Advancing Children's Health

Tis the Season of Giving: CHoR Receives $28 Million Gift to Develop Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center

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Dec 16 2014

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (CHoR) on Tuesday announced an unprecedented $28 million gift from Children’s Hospital Foundation, the single largest gift to pediatric health care in VCU’s history and one that will establish a pediatric cardiac surgery program in Richmond. The gift advances pediatric heart care in Central Virginia through the development of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center at CHoR. “This is another example of how VCU is helping to ensure that the children of the Richmond region have access to world-class health care in their own backyard,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System. “We have committed again and again that we will help the people who need us, including... View Article

Winter Woes: Coats and Car Seats

Dec 10 2014

When we have child safety questions, we turn to our in-house expert, Corri Miller-Hobbs. She’s a mom, registered nurse and Safe Kids Virginia Program Coordinator. Q: How do you help keep kids safe in the car during the winter months? A: Parents can help keep their children warm and safe when traveling this winter by following this car seats and coats tip: Unfortunately if heavy coats, snowsuits, and blankets are worn under the child safety seat straps, caregivers mistakenly think they have the child safety seat straps snug and close to their child’s body, offering protection. In reality, during a crash all the fabric compresses and the child can shift within their safety seat, possibly being thrown from the safety... View Article

Children’s Pavilion ‘Topping Out’ Marks Construction Milestone

Dec 2014
Dec 1 2014

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (CHoR) on Monday “topped out” its new Children’s Pavilion, marking the placement of the highest steel beam of the pavilion’s 15-story structural frame.With the highest beam in place, CHoR is one step closer to the completion of the region’s most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children. The $168 million, 640,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2016. The pavilion will house 72 exam rooms; a surgical area with two operating rooms and two procedure rooms; areas for diagnostic testing, imaging and laboratory services; as well as family amenities, retail space and faculty offices. Construction also will include an attached parking garage with more than 600 spaces.The new facility will enhance the mission... View Article

First Aid for Dental Trauma

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Oct 30 2014

When a trauma occurs to a baby tooth, the permanent teeth forming under the gums may also be affected. Knowing what steps to take following a dental trauma can make a huge difference in protecting a child’s teeth. In the steps outlined below, Pediatric Dentist Dr. Patrice B. Wunsch provides a general overview of what to do and what to consider when a child’s tooth is chipped, moved or knocked out. This information is based on American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Guidelines. For additional dental care tips, visit their website at     Baby tooth trauma What to do if the following occurs to a baby (primary) tooth… Chipped baby tooth – Contact your child’s dentist or go to... View Article

Hands-On Fun: Fall Handprint & Thumbprint Crafts

Oct 15 2014

Get the whole family involved in making Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations this year with art projects that encourage hands-on fun for all ages and ability levels! These fall-themed crafts are recommended by specialists from CHoR’s Child Life Department. Handprint Spider Materials:  White paper Pencil Paint Scissors Googly eyes Glue Trace your child’s hands with a pencil and have your child fill in the handprints with paint or paint your child’s hands and have child make a handprint of each hand. Once the paint is dry, cut out the handprints and have your child glue the edges of the palms together then glue googly eyes in the middle of the “spider” creation. Note: This activity could be enhanced by helping children... View Article

For a Great Start to the School Year, Nuture a Healthy Inner Voice

Sept 2014
Sep 3 2014

Though it is something to consider throughout the year, the start of a new school year can be a particularly important time to reflect on the ways we can help nurture a child’s inner voice. In the article below, licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Josie Castaldi shares information about the many ways adults can influence a child’s inner voice and self-confidence. All of us have an inner voice that has the potential to either coach and soothe us in a positive manner or criticize and belittle us in a negative way. When children are young and spending much of their time being cared for by adults, they begin to take in the messages we provide verbally, as well as from the... View Article

Questions, Answers & Myths about the HPV Vaccine

Stephanie Crewe
Aug 15 2014

August is National Immunization Awareness Month Immunizations have helped children stay healthy for more than 50 years and have reduced the number of vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90 percent. One of the newest vaccines added to the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule of immunizations is the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine, which was recommended in 2007 for females and in 2012 for both males and females (based on updated data). This vaccination for pre-teens and teens is a source of many questions from parents, and in the overview below adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Stephanie Crewe provides general information about the HPV vaccine and when it should be administered for the best protection. What is a vaccine and why do we... View Article

Every Step Counts: Pedometers & Accelerometers Can Help

Jul 7 2014

Parents are constantly searching for ways to get kids moving and to keep them active for a lifetime. The proven benefits of regular physical activity, combined with a growing interest in interactive technology, have sparked the development of physical activity monitors that can track an individual’s daily physical activity and caloric expenditure. Physical activity monitors give users immediate feedback on their daily progress with eye-catching graphics and motivational information. These devices can provide a fun way to involve everyone in the family by setting individual and family goals that can be easily tracked. As the number of available devices increases, a basic understanding of their types, capabilities and common features is important to aid in determining the most suitable physical... View Article

Swim Safely: Designate a Water Watcher

June 2014
Jun 9 2014

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 two-thirds of drowning deaths occur between May and August. To ensure a safe summer season, Corri Miller-Hobbs, Registered Nurse and Safe Kids Virginia Program Coordinator, shares the following tips for keeping children safe around water. Never let children swim alone. Teach your children not to go in or near water without an adult present. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy. Designate an adult... View Article

Eczema 101

May 8 2014

Sixty-five percent of eczema patients are diagnosed in the first year of life and 90 percent of patients with eczema experience it before age 5. It is estimated that atopic dermatitis, the most severe and long-lasting kind of eczema, affects over 30 million Americans. Dr. Laurie Shinn, a dermatologist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, gives us a 101 course in identifying and treating this common condition. What is eczema? Eczema is a sensitivity of the skin to its surroundings. Many things that cause eczema to flare are irritants (items that cause skin irritation), but others are true allergens (items that cause an allergic reaction). If your child has eczema, it helps to talk with their doctor about which... View Article