Dr. John W Harrington MD, Pediatrician

Dr. John W Harrington MD


601 Childrens Lane Norfolk VA, 23507



Dr. John Harrington is a pediatrician practicing in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Harrington is a doctor who specializes in the health care of children. As a pedicatrician, Dr. Harrington diagnoses and treats infections, injuries, diseases and other disorders in children. Pediatricians typically work with infants, children, teenagers and young adults up to age 21. They practice medical care as well as preventative health care. Dr. Harrington can oversee and manage the physical, mental and emotional health of their patients.

Education and Training

New York Medical College Medical Degree 1992

St. George's University School of Medicine 1990

Columbia University Post Grad Biochemistry 1988

Tufts University B.S 1985

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics

PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 14 years of experience
Dr. John W Harrington MD
Dr. John W Harrington MD's Expert Contributions
  • Are probiotics safe for kids?

    Pro-biotics are absolutely fine to give to your child, especially after a diarrhea-type illness. The benefits are not astronomical, but they have been studied and can definitely provide some improvement back to normal a little bit faster. READ MORE

  • What can be done to control anger in small children?

    There really is no perfect way to control someone else's anger, the only thing one can do is control their own response. Most children will repeat a behavior if it is reinforced either negatively or positively. Make sure you are not accidentally reinforcing this anger behavior by allowing it to work. The better strategy is to try and find his triggers and then redirect him when he is approaching a trigger point. Otherwise other beneficial things to do center around providing positive praise when he is being good so that it will reinforce this behavior more. READ MORE

  • My daughter has a persistant fever. What should I do?

    Knowing the age of your daughter would be helpful and any other symptoms, since the differential for prolonged fever is quite large. It is likely she should follow up with her current doctor or if they are stumped with a specialist, especially if it has been more than 1-2 weeks. READ MORE

  • Is it safe to give my child a cold shower in case of a high grade fever?

    Use of a cold shower is not recommended under those circumstances. There is some benefit for a tepid shower that is warm but not hot and can provide a mild lowering to the temperature. The more important aspect is trying to assess why they have a high fever and the age of the child would be important. READ MORE

  • Is Motrin safe for a 3 year old?

    Motrin is safe to give to most 3 year-olds with pain or fever. The dose is usually 10mg/kg and that generally translates in 100-200 mg for this age group. The only caution is if the child is dehydrated and not urinating much. Motrin can have a negative effect on one's kidneys if you are not urinating frequently. READ MORE

  • Can a pediatrician also pierce childrens' ears?

    Many pediatric offices offer ear piercing. My philosophy is to wait until your child asks you to pierce them unless there is a strong family history of "keloid" formation, then the suggestion would be to pierce before age 1. READ MORE

  • My child isn't hitting their milestones properly. Is this okay?

    Children don't usually read the developmental milestones so they may achieve later milestones before earlier ones. Some infants do not like to crawl, but if they are sitting upright with a straight back and standing then it is likely their gross motor milestones are fine. READ MORE

  • My daughter is complaining of some pain when she passes urine. What could be wrong?

    There are several likely reasons in this age group that are usually potty training related. Toddler/Young female children like to try and do all their own hygiene in the vaginal area. Therefore it is important for you to make sure the area around the urethra is dry after urination. Many times a small amount of urine gets trapped behind the clitoral hood and keeps the area wet and moist. This can become red and irritated and cause pain when they urinate. The tell-tale sign is a moist/wet underwear. The treatment is to pat dry and "dab" the area after urinating. If your daughter has had fevers or previous urinary tract infections then getting a urine culture may also be needed. READ MORE

  • Is my daughter too young for antidepressants?

    The short answer is no. Many adults with depression started with symptoms during their adolescent years and the number one reason for completed suicide in adolescents is not treating the depression. READ MORE

  • My 5 year old son was diagnosed with asthma. Are inhalers safe for him at this young age?

    Your first question is a resounding "yes". Generally our goal is to switch most toddlers and children to inhalers with a spacer since it allows a more discreet dose of medication versus a nebulized form. Making sure to utilize the inhalers with the spacer is probably the best way to safely manage his asthma as well as regularly following up with your pediatrician. READ MORE

  • What are the symptoms of a concussion?

    Absolutely sounds like signs of a concussion and he should likely be prohibited from playing or wrestling at this time until his symptoms clear. He should be seen by either a sports medicine doctor or anyone who specializes in concussions. Doctors will generally ask many of the questions that you are already answering in the positive (headaches, poor sleep, residual problems with memory, etc.). READ MORE

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics Association (APA)  
  • American Medical Association (AMA)  
  • Region II APA  
  • Eastern Society Pediatric Research (ESPR)  
  • Region IV APA  

Dr. John W Harrington MD's Practice location

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

601 Childrens Lane -
Norfolk, VA 23507
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Get to know Pediatrician Dr. John Harrington, who serves the population of Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Harrington is a widely respected and venerated physician, having been in practice for over 20 years. He received his MD, and completed his residency and fellowship at New York Medical College. Dr. Harrington also completed a three-year HRSA-sponsored mentoring program for general pediatric research, and specializes in autism, obesity, child behavioral issues, and education of students and residents within CHKD. Additionally, he is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. As the father of an 18 year-old son with autism, Dr. Harrington possesses an unwavering passion for his field. He has been garnered with numerous honors and awards, including an AAP Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy for advocacy efforts to promote effectual care of children with autism. Dr. Harrington currently practices as a Pediatrician and Division Director of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Pediatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the health and medical care of infants, children, and adolescents from birth up to the age of 18. A paediatrician is a child’s physician who provides not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. A paediatrician manages physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children under their care at every stage of development, in both sickness and health.

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