Sick Visit Specialist

Franconia Pediatrics

Monica Kharbanda, MD

Board Certified Pediatrician & Pediatric Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

At Franconia Pediatrics in Alexandria, Virginia, the practice offers sick visits to help your child recover as quickly as possible. Led by board-certified pediatric specialist Monica Kharbanda, MD, the practice specializes in patient-centered, evidence-based care. To schedule your child’s sick visit, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sick Visit Q & A

What is a sick visit?

Even the healthiest children get sick from time to time. When your child experiences an illness, it can be difficult to determine the best way to help them feel better. 

At a sick visit, Dr. Kharbanda examines your child and asks about their symptoms, then provides you with a diagnosis and gives you guidance on the best way to care for your child. Whether the solution is bed rest, over-the-counter medication, or antibiotics, Dr. Kharbanda partners with you and your family to effectively restore your child’s health. 

What conditions can be addressed during a sick visit?

Dr. Kharbanda offers care for a wide range of conditions including:

  • Ear infections
  • Colds 
  • Flu
  • Fevers
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin infections
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Pink eye
  • Strep throat
  • Asthma flare-ups


In addition to an exam, Dr. Kharbanda may do in-office testing, such as a rapid strep test, to pinpoint a diagnosis and provide the right treatment for your child’s condition. If your child is exhibiting concerning symptoms, a sick visit can give you peace of mind and help your child recover more quickly. 

When should I take my child to the emergency room?

Most of your child’s unexpected medical needs can be addressed during a sick visit. As a parent, it can be difficult to decide if your child’s illness warrants a trip to the emergency room. If you’re unsure what to do, you can call to speak with the team at Franconia Pediatrics for advice.

If your child’s symptoms include seizures, breathing difficulties, or loss of consciousness, you should seek emergency services. You should also seek emergency medical attention in the event of traumatic injuries or large wounds. 

But if your child’s condition isn’t an urgent need or a life-threatening emergency, a sick visit gives you access to the medical care you need without spending hours in the emergency room. 

What should I expect during my appointment?

In most cases, the team takes your child’s temperature during a sick visit. Dr. Kharbanda examines your child to determine the underlying cause of their symptoms. Be prepared to discuss your child’s symptoms, when they started, and any home remedies you’ve tried. Dr. Kharbanda uses this information to inform her diagnosis and determine the most effective treatment. She gives you guidance on how to care for your child at home and instructions for when to bring your child back for a follow-up visit, if necessary. 

Franconia Pediatrics provides personalized care, ensuring your child’s treatment is based on their individual needs. If your child needs a sick visit, book an appointment by phone or online today.