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Potty training…what a huge developmental milestone for your child! Mastering toilet training is an important leap toward independence. The process can be met with excitement, frustration, anxiety or a little bit of it all for both parent and child. A question we often hear as medical professionals is: “My child is ‘X’ months/years old and is still in a diaper. Shouldn’t they be potty trained by now?” But when a... View Article

Jun 12 2019

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU broke ground Saturday on its inpatient children’s hospital — kicking off construction of a $350 million facility that will complete an entire city block dedicated to the care of kids. The hospital will replace existing inpatient unit beds and consolidate inpatient and emergency care to one location, adjacent to the outpatient Children’s Pavilion on the VCU Medical Center campus. The new hospital is part of a comprehensive... View Article

Jun 10 2019

Beth Ramsay’s lasting memory of her son’s surgery wasn’t the fear she experienced when he was taken from her arms for the procedure. It was that he giggled and smiled so soon after, despite his eyes being swollen shut and his head bandaged. “Nick’s experience was definitely a lesson for me in how resilient kids are,” she says, reflecting on the skull surgery her son had as an infant and... View Article

May 30 2019

Unlike common childhood physical injuries, where a band-aid or brace may be an obvious solution, parents often wonder whether behavioral changes and emotional ups and downs are expectable parts of the developmental progress, or signs that additional care might be needed. Just as you’d be there to provide first aid for a cut or scrape, there are important steps to take when a child experiences a rough patch or crisis... View Article

May 15 2019

Five-year-old Beckett Tapscott twirls through life. Even when she’s here for one of her four-hour blood transfusions, she’s ready to dance. “At her last transfusion Beckett and three other girls had a dance party,” her mom, Morgan, recalls. “One of the nurses was trying to help a child feel better and started playing ‘Baby Shark’ and it just went from there. Doctors and nurses joined in too.” Onstage, Beckett twirled... View Article

Apr 29 2019

The ribbon has been cut and the former Children’s Mental Health Resource Center is now officially the Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center following a $250,000 gift from the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation has supported the work of the Mental Health Resource Center at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children since 2014 when David and Grace Gallagher started the foundation in memory of their... View Article

Apr 18 2019

A little preparation and extra comfort go a long way for a child facing surgery. Our child life team has special training – and lots of real-life kid experience – in just what can help. From the weeks leading up to surgery to “no food” the night before and a special send-off when you leave your child’s side, there are several ways you can support your child and ease their... View Article

Apr 4 2019

The ballots have been cast for the ‘Top Docs’ in the region. Each year Richmond magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to think about which local care providers they would visit themselves or recommend to family members. When the votes were tallied, 76 of your favorite CHoR physicians and surgeons made this year’s list…and Dr. Kerri Carter even made the cover! “We’re committed to recruiting and retaining the best for our kids and families. This includes skilled clinicians, outstanding... View Article

Apr 2 2019

Last week, 9-year-old James Sites took part in a 5K in North Carolina. He was in his wheelchair for much of the race, with his big sister, Lori, and assistance-dog Zoey by his side for support. His mom, Rose, cheered from the sidelines and throughout the day James shared the signature charm he’s known for. It’s is an image that echoes his life – a family rallied around a hard-working... View Article

Mar 31 2019

Does your preschooler love to be in front of a screen? Many do, so you’re certainly not alone. When it comes to screen time, parents are faced with two separate but related challenges – 1) appropriately limiting the amount of time your child spends watching television or videos and 2) managing the types of programs your child is watching. Pediatrician, mom and former educator, Bergen Nelson, MD, offers some tips... View Article

Mar 30 2019