Advancing Children's Health

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The ability to make friends, keep friends and nurture these relationships over time is a good reflection of how well a person will thrive later in life – socially, emotionally and academically. Learning the qualities of a good and dependable friend paves the way for positive relationships in adulthood and provides children with an example of positive behavior to follow. The manner in which friendships evolve assists in the formation... View Article

Oct 11 2017

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

It goes without saying that getting an adequate amount of sleep on a regular basis is important for all of us. But for children and teens, it’s even more critical. Not getting enough sleep can have widespread effects on overall health and day-to-day functioning. Good sleep quality and quantity are crucial for children and teenagers as their bodies and brains are still developing. Sleep helps support normal cognitive functioning, which... View Article

Sep 1 2017

Richmond has been designated as the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma, but CHoR has been on a mission to help children in this ‘asthma capital’ breathe easier. Funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation made Dr. Michael Schechter’s dream of a community asthma program a reality. The launch of the You Can Control Asthma Now program in 2015 established comprehensive and coordinated asthma care for children and... View Article

Aug 31 2017

Healthy kidneys process about 180 liters (or 60 gallons!) of blood each day to sift out waste and extra water, which are flushed from the body as urine. When the kidneys aren’t working as they should, it can have a significant impact on overall health and lead to the buildup of harmful toxins. “Sometimes we know there’s an issue with the kidneys in utero or shortly after birth,” says Megan... View Article

Aug 25 2017

Fidget spinner has quickly become a household term. In fact, it’s likely you have one or more of these little gadgets in your home. The idea behind fidget spinners is that they help kids stop fidgeting and focus their attention on the task at hand. Manufacturers have even promoted them as having health benefits for children with a variety of conditions, including ADHD. Do experts agree? “I call it the... View Article

Aug 1 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

We’re honored to be ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for kidney care by U.S.News & World Report. Not for the shiny badge, but for Evan, and the countless kids like him who inspire us to keep climbing higher. Learn more about Evan and why he’s shouting from the rooftops! Evan’s journey Doctors suspected something was going on with Evan’s kidneys before he was even born. An early ultrasound showed... View Article

Jul 10 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