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A recent study found that 80 percent of parents overestimate the amount of physical activity their child gets. That same study found that 75 percent of parents overestimate the intensity – which is how much energy (calories) the body uses to perform the activity. These statistics are worrisome on a number of levels. If we think a child is already getting enough physical activity, we may not be likely to... View Article

Jan 17 2019

The hospital can be a busy place, with many people coming and going. When it comes to quality care, each of these individuals is an important part of the team. This comprehensive approach ensures that care is provided for the whole child and family, not just a single body part or condition. In an academic medical center in particular, a physician may be a specialist who has been practicing for... View Article

Jan 3 2019

Though they moved from Richmond to North Carolina this past summer, Tiffany Spearman still brings her 5-year-old daughter Cayden to us for medical care. She wants to be sure her daughter stays in the caring hands that provided her hope when she needed it most. We first met Cayden when she was six months old and facing serious birth-related complications. “She was born extremely premature,” Tiffany explains. “I was looking... View Article

Dec 27 2018

Giving medication to a child can be a difficult part of the job for parents and challenging at times even for nurses and doctors. Luckily, our child life team is here to help make these moments easier and less stressful for all involved. Child life specialists work with patients and families to help minimize stress related to their health care experience and have special training in preparing children for medical... View Article

Dec 19 2018

Adolescence is a time of physical change, growing responsibility and increased independence. Teaching adolescents how to advocate for themselves and ask the right questions is an important milestone – and we can help! Read more about how we are empowering teens with NEW access to our My VCU Health patient portal. Q: What is My VCU Health? A: My VCU Health is our patient portal, a free and easy tool... View Article

Dec 14 2018

The introduction of new technology – from the earliest motion pictures to the latest smartphones – always raises concern among parents, educators, health professionals, policy makers and other adults about potentially harmful effects on our youth. Would too much attention to the latest technology exclude attention to important things like homework, chores, physical activity and face-to-face social interactions? Would there be harmful effects of exposure to the content, especially violence,... View Article

Dec 11 2018

As parents, we love and worry about our children from the moment they’re born. As they grow into adolescence, their academic and social lives become more complicated and competitive. There is so much to worry about—grades, driving, drugs and alcohol, dating and sex, friendships, social media and gaining admittance to a college which will hopefully provide them with opportunities for employment and lifelong success. We often have less time than... View Article

Dec 7 2018

Children are screened for hearing loss at birth, but hearing loss and hearing problems can also develop during childhood. Sometimes it’s temporary – like ear infections – but other times it’s permanent, and it can be nearly impossible to tell the difference without the proper testing. Hearing testing As they age, children often get routine hearing screenings in the pediatrician’s office or at school, but any parent who has concerns about... View Article

Dec 3 2018

“They’ve done wonders,” Brandy Richmond says about our kidney team and how they helped her 5-year-old daughter Leelynd. For nearly four years, Leelynd spent 12 hours each day undergoing dialysis, a treatment that involves having a machine do the job her failing kidneys couldn’t do for her body. She was also unable to eat by mouth due to related issues and had a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube connected to her... View Article

Nov 30 2018

Within the first few days of her life, Serenity, now 1 year old, was diagnosed with a partial atrioventricular septal defect, a hole between the chambers of the left and right sides of the heart, and severe leakage of her heart’s mitral valve. Her mother, Heather, was told by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team that Serenity would need surgery to repair the defect, and her long term prognosis... View Article

Nov 19 2018