Pediatrics is a priority.
Are you pregnant? New to the Virginia Beach area? Looking for a doctor for your kids?
Set up a time to visit our office to get familiar with our great family practice.
“Newborn” doctor who treats you like family.
Newborns are special to us all. Be assured our doctors will treat your newborn like family.
Call us after your delivery to schedule your baby’s first physical between two days to a week after birth. We will evaluate the health of your baby and get a baseline of their weight.
For safety, we provide a separate entrance for newborns to minimize exposure to illness.
For parents of newborns, our practitioner will give you their contact number so you have quick access for questions or in case of an emergency.
Parents Rest Easy – We Have Pediatric Urgent Care
Maybe this has happened to you…
Your toddler wakes up one morning with a fever and cough. As mom or dad, you feel a sense of urgency to have them cared for by their own doctor as soon as possible. But can you get an appointment on such short notice?
At Blackwood Family Medicine, yes, you can. Urgent care for kids is central to our service as your child’s doctor.
We set aside same day appointments daily for the urgent needs of our patients and our sick kids are just as urgent as our ill adult.
With our extended office hours (7:30a to 6:30p Monday through Thursday; 7:30a to 5:30p Friday), we are more convenient for busy parents. We know being able to get an appointment that won’t interfere with your work schedule is important to you.
What about pediatric after hours care?
Parents, we do not currently have a pediatric after hours clinic. For pediatrics after hours, simply call the office main phone number and our excellent medical answering service will take your information and contact your child’s doctor. They will return your call or the doctor will contact you directly as soon as possible.
If you need to take your child to an emergency room for treatment, the ER staff will relay that information back to our office so we can follow up after your child’s release.
Vaccines for Children
Children who are healthy are required by law in many areas to be vaccinated and it is an important aspect of your child’s overall healthcare plan. Blackwood Family Medicine has the schedule of suggested childhood vaccines in our office and we will set up appointments as your child is due.
Choose the Best Immunizations for Children
Choosing the proper method and time to vaccinate your child may be a difficult decision as a parent. Our doctors work with you — providing current informational materials to you for making the right decision at the right time.
General Healthcare for Children – Parents as Partners
Blackwood Family Medicine will team up with you to provide educational materials on critical factors that affect your child’s growth and development.
Like no other doctor for kids.
We aim to offer family-centered care, something not often achieved at other pediatric clinics.
Access to the latest medical technology combined with recording parent input makes our health care for children among the best available.
Nutrition – information on daily balanced nutrient needs, vitamen needs at different stages, calorie intake guidelines, etc.
Stimulation or physical activity – vital to development of the mind and body help babies, children, and teens develop to their fullest.
Developmental milestones – age when first smiled, rolled over, crawled, walked, talked, etc. This data helps your doctor determine if your child’s development is on target.
Education is key to raising great and healthy kids. Charts and information are available in our office.
Parental input enhances great health care for children.
There are also several areas of priority that the critical eye of parental observation proves beneficial to your kids doctor. This includes:
Eating habits – appetite, allergies, tries new foods, likes and dislikes.
Age when reached certain milestones.
Behavior patterns – mostly happy, cries often, thumb sucking, seems afraid, anxious (as get older).
Social Skills – interaction with peers (very active vs. no interaction), any problems.
Preventive Care – Fun Facts
Germs are easily spread to the masses, and children are notorious as carriers. There are many preventive measures that parents can teach their children to keep them on the good side of health.
Forming good habits in hygiene as a youngster will transition into adulthood, helping your family and community stay ahead of many diseases.
How long should you wash your hands to know they are clean?
Teach good handwashing skills and when to use them.
A good length of time is at least 20 seconds… approximately the same amount of time it takes to sing the happy birthday song. It is important to use soap, continually rub your soapy hands under the running water, and for the best results, dry them with a cloth or paper towel. Wash hands:
- If you sneeze or cough into your hands.
- After using the restroom.
- Before handling food or eating.
- After playing with pets or animals.
- After touching handrails or other highly used public features.
The best way to cover a sneeze or cough
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Then promptly throw it in the trash. However, when a tissue is not handy, the second option is to bury your face in the bend of your arm; also known as the Dracula move. Both methods are intended to minimize the spread of germs. If you happen to sneeze or cough into your hands, wash them quickly and don’t touch anything until you do.
Always use a tissue to wipe or blow your nose.
What is proper sneezing and coughing etiquette?
Child Safety Tips from Your Kids Doctors
To minimize the need for pediatric urgent care, instill basic health and safety behaviors in your children when they are young.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Children can be particularly susceptible to dehydration as they can’t always monitor this need. Teach them to take water with them wherever they roam.
- Seat belt safety is life-saving. Children don’t understand that wearing a seat belt or being strapped into a car seat is required by law. They are capable of understanding that it is for their safety. Teach them to stay buckled up.
- Bike and safety helmets save brains. Traumatic brain injury can lead to a life of major challenges for a child. Protect their brains. No helmet equals no skating, no skateboarding, no biking, no fun. A good rule of thumb–if the pros wear it (for safety), so should you.
- Sleep is not just for beauty. A child’s body and brain need lots of rest to refresh, heal, and regenerate. Specify the importance of a good night’s sleep as essential to growing up strong and healthy.