Advancing Children's Health

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Congrats to the 28 CHoR docs named one of America’s Top Doctors by their peers! Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® physician-led research team reviews nominations from doctors’ peers as well as an extensive review of the doctors’ medical education, training and hospital appointments. The following CHoR pediatricians and specialists were named in the 2017 America’s Top Doctors across 11 categories. See any of your docs on the list? Charles Bagwell,... View Article

Jun 1 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

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to graduates and their families at this year’s celebration honoring graduating high school students who have received care from our ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic and VCU Massey Cancer Center. The graduates were presented with scholarships provided by ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond–OSCAR and families who have developed scholarships in honor of their loved ones who lost their... View Article

May 25 2017

On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s... View Article

May 24 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

Teachers’ desks were piled with cards, apples and assorted treats, as students and parents thanked them for their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week. Quality education is important for all kids, but what happens if they’re in the hospital and can’t go to school? At CHoR, they keep learning with the help of the teachers in our Hospital Education Program. Our teachers Approximately two dozen full-time, master’s-level teachers work with... View Article

May 12 2017

Zorater Miles is very familiar with our You Can Control Asthma Now (UCAN) program. She’s the caregiver for her two grandchildren, 9-year-old Iyanna and 3-year-old Christian, both of whom are learning to manage their chronic asthma with the help of the UCAN team. Award-winning The UCAN program was launched in 2015 through grant funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation and provides family-focused care to the high number of children suffering from... View Article

May 9 2017

by Dr. Victoria Kuester, Orthopaedic SurgeonAs the parent of a child with growing pains, I know it can be troublesome when a child wakes up multiple times in the middle of the night with pain in their legs. Here’s information about this common childhood issue and what you can do to help: What are growing pains? Are they real? What is happening within a child’s body that causes growing pains?... View Article

May 1 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

Surgery can cause anxiety for both children and parents, particularly when experiencing it for the first time. Child Life Specialist Siri Bream has some preparation tips to help everyone face the day with confidence.How can parents prepare?The best thing you can do as a parent is educate yourself first. Ask questions of the health care team so you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect.Talking with... View Article

Apr 12 2017