Advancing Children's Health

Looking for our 2017 calendar kids and monthly articles? New ones are posted each month.

Distractions surround children during the school day and it’s often much more than classmates talking. During the elementary school years, children’s sensory systems aren’t fully developed. Their central nervous systems are still maturing in terms of how they process information from the senses (sights, sounds, touches, etc.) and react to it in a behaviorally appropriate way. Children are better equipped to maintain attention to tasks, respond to what’s going on... View Article

Nov 13 2017

Having an MRI isn’t what it used to be. Our Children’s Pavilion is now home to the only dedicated pediatric 3T MRI in Central Virginia. What does this mean for kids and families? A lot! Benefits of 3T MRI Pediatric MRI is an essential tool for the diagnosis and monitoring of many conditions, including neurological and orthopedic conditions, as well as cancer and congenital heart disease. A 3 tesla MRI... View Article

Nov 7 2017

When the school year starts, putting together healthy family meals can feel like just another part of the daily grind. Even so, there’s a lot to be gained by making meals at home a priority! There are many benefits to preparing homemade food and connecting over meals. Staying well-fueled Well-balanced nutrition means you’ll have the energy to handle all your other commitments and your kids will stay energized and focused... View Article

Nov 2 2017

The following answers were provided by Jenna Brand, urology nurse practitioner. Our urology team works with children and their families to address a wide range of issues including bedwetting, daytime wetting, voiding dysfunction and urinary infections as well as more complex and chronic urologic conditions such as hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux and neurogenic bladder. Is it common for a child to wet the bed? Nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, is a common... View Article

Nov 1 2017

Grinning playfully, Luca Watkins zoomed around the third floor of the Children’s Pavilion during our 2017 calendar photo shoot, showing off his new mobility equipment and checking out our water-themed interactive wall display. He’d been using a dynamic stander (pictured with him in his calendar photo) for about two months. Being a curious two-year-old, he’d already mastered how to move himself around in it quickly – which kept our photographer... View Article

Oct 31 2017

When kids are in the hospital, their bodies are already vulnerable by the very nature of their illness or injury. This puts them at increased risk for sepsis, the body’s extreme immune response to a bacterial infection that gets into the blood. Sepsis is a medical emergency and requires urgent treatment. Changing the statistics CHoR is among a group of 47 children’s hospitals across the country working together in the... View Article

Oct 27 2017

Our clinical team has the privilege of helping to train promising future pediatricians and specialists. These residents and fellows come from near and far for comprehensive, hands-on education at CHoR. Get to know them in this spotlight series over the next several months.   Ashley Sullivan, MD Pediatrics Resident, PGY 3 I am from Memphis, TN, but completed college and medical school in Mississippi. I love the tandem block schedule at VCU. Not only... View Article

Oct 24 2017

After an extensive national search, Elias Neujahr has been named the first CEO of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective Dec. 3. Neujahr joins CHoR from CHRISTUS Health System where he served as president of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio employs more than 170 pediatric health care providers. As president, Neujahr led successful efforts... View Article

Oct 20 2017

Allyson Manchester was a seemingly healthy teenager, active in sports and her high school color guard, when she began experiencing chronic ear infections in late 2014. What Allyson, her parents and even her doctors didn’t realize at the time was that these were the first signs of a more serious disease. Just five months after her ear infections healed, the soreness in her legs began. Despite Allyson’s on-the-go lifestyle, doctors... View Article

Oct 18 2017

The ability to make friends, keep friends and nurture these relationships over time is a good reflection of how well a person will thrive later in life – socially, emotionally and academically. Learning the qualities of a good and dependable friend paves the way for positive relationships in adulthood and provides children with an example of positive behavior to follow. The manner in which friendships evolve assists in the formation... View Article

Oct 11 2017