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Like it or not, change happens. A change can be a new baby in the family, moving to a new school or grade, or a new routine or activity. But change often includes loss. When something new comes into our lives, it can mean that something is left behind. A marital separation, new house, new school or other changes for children usually mean that the sameness of routines, familiarity of... View Article

Feb 27 2018

Congenital heart disease is the most common type of birth defect occurring in about one in 100 live births. A congenital heart defect is a problem with the heart’s structure and may involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and/or the arteries and veins leading to and from the heart. Defects range from conditions that show little to no visible symptoms in a child’s life to complex... View Article

Feb 19 2018

When Tyler Robinett discovered she was pregnant with her son Owen, now 2, her midwife told her about the CenteringPregnancy® program at VCU Health. The idea was very intriguing to the first-time mom, who liked the thought of experiencing the journey of pregnancy with other women by her side. CenteringPregnancy® brings together 8 to 12 women with similar due dates to learn skills, participate in facilitated discussions and develop a... View Article

Feb 16 2018

Long QT syndrome caused an erratic heart rhythm and left little Laurel feeling lethargic. When her mom met the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, her fear turned to confidence that Laurel was in the right hands. Laurel received a pacemaker and returns to CHoR regularly for coordinated follow-up care with her heart team and other specialists. She has plenty of energy to play with big brother, keep Mom on... View Article

Feb 14 2018

Most people don’t give breathing much thought, but cystic fibrosis can make this essential and typically ordinary act a challenge. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus. It can trap bacteria, clogging the airways and leading to recurring infections that damage the lungs and make breathing increasingly difficult over time. The heavy mucus impacts other organs, including the pancreas, where it impedes digestive... View Article

Feb 9 2018

It’s often said that parenting is one of the hardest, but most rewarding, jobs there is. No two children are the same and caring for the household and meeting each child’s unique needs is a balancing act. When a child has special needs – or even an issue that at times demands more time and attention – this balance often becomes even more delicate. Children with more involved needs, whether... View Article

Jan 26 2018

“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