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“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” From these opening lines, the Dr. Seuss classic One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish brings together simple rhymes, whimsical illustrations and the promise of fun in a book that’s considered a great learning tool for beginning readers. Describing the book as both “fantastic and fun,” our therapy team recommends reading this type of book often –... View Article

Mar 26 2018

Tiffany Adams has gotten used to the drive from Norfolk to Richmond. So have her three children. They make the trip regularly so the youngest, Annabelle, can receive care at CHoR. Annabelle sees specialists in multiple service lines, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology and surgery. Appointments are coordinated and scheduled together as often as possible, so it’s not unusual for the family to have multiple appointments in one day.... View Article

Mar 22 2018

The smallest, sickest and most medically complex newborns in Central Virginia get the dedicated, specialized care they need right here at CHoR in our neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU’s quiet surroundings, 32 private rooms and advanced technologies create a healing environment for premature and critically ill newborns, and their families.  Central line infections – zero is our hero! Central lines are a key part of the care provided in... View Article

Mar 17 2018

Anorexia or bulimia may first come to mind when you hear the term “eating disorder.” However, there are other eating-related conditions parents should be aware of that can seriously affect a child’s weight gain and growth. Highlighting a recently defined trend, Feeding Program therapist Amaka Winslow explains anxiety-based feeding disorders, how these issues can severely limit what a child eats, and what can help. I’ve never heard of anxiety-based feeding... View Article

Mar 13 2018

Eleven-year-old Hazel loves Minecraft, scootering and playing outside. She’s also a black belt in tae kwon do. Assigned male at birth, Hazel (named Lachlan at the time) was the youngest of four boys. As she grew older, she didn’t identify with this assigned sex. To Hazel, she was a girl. By the end of her second grade year, she and her parents reached an important milestone in ensuring that the... View Article

Mar 9 2018

Like it or not, change happens. A change can be a new baby in the family, moving to a new school or grade, or a new routine or activity. But change often includes loss. When something new comes into our lives, it can mean that something is left behind. A marital separation, new house, new school or other changes for children usually mean that the sameness of routines, familiarity of... View Article

Feb 27 2018

Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect occurring in about one in 100 live births. A congenital heart defect is a problem with the heart’s structure and may involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and/or the arteries and veins leading to and from the heart. Defects range from conditions that show little to no visible symptoms in a child’s life to complex... View Article

Feb 19 2018

When Tyler Robinett discovered she was pregnant with her son Owen, now 2, her midwife told her about the CenteringPregnancy® program at VCU Health. The idea was very intriguing to the first-time mom, who liked the thought of experiencing the journey of pregnancy with other women by her side. CenteringPregnancy® brings together 8 to 12 women with similar due dates to learn skills, participate in facilitated discussions and develop a... View Article

Feb 16 2018

Long QT syndrome caused an erratic heart rhythm and left little Laurel feeling lethargic. When her mom met the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, her fear turned to confidence that Laurel was in the right hands. Laurel received a pacemaker and returns to CHoR regularly for coordinated follow-up care with her heart team and other specialists. She has plenty of energy to play with big brother, keep Mom on... View Article

Feb 14 2018

Most people don’t give breathing much thought, but cystic fibrosis can make this essential and typically ordinary act a challenge. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus. It can trap bacteria, clogging the airways and leading to recurring infections that damage the lungs and make breathing increasingly difficult over time. The heavy mucus impacts other organs, including the pancreas, where it impedes digestive... View Article

Feb 9 2018