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Pediatric Medicine Specialist

Franconia Pediatrics

Monica Kharbanda, MD

Board Certified Pediatrician located in Alexandria, VA

Access to the right medical care is essential to maintaining your child’s health. At Franconia Pediatrics in Alexandria, Virginia, the practice offers preventive services and treatment for children of all ages. Led by board-certified pediatrician Monica Kharbanda, MD, the practice specializes in evidence-based, one-on-one pediatric medicine. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office or book online today.

Pediatric Medicine Q & A

What is pediatric care?

Pediatric care focuses on the health care needs of babies, toddlers, children, and teens. As a pediatrician, Dr. Kharbanda specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of conditions. She partners with families to help manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children of all ages. 

What is a well-child visit?

A well-child visit is a special time for you and Dr. Kharbanda to discuss your child. The visit gives Dr. Kharbanda the opportunity to check your child’s health and ensure they’re growing and developing properly. During your child’s wellness visit, she performs a physical exam and records your youngster’s height and weight, and also their head circumference for babies and toddlers. 

The well-child visit is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to voice any concerns you have about their health. Dr. Kharbanda might also discuss your child’s nutrition and activity level as well as any immunizations they might need. 

What conditions can be prevented with immunizations?

In addition to wellness visits, immunizations are another important part of keeping your child healthy. Immunizations that your child may receive include:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Tetanus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Influenza (flu)

Immunizations are often performed during your child’s wellness visit. Immunizations are the best way to protect your child against potentially harmful diseases. 

How often should my child see a pediatrician?

How often your child should visit the pediatrician depends on their age. After your child is born, you’ll visit Dr. Kharbanda frequently during infancy and toddlerhood to keep up with the immunization schedule and ensure your little one is developing properly. At age three, visits are scaled back to once a year.

Although your child might only require a check-up once a year, you should reach out if you have any concerns or notice changes in your child’s health or development. In addition to wellness visits, Dr. Kharbanda also provides sick visits for unexpected illnesses and minor medical emergencies. 

To learn more about the importance of pediatric care, call Franconia Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.