Ann Cothran MD

Welcome Dr. Ann Cothran

Dr. Cothran joined Pediatric Associates in summer 2017. She resides in Short Pump, Virginia, with her husband, Gregg. They were recently married in summer 2017 and are enjoying settling into life as newlyweds. Dr. Cothran completed her residency in Pediatrics at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. During her time at Duke Children’s, Dr. […]

5 Tips for Picking the Right Pediatrician for You (and Your Child)

Whether you’re an expectant parent, new to the area, or just not happy with your current doctor, here are 5 tips for picking the right pediatrician for you (and your child). Get a Notebook … and Start Taking Notes. List the areas of greatest concern to you about your child’s health and well-being. Co-sleeping, Breastfeeding, […]

Swimmer’s Ear

Summer is here which means more fun in the water, whether in the lake, river or pool.  Water fun can also lead to swimmer’s ear however; there is a trick you can use in order to decrease your chances of developing swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s Ear Prevention A 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol […]

College Bound

  May is the time of year of high-school graduations, new beginnings and bitter sweet endings! You and your child might feel a little overwhelmed by the excitement of your child’s graduation and the upcoming prospect of her leaving for college. You are not alone. It is a fun time full of happiness and some […]

Why Get a REAL Check-up  

  Quick Sports Physicals Don’t Give Your Child the Care They Need   Although the quick sports physical you can get at school or a “minute clinic” seems to be incredibly convenient, it cannot give you the care that keeps you healthy.  Yearly check-ups with your pediatrician are an important part of children’s health.   We […]

Spring Allergy Tips

Allergies are Caused by Allergens Inside and Outside the Home Allergies are caused by allergens that may be something your child inhales, eats, touches or has injected into them (medication or stings). Allergic rhinitis is caused by breathing in something you are allergic to. The inside of the nose becomes swollen and inflamed resulting in […]

Better Nutrition for Your Children

“Lunchables” are not the answer Please read this short article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Lunchables are not the answer to good nutrition for your children. It’s still more healthy to cook at home and from scratch.  I know it takes more time, but it’s better for everyone.  And eat it together so your […]

Kids in the Kitchen

5 Reasons to Cook With Your Kids When it comes to raising an adventurous eater, it is not just about coaxing kids to eat their veggies. Bringing up a child who can enjoy a cantaloupe as much as a cupcake takes patience and persistence, but it does not have to feel like a chore. Cooking with […]

The New Normal to Create a Healthy Lifestyle

Today I want to focus on changes in the home that can create a culture of health and create a new normal and healthy lifestyle.  The proactive culture in the home that can arm your child with the needed skills for growing up healthy and having a normal weight in the 21st century.  It is […]

What you need to know about head injuries in Children

Head Injury – What Parents Need to Know   We are once again soon to start another sports season, and our children are on the field in a multitude of activities. Children and teens need this activity to thrive, but athletes, parents and coaches need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of brain […]

Changing the Face of Normal

When you read about the obesity epidemic in America, countless researchers refer to the obesogenic diet and culture.  We grew up with it in the 80’s and 90’s.  The Western Diet, and per Wikipedia also called the “meat-sweet” diet.   You may remember it as the culture of packaged easy grab foods void of veggies. […]

Grandma’s Honey for Coughs

Cold and flu season is upon us and with these viral illnesses come the inevitable coughing. Coughs often linger after children have substantially recovered and can disrupt sleep for the whole family.  The FDA Advisory Board has recommended that over-the-counter cough and cold preparations not be given to children under 6 years. These preparations lack […]

Dr. Tim O’Neil – Best Bedside Manner

Congratulations to Dr. Tim O’Neil from the PPV Pediatric Associates Division for winning 2nd place in OurHealth’s 2016 Best Bedside Manner in Greater Richmond. With more than 170 Pediatricians in the area, it is a great honor. Read it HERE. – Pg. 43. A HUGE thank you to all of our parents, patients, and supporters […]

Newborn Office Visits

Congratulations on the birth of your newborn! You are entering one of life’s greatest adventures- PARENTHOOD. Now what? If only this bundle of joy came with a manual . . . Enter stage left your friendly, knowledgeable pediatrician.  In a world filled with an infinite number of news and information sources, your pediatrician is the […]

Welcome Dr. Zacharias!

Dr. Madge Zacharias is a Board Certified Pediatrician, founder of the Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, and now practices with Pediatric Partnership in Glen Allen. She specializes in childhood obesity and loves helping kids learn to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Zacharias!


Anyone with an Auvi-Q device for allergy needs to replace that prescription as all Auvi-Q have been recalled. Please contact our office. Recall of all Auvi-Q products Sanofi is voluntarily recalling all Auvi-Q products in United States. The recall includes both the 0.15 mg & 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. The products […]

Pacifiers Are Not So Bad

In the early 1990’s, the World Health Organization and UNICEF recommended that pacifiers be avoided since they were seen as a deterrent to breastfeeding. A study done in Argentina put this to the test by offering pacifiers to the babies of 500 new mothers and comparing them to 500 other babies of new mothers who […]

Why Get a REAL Check-up

Yearly check-ups at your pediatrician’s are an important part of children’s health.  The quick sports physical you can get at school or a “minute clinic” cannot give you the care that keeps you healthy. We can give you broad, comprehensive care because we know you.  We can discuss old issues such as past headaches or […]


Many of you may be familiar with some of the slogans that are being developed to try and help all of us lead healthier lifestyles.  One of these is “5-2-1-0.”  It means: 5 helpings of fruits and vegetables, no more than 2 hours of screen time, at least 1 hour of activity, and 0 added […]

“Lunchables” are not the answer

Please read this short article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It’s still more healthy to cook at home and from scratch.  I know it takes more time, but it’s better for everyone.  And eat it together so your family can find out how the day went. With high levels of childhood obesity (, it […]

Small Screens in Children’s Bedrooms Can Harm Sleep

Research has shown children who have a television ( in their bedrooms have later bedtimes ( and shorter sleep duration ( A new study shows similar sleep problems in children who have a “small screen,” such as a smartphone ( in their room. The study, “Sleep Duration, Restfulness, and Screens in the Sleep Environment,” ( […]

Best Ten List for the Year – 2015

Every year there are some really good pediatric articles.  A 10 best list often comes out in our journals.   This is Dr. Michael Burke’s list (nationally prominent pediatrician).  Some of these are definitely directed at pediatricians, but I thought our parents and patients would be interested in some of them.  Take a look (hope the […]

Sleep, Attention Problems, and Bedtimes that Take Forever

SLEEP AND ATTENTION PROBLEMS Inattention and hyperactivity, key parts of ADHD, are also seen when children are sleep deprived. A large study done in Finland (Pediatrics 123:e857-864, May 2009) showed similar symptoms between sleep deprived children and those diagnosed with ADHD. If children got less than 7 ½ hours of sleep, these symptoms began to […]

Googling Health Information

Investigators in England used the Google search engine to find the answers to five common pediatric questions (Arch Dis Child 2010: 95(8): 580-2). Some of the questions were: (1) is there a link between MMR and autism (2) should a baby sleep on its back or its front, and (3) should a mother with a […]