Looking for our 2018 calendar kids and monthly articles? New ones are posted each month.

“My tummy hurts!” When this phrase is accompanied by a brief bout of vomiting or diarrhea, it’s likely a stomach bug that will run its course. Other causes of abdominal discomfort in kids aren’t quite as obvious. “The abdomen contains the stomach, intestines and several organs,” said Flora Szabo, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist. “When you consider this, along with the complex nature of the human body and how the various systems... View Article

Jan 17 2018

When Amy Grazioso was pregnant with her son Tyler, now 12, she knew there was a chance he would be born with cystic fibrosis. Within his first two weeks of life, the diagnosis was confirmed. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which a thick and sticky mucus builds up in the organs, including the lungs. When this mucus plugs the airways, it makes breathing difficult. “It was really difficult... View Article

Jan 16 2018

When Kelly Ellis and her 4-year-old twins Huck and Hayes set out for swimming lessons on June 9, 2017, they had no idea the trip would turn their family’s world upside down. They hit a tree in a car accident that left Huck unconscious and all three of them with injuries that required urgent medical attention. The twins were flown to CHoR while Mom was transported by ambulance to VCU... View Article

Jan 11 2018

The new year will be marked by the opening of an inspirational new mental health facility, the result of Virginia leaders and citizens coming together to transform mental health care for our children. Former Virginia Treatment Center for Children patient Hallie Hovey-Murray says it best: Virginia has had much to be proud of in recent decades, including national best in class rankings in economic competitiveness, education, state parks and quality of life.... View Article

Jan 9 2018

Having an advanced level of heart care right here in Richmond has very special meaning for 12-year-old Annelise “Anna” Kaikkonen. The expertise and dedication of our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team saved Anna’s life – more than once. “They spent many, many hours working to come up with a plan to do surgery in a way that Anna would survive,” her dad, Bob, says thankfully. The Heart Center provides... View Article

Dec 31 2017

The start of school brings new friendships, sports helmets, classrooms and unfortunately, sometimes lice! Lice cause a lot of stress for both parents and schools. Not sure how to tackle the bugs or how to prevent the invasion? We can help! Head lice are small (2-3 millimeters in size, like a seed) and gray-white in color. They live on humans and if your child is affected, you may see actual... View Article

Dec 18 2017

Our clinical team has the privilege of helping to train promising future pediatricians and specialists. These residents and fellows come from near and far for comprehensive, hands-on education at CHoR. Get to know them in this spotlight series. Benjamin Yoon, MD Pediatrics Resident, PGY 3 I am a third year resident here CHoR. I’m currently involved in research to study tracheal aspirates from children with suspected ventilator associated infections, development of an... View Article

Dec 14 2017

A good night’s sleep matters just as much for a teenager as it does for a younger child, but statistics show that nearly 70 percent of teens aren’t getting the sleep they need on a regular basis. Good sleep quality and quantity are critical for children of all ages as their bodies and brains are still developing. Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis has widespread effects on overall... View Article

Dec 7 2017

Our patients inspire us each and every day. Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series comes from Harlan’s mom, Summer. She wanted to thank our nurses after what the family expected to be a routine trip to the Children’s Pavilion ended in life-changing care for Harlan, and his dad. Hello, I’m am so thankful to be able to share the wonderful experience I had while we visited... View Article

Dec 5 2017

Our child life team helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout their medical journey. They also offer personal support that includes helping patients emotionally prepare for medical procedures like surgeries, blood draws and X-rays. The child life team regularly uses breathing techniques to help kids feel calmer and relaxed. “By encouraging our patients to take slow deep breaths before a procedure starts, it helps them feel less anxious, less tense... View Article

Dec 1 2017