Advancing Children's Health

Categories for Child and Family Safety

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

As your kids gather their gear and lace up their cleats for outdoor sports this spring, our sports core committee wants to remind all athletes and their families about the important role that stretching plays in protecting a child’s body from injury. Incorporating stretching exercises that increase flexibility is one of the American Academy of Pediatrics top sports injury prevention tips1 for 2017. There are multiple types of stretches that... View Article

May 24 2017

The pinwheel is a happy, uplifting symbol of childhood. For this reason, it has also become the national symbol for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CHoR has joined the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to show our support for keeping children in our community safe. “The statistics are staggering, especially when you look beyond the numbers and think about the individual children they... View Article

Apr 15 2017

Social media has made it easier than ever to connect with friends and family. It has also opened new doors for people with ill intentions to take advantage of others. Whether it’s your baby’s first doctor’s appointment or celebration after a successful therapy visit, be mindful of what you share online to protect your child’s private health information. When you’re in the hospital or another health care setting, there are... View Article

Apr 7 2017

Childhood and the teen years are challenging under the best of circumstances. Additional stressors (family problems, bullying, trauma, sexual or gender identity issues, etc.), along with depression and anxiety, could result in thoughts of suicide or even a suicide attempt – and this is not at all rare. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among children and adolescents. It’s important for all parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. to be aware... View Article

Mar 8 2017