Tag Archive: feeding program

When Audrey Costa was born, her mother’s greatest hope was that she would be able to hold her daughter and look in her eyes before Audrey passed away. Tiffany Costa was 24-weeks pregnant when she found out her daughter had chronic renal (kidney) failure and would probably not survive outside of the womb. But as Costa says, “Audrey had other plans.” “She came out kicking and screaming and very much... View Article

Jul 1 2018

Anorexia or bulimia may first come to mind when you hear the term “eating disorder.” However, there are other eating-related conditions parents should be aware of that can seriously affect a child’s weight gain and growth. Highlighting a recently defined trend, Feeding Program therapist Amaka Winslow explains anxiety-based feeding disorders, how these issues can severely limit what a child eats, and what can help. I’ve never heard of anxiety-based feeding... View Article

Mar 13 2018

“When it was time for Arjun to go with the anesthesiologist, I couldn’t [let him go],” Nidhi Kohli tearfully recalled of the moments before her 5-month-old’s heart surgery in March. “I had to give Arjun to my husband so he could do it.” Born with ventricular septal defect (VSD), Arjun’s congenital heart condition was not diagnosed until he was nearly three months old when he began crying a lot, experiencing... View Article

Jun 25 2017

Eight-year-old Philip Hopkins likes to joke that he’s “FDA approved” now that he’s in the second phase of a research trial for a recently approved cystic fibrosis treatment drug. Philip was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just six weeks old, and he’s had the strong support of his dedicated family and a specialized team from our Cystic Fibrosis Center there for him every step of the way: “We love his... View Article

Jun 12 2017

By Shannon, Conor’s mom Five-year-old Conor loves sports, riding his bike and going to kindergarten. Although Conor seems like other boys his age, Conor is a little different. When he was about 10 months old, we tried to introduce solid foods into his diet. We were only successful in getting him to eat five foods, which remained his only source of nourishment for the next four years. He ate one... View Article

Sep 10 2014

Follow 10-year-old Jake on a virtual tour of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus. The bright and colorful spaces, ocean themed halls and pediatric focused equipment are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of children. Whether a child has a medical, behavioral or developmental problem that hinders their ability to eat normally, CHoR’s friendly interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated... View Article

Mar 14 2014

Do you have a picky eater in your family? Specialists from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Feeding Program are sharing their tips for helping children overcome picky eating and develop healthier eating habits. Carol Elliott, Occupational Therapist, Brandi Watts, Speech Therapist, and Tamara Neiderer, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, regularly encounter these issues at the Feeding Program, and suggest a few ways to get your picky eater enjoying every... View Article

Mar 6 2014