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Kids’ bodies are growing and changing every day and this includes certain parts of their bones. Because of this, the treatment for broken bones and bone injuries in children can be very different than the treatment for adults. Whenever a child has a broken bone or an overuse injury, growth plates – the areas in their bones that are still growing – need to be a special consideration. Here’s what... View Article

Mar 21 2019

Your child has been complaining of a headache, having trouble sleeping and not quite acting like themselves. What’s going on? If they’ve recently experienced a bump, hit or fall, it may be a concussion. Athletic trainer Kassi Kelly, MS, LAT, ATC is part of our comprehensive concussion team and helps us decode sports concussions by answering some of our parents’ frequently asked questions. Note: If your child passes out, has... View Article

Mar 17 2019

It’s okay to admit it – test-taking is stressful, for students and even for parents. That goes double for standardized testing, when entire schools basically shut down for the testing period. Students lose their sense of consistency as schedules are disrupted. They’re cooped up in classrooms for longer than usual. Their normal methods of coping or relieving stress may be inaccessible to them during this time. Students of all ages... View Article

Mar 14 2019

Your child is experiencing a dental emergency…What now? First, stay calm so you can comfort them and address the situation promptly. Then, follow the tips below. If you have concerns that the injury is serious in nature, call your dentist immediately or visit the emergency department. (It’s a good idea to keep this list handy so you can refer to it if the need arises in the future.) Broken permanent... View Article

Mar 10 2019

Danielle Amoako has a lot to say about what makes her happy about kindergarten. She loves the work stations, playing with kitchen toys at recess and sitting “criss-cross applesauce” on her classroom carpet for activities. She considers homework a favorite activity and prides herself in being able to color inside the lines when she needs to. “She’s come such a long way,” her mom Gloria acknowledges, overhearing her six-year-old readily... View Article

Mar 1 2019

Jacob had his first open heart surgery to repair tetrology of Fallot when he was just six months old. A decade later, his Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, led by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Thomas Yeh, performed a second surgery to replace a pulmonary valve – enabling the bubbly 10-year-old to keep on dancing to his favorite music! Watch Jacob’s story and hear what he has to say about his favorite... View Article

Feb 14 2019

One of the big decisions facing expectant parents is who will provide care once their little one arrives. It’s important to find a doctor and practice that can meet your family’s needs. There are several things to consider when finding the right fit for your family. When should I start looking? Some families begin the process of choosing a pediatrician during the last three months of pregnancy. Meeting with a... View Article

Feb 12 2019

Reflecting on what she’s learned from her daughter, what comes to mind first for Shonda Allen is strength. “So many times, I just don’t know how she does it,” she says. “Alyssa just keeps pushing along. When I see her being so strong, it makes me be strong and say to myself ‘Why can’t I face this little thing in life when she faces something so big every day.’” Alyssa... View Article

Jan 31 2019

Dr. Bela Sood is a busy woman. When she’s not helping kids and parents in her role as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Virginia Treatment Center for Children, you’ll probably find her advocating for policy change on their behalf, working to prevent violence throughout the community or pursuing one of her many hobbies. She does it all with unmatched passion, compassion and grace, which the Virginia Chapter, American Academy... View Article

Jan 24 2019

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