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A little preparation and extra comfort go a long way for a child facing surgery. Our child life team has special training – and lots of real-life kid experience – in just what can help. From the weeks leading up to surgery to “no food” the night before and a special send-off when you leave your child’s side, there are several ways you can support your child and ease their... View Article

Apr 4 2019

The ballots have been cast for the ‘Top Docs’ in the region. Each year Richmond magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to think about which local care providers they would visit themselves or recommend to family members. When the votes were tallied, 76 of your favorite CHoR physicians and surgeons made this year’s list…and Dr. Kerri Carter even made the cover! “We’re committed to recruiting and retaining the best for our kids and families. This includes skilled clinicians, outstanding... View Article

Apr 2 2019

Last week, 9-year-old James Sites took part in a 5K in North Carolina. He was in his wheelchair for much of the race, with his big sister, Lori, and assistance-dog Zoey by his side for support. His mom, Rose, cheered from the sidelines and throughout the day James shared the signature charm he’s known for. It’s is an image that echoes his life – a family rallied around a hard-working... View Article

Mar 31 2019

Does your preschooler love to be in front of a screen? Many do, so you’re certainly not alone. When it comes to screen time, parents are faced with two separate but related challenges – 1) appropriately limiting the amount of time your child spends watching television or videos and 2) managing the types of programs your child is watching. Pediatrician, mom and former educator, Bergen Nelson, MD, offers some tips... View Article

Mar 30 2019

Kids’ bodies are growing and changing every day and this includes certain parts of their bones. Because of this, the treatment for broken bones and bone injuries in children can be very different than the treatment for adults. Whenever a child has a broken bone or an overuse injury, growth plates – the areas in their bones that are still growing – need to be a special consideration. Here’s what... View Article

Mar 21 2019

Your child has been complaining of a headache, having trouble sleeping and not quite acting like themselves. What’s going on? If they’ve recently experienced a bump, hit or fall, it may be a concussion. Athletic trainer Kassi Kelly, MS, LAT, ATC is part of our comprehensive concussion team and helps us decode sports concussions by answering some of our parents’ frequently asked questions. Note: If your child passes out, has... View Article

Mar 17 2019

It’s okay to admit it – test-taking is stressful, for students and even for parents. That goes double for standardized testing, when entire schools basically shut down for the testing period. Students lose their sense of consistency as schedules are disrupted. They’re cooped up in classrooms for longer than usual. Their normal methods of coping or relieving stress may be inaccessible to them during this time. Students of all ages... View Article

Mar 14 2019

Your child is experiencing a dental emergency…What now? First, stay calm so you can comfort them and address the situation promptly. Then, follow the tips below. If you have concerns that the injury is serious in nature, call your dentist immediately or visit the emergency department. (It’s a good idea to keep this list handy so you can refer to it if the need arises in the future.) Broken permanent... View Article

Mar 10 2019

Danielle Amoako has a lot to say about what makes her happy about kindergarten. She loves the work stations, playing with kitchen toys at recess and sitting “criss-cross applesauce” on her classroom carpet for activities. She considers homework a favorite activity and prides herself in being able to color inside the lines when she needs to. “She’s come such a long way,” her mom Gloria acknowledges, overhearing her six-year-old readily... View Article

Mar 1 2019

Jacob had his first open heart surgery to repair tetrology of Fallot when he was just six months old. A decade later, his Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, led by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Thomas Yeh, performed a second surgery to replace a pulmonary valve – enabling the bubbly 10-year-old to keep on dancing to his favorite music! Watch Jacob’s story and hear what he has to say about his favorite... View Article

Feb 14 2019