Posts for: March, 2017

By West End Pediatrics
March 15, 2017

One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of illnesses is through proper hand washing.  Young children in particular need to be reminded to wash their hands, which is very important after sneezing, nose-blowing, using the bathroom and before eating. With help from your child’s pediatrician, you can help keep your child healthy.

School age children are in close contact throughout the school day are more likely to share school materials, and frequently touch their faces. Since germs from sneezing and coughing droplets can survive on surfaces for up to eight hours, teaching your child about proper hand washing is very important to maintaining their health. Your pediatrician provides this step-by-step guide for proper hand washing:

  • Turn on the water until it is warm, but not too hot.
  • Rub your hands together to get a nice, soapy lather.
  • Wash your palms, the back of your hands, fingers and under the nails.
  • Sing “Happy Birthday” or count up to 15 to 20 “Mississippi’s” to effectively wash their hands for an appropriate amount of time.
  • Dry hangs on a paper towel.
  • If at a public or school restroom, have your child turn off the faucet with the paper towel when they are done.
  • When exiting a public or school restroom, encourage your child to use the same paper towel on the handle of the bathroom door to open it and to throw it away after exiting.

Maintaining proper hand washing methods will help your child to remain healthy throughout the year. Your child’s pediatrician is available to provide you with further tips on how to maintain a healthy child. However, if your child does get sick, your pediatrician encourages you to visit their office for proper diagnosis and treatment.

By West End Pediatrics
March 07, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: ADHD  

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, is one that affects countless children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 11% of children from ages 4 to 17 may be inflicted with this disorder. As a parent, it’s important to learn as much as possible about the condition and how it can be treated with the help of your pediatricians in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Lisa Rainey or Dr. Perdita Taylor-Zapata, st West End Pediatrics.

About ADHD

This development disorder causes children to be both distracted and hyperactive. This causes these children to have a lack of focus. Trouble concentrating is a major issue for children with ADHD in school. Some common ADHD symptoms include:

  • Listening or hearing problems
  • Problems staying organized
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Laziness
  • Excessive fidgeting

These are just some of the symptoms, but being aware of them making you more conscious of your children and their likelihood to having ADHD. While some may consider this typical childhood behavior, however sometimes it becomes uncontrollable for some parents. An evaluation with a pediatrician in Alexandria can help determine whether or not your child has ADHD.

The most common way to treat ADHD is through behavioral therapy where both the parent and the child together are taught ways to manage the behaviors. In more severe cases of ADHD, medicine may be prescribed. Some experts even suggest diet changes in terms of sugar.

If you feel that your child may have signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, it’s important to seek out the help of your pediatricians in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Rainey or Dr. Taylor-Zapata, st West End Pediatrics. A trusted pediatrician who specializes in the disease can be a helpful resource during this time for you. Call West End Pediatrics today at 703-823-7400.

By West End Pediatrics
March 01, 2017
Category: Children's Health
Tags: 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. If left untreated, an inflamed appendix can rupture, leading to a lengthy hospital stay for complications including abdominal infection and bowel obstruction.  

When your child complains of stomach pain, consult your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and to ensure the health of your child. Since appendicitis is potentially life-threatening, it is important to understand the symptoms so that you can spot appendicitis in your child. In order of appearance, the symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Unfortunately, symptoms of appendicitis might also be hidden by a viral or bacterial infection that preceded it. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever may appear before the typical pain of appendicitis, which makes the diagnosis much more difficult.

Your child’s discomfort might also disappear, which will persuade you that they are better. However, this disappearance of pain could also meant that the appendix has just broken open or ruptured. The pain might leave for several hours, but this is the moment when the appendicitis becomes dangerous, making it more important than ever to visit your pediatrician for immediate care for your child.


When your pediatrician diagnoses your child with appendicitis, surgery is usually needed as soon as possible. Surgically removing the appendix is usually the treatment of choice, as it is important to eliminate the inflamed appendix before it bursts.  

While most children with abdominal pain do not have appendicitis, you can never be too safe when it comes to the health of your child. Visit your pediatrician for further diagnosis of this serious problem and to take the next steps toward a healthy child.

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