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One of the big decisions facing expectant parents is who will provide care once their little one arrives. It’s important to find a doctor and practice that can meet your family’s needs. There are several things to consider when finding the right fit for your family. When should I start looking? Some families begin the process of choosing a pediatrician during the last three months of pregnancy. Meeting with a... View Article

Feb 12 2019

Reflecting on what she’s learned from her daughter, what comes to mind first for Shonda Allen is strength. “So many times, I just don’t know how she does it,” she says. “Alyssa just keeps pushing along. When I see her being so strong, it makes me be strong and say to myself ‘Why can’t I face this little thing in life when she faces something so big every day.’” Alyssa... View Article

Jan 31 2019

Dr. Bela Sood is a busy woman. When she’s not helping kids and parents in her role as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Virginia Treatment Center for Children, you’ll probably find her advocating for policy change on their behalf, working to prevent violence throughout the community or pursuing one of her many hobbies. She does it all with unmatched passion, compassion and grace, which the Virginia Chapter, American Academy... View Article

Jan 24 2019

A recent study found that 80 percent of parents overestimate the amount of physical activity their child gets. That same study found that 75 percent of parents overestimate the intensity – which is how much energy (calories) the body uses to perform the activity. These statistics are worrisome on a number of levels. If we think a child is already getting enough physical activity, we may not be likely to... View Article

Jan 17 2019

The hospital can be a busy place, with many people coming and going. When it comes to quality care, each of these individuals is an important part of the team. This comprehensive approach ensures that care is provided for the whole child and family, not just a single body part or condition. In an academic medical center in particular, a physician may be a specialist who has been practicing for... View Article

Jan 3 2019

Though they moved from Richmond to North Carolina this past summer, Tiffany Spearman still brings her 5-year-old daughter Cayden to us for medical care. She wants to be sure her daughter stays in the caring hands that provided her hope when she needed it most. We first met Cayden when she was six months old and facing serious birth-related complications. “She was born extremely premature,” Tiffany explains. “I was looking... View Article

Dec 27 2018

Giving medication to a child can be a difficult part of the job for parents and challenging at times even for nurses and doctors. Luckily, our child life team is here to help make these moments easier and less stressful for all involved. Child life specialists work with patients and families to help minimize stress related to their health care experience and have special training in preparing children for medical... View Article

Dec 19 2018

Adolescence is a time of physical change, growing responsibility and increased independence. Teaching adolescents how to advocate for themselves and ask the right questions is an important milestone – and we can help! Read more about how we are empowering teens with NEW access to our My VCU Health patient portal. Q: What is My VCU Health? A: My VCU Health is our patient portal, a free and easy tool... View Article

Dec 14 2018

The introduction of new technology – from the earliest motion pictures to the latest smartphones – always raises concern among parents, educators, health professionals, policy makers and other adults about potentially harmful effects on our youth. Would too much attention to the latest technology exclude attention to important things like homework, chores, physical activity and face-to-face social interactions? Would there be harmful effects of exposure to the content, especially violence,... View Article

Dec 11 2018

As parents, we love and worry about our children from the moment they’re born. As they grow into adolescence, their academic and social lives become more complicated and competitive. There is so much to worry about—grades, driving, drugs and alcohol, dating and sex, friendships, social media and gaining admittance to a college which will hopefully provide them with opportunities for employment and lifelong success. We often have less time than... View Article

Dec 7 2018