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One year later: Look at Kai’Ayshia now

ice cream
Feb 14 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Kai’Ayshia Johnson’s last surgery. In that time the bright and cheerful child started school and celebrated her fifth birthday – two milestones for which she and her family are tremendously grateful. Kai’Ayshia still comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for monthly check-ups with her specialists and takes medicine to keep her clotting under control. Thankfully, these days she spends the majority of her time doing the things she loves most – dancing, playing, shopping with Mommy and making friends wherever she goes. The little girl who overcame all odds and woke up requesting ice cream for breakfast surely enjoys a healthy share of frozen treats as well! “Her being happy is a... View Article

The many benefits of infant massage

infant massage
Feb 1 2017

The ancient art of infant massage has been practiced for centuries by cultures around the world and is one of the earliest stimuli a parent can provide for their infant. By using simple massage strokes, you can enhance your role as a parent and provide the right type of stimuli to promote optimal development. You and your baby will experience many benefits from infant massage during a child’s first years and for years to come. Here’s more about the benefits of this special technique from our physical therapists who are certified in infant massage Massaging your baby is a wonderful and loving way to begin a lifelong relationship The growth in popularity for infant massage instruction is due to positive... View Article

Vice president for children’s services retires after 40-year career in pediatrics

Leslie Wyatt  CEO CHOR
Jan 31 2017

– from Leslie G. Wyatt, RN, MS As we begin a new year, and I embark on a new chapter in my life – otherwise known as retirement – I am excited about the future of health care for my own grandchildren, and for future generations of children, because of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s commitment to advancing children’s health. Today I retired after 40 years as a pediatric nurse and administrator in the Richmond community.  And what an amazing journey it has been. I will forever cherish the relationships I have had with the passionate and committed people of CHoR, Children’s Hospital Foundation, VCU Health and the pediatric community. Together, we have built a robust network of people, programs... View Article

Sleeping and feeding tips for a smooth start in life

A woman holds in her arms her newborn baby
Jan 31 2017

When it comes to becoming a new parent, it’s easy get confused with all the different advice people offer. Trust your instincts and ask your health care provider to help answer any questions. Here are a few tips to get you started from pediatrician and mother of three Dr. Gauri Gulati: Safe & sound sleep While most babies sleep 16 to 17 hours per day, they usually only sleep one or two hours at a time and don’t have regular sleep cycles until about 4 to 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Babies be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm sleep surface. Babies sleep in the same room as their parents but not... View Article

Meet Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid

mom and tyran
Jan 30 2017

“A very loving 4-year-old ninja” is how Rochelle Welton describes her son Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid. Tyran likes to pretend he’s a superhero, especially a Ninja Turtle, and he has big plans for becoming a superhero when he grows up. When he’s not outside running around and practicing his superhero skills, he enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old big brother, Tyree, playing on his tablet, wrestling and watching movies. Tyran’s family lives in Richmond’s Northside and he and his brother have been coming to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for well-child check-ups since birth. “My family has always used VCU,” Rochelle says. “They have the best care for their patients.” What Rochelle likes best about our new Children’s... View Article

Prescription for family fun: 20 minutes of daily playtime

Shot of two little boys pretending to be pirates in their bedroom
Dec 23 2016

Just 15-20 minutes of quality time together can build a child’s self-esteem, enhance family bonding and provide fun, stress-free time for everyone. There are many ways you can give the gift of “time together” to your child during the holiday season and throughout the new year. Below is a list of “family fun” ideas from our child life team. These ideas focus on family bonding, healthy fun and active play. You can use these activity ideas a starting point for daily playtime for your family or as a special way to give your child the “gift” of time together. A jar filled with family fun ideas to look forward to in the coming months, or a daily “fun calendar” (select one... View Article

Grocery shopping for a happy, healthy New Year!  

Dec 23 2016

Having a happy and healthy shopping trip to the grocery store might seem tough when kids are coming along! With a little advance planning, you can make sure your kitchen is stocked with ingredients that match the budget, time, health needs and preferences for your family. Thinking about what you can do before, during and after the grocery trip can be a helpful approach, according to Healthy Lifestyle Center dietitian Sonya Islam.   Before going to the grocery store Plan your meals for at least one week (longer if your trips to the grocery store are less frequent). Think about your household schedule. Will everyone in the house be at home every night for meals? Are there special considerations this... View Article

Skin, sweat and more: Navigating physical changes during puberty

Dec 22 2016

From changes in skin cells on the scalp to sweat glands in the feet, there’s a lot going on physically during puberty. The hormones produced during this stage of development trigger many changes, both physical and emotional. Understanding exactly what’s going on with their bodies can help adolescents navigate this challenging time. Read on to learn more from adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Stephanie Crewe about the biology behind some of the physical changes happening during puberty – and what can be helpful when these changes cause concerns. When does puberty start? Puberty is the time when the body matures from a child to an adult. It begins at an average age of 9-10 and related physical changes may start to... View Article

Safety spotlight: Fall prevention

Shot of an adorable baby girl at home
Dec 19 2016

In recent months, our emergency room has seen a noticeable increase  in the number of infants and toddlers coming in for injuries related to falling from elevated surfaces like couches, beds, tables and changing tables. Child safety expert Corri Miller-Hobbs compiled these important reminders to keep kids safe this busy holiday season and in the year ahead: The world is a great adventure for children and hazards are everywhere. Help your child explore, learn and grow, while also protecting them from dangerous falls. Constant supervision is always necessary and it’s never too early to begin using good safety techniques with children (and infants too).   Do not let children play on high surfaces like tables, couches, beds and other furniture; porches, decks, stairs and... View Article

What parents need to know: In-toeing in the early years

Cute female African American todder smiles as she holds her parents' hands while strolling in the park. She has brown eyes and black curly hair. She is wearing a purple tank top with a white t-shirt underneath. Her fther is wearing a plaid shirt with a white shirt underneath and khaki shorts.
Dec 2 2016

A child’s first attempts at walking aren’t always perfectly smooth, and there are some important things to be aware of as you watch your child’s shaky first steps develop into a steady walk. Dr. Victoria Kuester, orthopaedic surgeon and mom of two, highlights what can be helpful to know about in-toeing, a common condition that can become apparent with a child’s first steps and in the active years that follow.  What is in-toeing?  Many children walk with their toes pointed inward when they’re first learning and some continue to do this in the toddler years and beyond. The medical term for this is “in-toeing.” For some children, in-toeing (or walking “pigeon toed” as it is also sometimes called) can appear... View Article