Advancing Children's Health

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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

When Amy Taylor, LPN, joined the team at our Transitional Care Unit five years ago, she got the best of both worlds, she says, in a profession that allowed her to combine her love of nursing and her love for children. “I think about our patients on days that I’m off. I worry about them, just like I would for my own child,” she explains, noting that many of the... View Article

Aug 4 2017

“Look! He has ears like me!” That’s what three-year-old Thomas Patterson excitedly tells his parents when he sees other children with hearing aids or cochlear implants. When he attends Camp TALK, CHoR’s week-long summer camp for children receiving audiology services, Thomas is surrounded by kids “like him.” This year, he was one of 32 children who participated in this unique program designed just for them. Planning with a purpose “TALK... View Article

Jul 26 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

It’s important for adults to help children establish a healthy relationship with food. We want them to learn how to eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. We also want them to eat nutritious foods and like them. Rachel Gow, PhD, LCP, an expert on disordered eating and mom of three girls ages six and under, offers some insight including a few recommendations for rewards, such as her... View Article

Jun 14 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

On March 3, 2013, Cindy and Owen Wyatt were told that their three-year-old son, Logan, had a malignant tumor in his brain. Exactly four years later, they found themselves back at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for a very different reason. On the anniversary of their son’s diagnosis, they celebrated the opening of a room designed to offer peace and tranquility for families. The room was made possible by... View Article

Mar 9 2017