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Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series tells the story of a thankful mom and dad from Chesterfield, Virginia. Read more about how one call to the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children and a connection with a family navigator helped them turn heartbreak into hope.    Dear VTCC executive director, The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at Virginia Treatment Center for Children... View Article

Jun 7 2018

“I marvel at how much he’s able to do when I think back on where we started with his feet,” Allison Wolf says thankfully about her 4-year-old son Colton, whose list of favorite activities includes playing soccer, swimming, doing gymnastics and racing BMX bikes. “He’s a very active kid.” Colton was born with clubfoot, a deformity of the positioning of the foot. With this condition, the foot points downward and... View Article

Jun 1 2018

Our children are exposed to media with a frequency that can quickly become overwhelming. Reports vary on exactly how much time the average U.S. child spends in front of a screen and taking in media overall, but they tend to agree on the fact that it’s too much. This is particularly true for teens and tweens whose media use, on average, is second only to time spent sleeping. What can... View Article

May 31 2018

Today, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new child passenger safety bill that could help save lives. The new bill requires children in Virginia to remain rear-facing in their car seats until age 2 or the minimum weight limit called for by the car seat manufacturer. If your vehicle does not have a back seat, the child may sit in the front passenger seat but only when the passenger seat airbag... View Article

May 29 2018

Swimming can be a source of endless fun for kids, especially during the summer, but being in and around pools, rivers, oceans and other bodies of water can also sometimes be dangerous. Drowning is a leading cause of death and injury for children of all ages and brings children to our Level 1 pediatric trauma center each year. Two-thirds of drowning deaths occur between May and August. To ensure a... View Article

May 24 2018

The gloomy weather didn’t stop more than 400 guests from filling the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts for the 2018 Dancing with the Richmond Stars. Modeled after the hit television show, this annual fundraiser pairs recognizable local personalities with professional dance partners to wow audiences with their footwork, grace and commitment to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Proceeds from this year’s event will fund the children’s activity... View Article

May 22 2018

Debilitating stomach pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, dietary restrictions – As though the teenage years aren’t challenging enough, adding the symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions to the mix can make navigating adolescence especially difficult. When licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Alyssa Ward joined our gastroenterology and nutrition team two years ago, her teenage patients began asking for a support group almost immediately. “Kids with conditions causing abdominal pain and impacting bowel function... View Article

May 16 2018

In the next few months, many teens will be preparing for college. Part of this transition includes college-bound students taking over management of their own health care. To be sure they know the steps to take, share the following health care to-do list from adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Richard Brookman. These steps can help simplify the process and ensure good health when away from home. Health care checklist Before you... View Article

May 8 2018

Not all kids are college bound after high school, but many are. For parents who are sending a child off to college for the first time, reactions are often a mixed bag of pride and worry as they contemplate where their “precious baby” is going to land! For the teenager, excitement, confusion and a lack of planning are usual. Oh! The fantasy of leaving childhood and becoming a bona-fide adult,... View Article

Apr 26 2018

In the five years he’s been using his communication device, Gakeyce Kearney’s vocabulary has expanded exponentially. He’s grown from being able to say four pre-set phrases to being able to answer questions when he chats with friends. What’s most impressive, though, is that this engaging 10-year-old does it all using his eyes. Gakeyce has cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to control certain muscles and to form words. The effects... View Article

Apr 24 2018