Advancing Children's Health

Categories for Child and Family Safety

Though bullying has gained significant attention in recent years, it continues to rear its ugly head in schools and social settings nationwide. Targets of bullying are often those who don’t feel they can stand up to the injustice, so they attempt to ignore it. Unfortunately, bullies see this as an invitation to keep piling on the grief. Why do children bully? Bullying behavior stems from a sense of inadequacy and... View Article

Oct 5 2017

As the only American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Virginia, CHoR is a leader in caring for injured children. The Level 1 designation means we have pediatric specialists available around the clock to provide life-saving emergency care and that we provide total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. If your child has a serious injury or illness, stay calm and follow these steps*: -If... View Article

Oct 1 2017

Did you know that road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the U.S.? When used correctly, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent, but three out of four car seats are not used or installed properly. Corri Miller-Hobbs, program coordinator for Safe Kids Virginia at CHoR, answered questions about car seats – the different types,... View Article

Sep 22 2017

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, Aug. 21. The last time the U.S. experienced such an event was 38 years ago! During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun for a period of time and resulting in daytime darkness. While the sun will only appear completely blocked within the 70-mile-wide path of totality from Oregon... View Article

Aug 18 2017

By Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough, pediatrician The first vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner for smallpox – this was done by taking fluid from a blister of someone infected and injecting it into another person’s skin (YUCK!). We have come a long way since that time with our knowledge about vaccination and how to make vaccines safe. Why are vaccines important? Vaccines protect children against 16 diseases that can... View Article

Aug 1 2017

Youth sports provide tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children throughout their lifetime; they also come with the risk of sports-related injuries. Children’s bodies are still developing which puts them at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The most common injuries seen in children include traumatic injuries (sprains, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations, etc.) and overuse injuries (injuries that get progressively worse from a repeated movement and can worsen over... View Article

Jul 1 2017

Summer is in full swing, which means endless opportunities for fun! It also means additional opportunities for injury. We caught up with Dr. Mark Marinello, medical director of our pediatric intensive care unit and dad of four, to find out about some of the common summertime injuries he sees in the hospital along with tips for preventing them. Q: What’s it like to be a critical care doc and dad?... View Article

Jun 28 2017

Now that the school year has wrapped up, parents and children are likely to spend more time outdoors enjoying the summer sun. Whether you’re headed to the pool, beach or just the back yard, don’t forget to protect your family’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Dr. Laurie Shinn, pediatric dermatologist at CHoR, answers some common and important questions about sunscreen to help you prepare for a fun summer ahead.... View Article

Jun 22 2017

Many families will celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. For others, the holiday will serve as a reminder that an actively engaged father has not been part of their reality. “Fathers serve as role models and mentors in children’s psychological and behavioral development. When fathers are not involved, children often experience emotions such as anger, anxiety and uncertainty,” said Dr. Bela Sood, child and adolescent psychiatrist with our Virginia Treatment Center... View Article

Jun 15 2017

Here’s a quick reference guide to allergic reactions and how to help from allergy and immunology specialist Dr. Santhosh Kumar. Nasal allergies The term allergy describes a condition where the body over-responds to a harmless substance. When a substance triggers an allergic response in the nose, it is considered a nasal allergy. Common symptoms of nasal allergies include: Sneezing Runny nose Itchy/watery eyes Stuffy nose Nose bleeds Decreased sense of... View Article

Jun 1 2017