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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. Benjamin Yoon, MD Pediatrics Resident, PGY 3 I am a third year resident here CHoR. I’m currently involved in research to study tracheal aspirates from children with suspected ventilator associated infections, development of an... View Article

Dec 14 2017

A good night’s sleep matters just as much for a teenager as it does for a younger child, but statistics show that nearly 70 percent of teens aren’t getting the sleep they need on a regular basis. Good sleep quality and quantity are critical for children of all ages as their bodies and brains are still developing. Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis has widespread effects on overall... View Article

Dec 7 2017

Our patients inspire us each and every day. Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series comes from Harlan’s mom, Summer. She wanted to thank our nurses after what the family expected to be a routine trip to the Children’s Pavilion ended in life-changing care for Harlan, and his dad. Hello, I’m am so thankful to be able to share the wonderful experience I had while we visited... View Article

Dec 5 2017

Our child life team helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout their medical journey. They also offer personal support that includes helping patients emotionally prepare for medical procedures like surgeries, blood draws and X-rays. The child life team regularly uses breathing techniques to help kids feel calmer and relaxed. “By encouraging our patients to take slow deep breaths before a procedure starts, it helps them feel less anxious, less tense... View Article

Dec 1 2017

Since a young age, Drew Bonner has been known for “dropping knowledge.” It’s the term his mom uses to describe the adult-like opinions and comments this wise-beyond-his-years 6-year-old has about “anything and everything.” “Those who know Drew well are always interested in what he’s going to say next,” Candice explains. “He gets quiet, scrunches up his eyes, and you know he’s going to say something semi-profound. It’s the way he’s... View Article

Nov 30 2017

VCU Health and CHoR on Friday celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children. The new VTCC is the result of $56 million in funding from the Virginia General Assembly and a dedicated community of donors and mental health advocates. One in five children will experience a serious mental health issue, but 75 percent of them will not receive the care they need, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. VTCC is... View Article

Nov 21 2017

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