Category Archives: Safety & Prevention

Coronavirus Update

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, we here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, have implemented the following precautionary measures to screen for possible high-risk patients. If you have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea (or any areas with confirmed ongoing community transmission) in the past 14 days or have come in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 and have a fever

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When to Call the Pediatrician

If your child is two months or younger and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher, call your pediatrician immediately. This is an absolute necessity. The doctor will need to examine the baby to rule out any serious infection or disease. You also may need to notify the doctor if your child is between three and six months

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Best Ways to Take a Temperature

There are several ways to take your child’s temperature. What type of thermometer should you select? The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends mercury thermometers because these glass thermometers may break and, as their mercury vaporizes, it can be inhaled, resulting in toxic levels. Digital electronic thermometers are better choices. Digital devices can measure temperatures in your child’s mouth or rectum. As with

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Influenza Vaccine: Why you should get vaccinated?

It is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or nasal secretions. Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, symptoms last only a few days. They include: fever/chills sore throat muscle aches fatigue cough headache runny or stuffy nose Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for

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Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections. About 1,000 – 1,200 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. Even when they are treated

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Attention ParentsCoronavirus Update

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, we here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, have implemented the following precautionary measures to screen for possible high-risk patients. If you have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan or South Korea (or any areas with confirmed ongoing community transmission) in the past 14 days or have come in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 and have a fever and respiratory symptoms, please CALL the Arlington County Health Department at 703-228-5200 or the Virginia Department of Health at 1-877-275-8343.

PLEASE DO NOT COME DIRECTLY TO OUR OFFICE.

We ask that you follow our instructions to prevent the spread of COVID19 and keep our community safe. Thank you for your understanding.

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Now Offering TelemedicineWe are now offering telemedicine services for sick AND well-child visits. Please call our office at 703-522-4780 for more details.