that they are ineffective. (We docs are still in business). Before blaming your best friend for bringing […]
  • Diaper Rash
    Diaper rash is one of the most common pediatric health issues. Nearly all children develop a rash or inflammation in their diaper area at some time, often during the first year of life. Most of these rashes are caused by contact with moisture and irritants found in urine and stool. The steps outlined below should […]
  • Ear Infections
    Ear pain is one of the biggest causes of distress and sleepless nights for children and their parents.  For those of us who have experienced one of those sleepless nights with our children we understand how difficult they can be! However, it rarely is a true emergency that necessitates a middle of the night ER […]
  • Fever
    Fever is the number one concern for which parents call us and the number one symptom for which we see patients in the office. Fever can be frightening and concerning for parents, but it doesn’t have to be. What is a fever? Fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. Most pediatricians consider […]
  • Flu (Influenza)
    What is influenza or “flu”? Seasonal influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is a virus that infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs).  The flu season usually extends from October to April. What are the symptoms of flu? Symptoms of the flu include fever, fatigue, runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, headache and body […]
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
    What is it? Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFM) is a common illness that we see in children. The disease is most common in toddlers and school age children but can be seen rarely in adolescents. It is caused by a VIRUS known as the coxsackie virus, so antibiotics will NOT treat this illness. What are the signs […]
  • Head Injury
    If your child recently experienced head trauma either through a fall or a collision, the questions below will help you to determine if you need to seek emergency care for your child. Did your child cry right away? YES Did they recognize you as their parent? YES Have they vomited since the accident? NO Do you see bleeding […]
  • Head Lice
    Very few medical topics give people the heebie jeebies as much as head lice.  It is a very common affliction and there are many misconceptions.  Most importantly, these little critters do not harbor any dangerous diseases, and with persistent treatment and patience can be eradicated within 1-2 weeks. Signs: SCALP ITCHING!  The most common sites of […]
  • Ibuprofen Dosage
    IBUPROFEN DOSING (MOTRIN, ADVIL).  NO CHANGE TO INFANT CONCENTRATIONS OF IBUPROPHEN (Must be 6 months or older) Dosing :  ¼ tsp=1.25ml     ½ tsp=2.5ml    1 tsp=5ml Infant Drops Children’s Suspension Children’s Chewables Jr. Strength Chewables Junior Strength Caplets Concentration 50 mg/1.25ml 100 mg/5 ml 50 mg each 100 mg each 100 mg WEIGHT AGE use dropper […]
  • Lyme Disease
    If you have a child and you are doing the right thing by encouraging them to get outside and enjoy nature, chances are almost 100 percent that your little loved one will be bitten by a tick.  Please DO NOT let this anxiety prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors!  By and large most tick […]
  • Over–The–Counter Medications
    Over–the–Counter (OTC) medications can be very confusing and potentially dangerous for parents and their children.  Even doctors and nurses can feel overwhelmed and confused when walking into the cold/flu aisle of your local pharmacy. There are hundreds of products each supposedly providing relief for different symptoms. We are going to try and help take away […]
  • Poison Ivy (Oak, Sumac, Etc.)
    WHAT IS IT? This is a contact allergy that is caused by urushiol oil. Urushiol oil is found on poison ivy, oak and sumac. The oil can be irritating for up to 5 years after the plants are dead. You can inhale the oil when the plants are burned, and as little as one nanogram […]
  • Preventing Common Infections
    By spending a few minutes learning about how infections are spread, you may be able to significantly reduce the number of times you and your children become ill this winter. Despite many people’s beliefs, colds are not caused by being cold; they actually spread from one person to another. The germs that cause colds and […]
  • Rashes
    By definition, a rash is a change in the color or texture of skin. There is huge variation in the appearance and cause of different types of rashes. When you call us about a rash it is helpful to describe the rash to us. Some ways to describe a rash that can help us with […]
  • Recommended Reading For Parents
    The doctors of Farrell and South Riding Pediatrics have composed this list of books for parents. This list is a collection of books we as doctors and/or parents have found useful to assist parents with raising their children. There are thousands of books available to parents and this list is just a small sampling. We […]
  • Returning To School or Daycare
    In general, a child should not return to school or daycare until they have had no fever for 24 hours. Please keep in mind that individual illnesses have different times of contagion. There is no set rule for all viruses or bacterial illnesses. Some rashes are not contagious, but others are. Please check with your […]
  • Seasonal Allergies
    Also known as “Hay Fever” or “Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis” Your child may be suffering from Seasonal Allergies if he/she has some of the following symptoms: Sneezing Congestion Runny nose Cough Itchy nose/throat These symptoms typically occur during a certain time of year, such as when outdoor molds release their spores or trees, grasses, and weeds release […]
  • Sore Throats and Strep
    Sore throats are one of the most common illnesses that affect children. There are many different causes of sore throat, the overwhelming majority of these being viruses. Common viral infections that may cause a sore throat include: influenza, parainfluenza, RSV, rhino virus, Coxsackie virus, adenovirus, herpes, EBV, CMV, and countless others. Typical symptoms that may […]
  • Swimmers Ear—Otitis Externa
    During the summer months, we start seeing a lot of “swimmer’s ear”, but if your child or adolescent is on a swim team year round, you may be dealing with this problem regardless of the month. Basically, otitis externa is an infection of the skin that lines the ear canal. When water repeatedly gets trapped […]
  • The Ill Child
    “The ill child” can be a term that means different things to doctors and parents. The main goal is to determine if the child might be seriously ill. One key factor is to remember that the height of the fever is NOT as important as how a child is acting. For example, a child with […]
  • Vomiting & Diarrhea
    Vomiting and diarrhea are common in children. Both are almost always caused by viruses, and no medicines are used to stop either. Both usually resolve without any medical intervention. If your child is vomiting, stop all food and drink for at least one hour. After an hour, give one teaspoon ONLY of clear liquid (Pedialyte […]