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As parents, we love and worry about our children from the moment they’re born. As they grow into adolescence, their academic and social lives become more complicated and competitive. There is so much to worry about—grades, driving, drugs and alcohol, dating and sex, friendships, social media and gaining admittance to a college which will hopefully provide them with opportunities for employment and lifelong success. We often have less time than... View Article

Dec 7 2018

Children are screened for hearing loss at birth, but hearing loss and hearing problems can also develop during childhood. Sometimes it’s temporary – like ear infections – but other times it’s permanent, and it can be nearly impossible to tell the difference without the proper testing. Hearing testing As they age, children often get routine hearing screenings in the pediatrician’s office or at school, but any parent who has concerns about... View Article

Dec 3 2018

“They’ve done wonders,” Brandy Richmond says about our kidney team and how they helped her 5-year-old daughter Leelynd. For nearly four years, Leelynd spent 12 hours each day undergoing dialysis, a treatment that involves having a machine do the job her failing kidneys couldn’t do for her body. She was also unable to eat by mouth due to related issues and had a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube connected to her... View Article

Nov 30 2018

Within the first few days of her life, Serenity, now 1 year old, was diagnosed with a partial atrioventricular septal defect, a hole between the chambers of the left and right sides of the heart, and severe leakage of her heart’s mitral valve. Her mother, Heather, was told by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team that Serenity would need surgery to repair the defect, and her long term prognosis... View Article

Nov 19 2018

Managing a medical condition isn’t always easy, but it’s better and more effective when sticking to the proper treatment plan. Whether it’s an injury or illness with short-term treatment (like antibiotics for a throat infection) or one that involves a lengthy recovery process or long-term treatment (like insulin for diabetes), ensuring the best possible outcome hinges upon developing trusted communication with your medical team and then following through on their instructions.... View Article

Nov 14 2018

Medical expertise alone doesn’t make for excellent care. Professionals who also incorporate kindness, empathy and attentiveness into their practice are the ones who tend to stand out as shining stars to their patients and families. Forty-five CHoR physicians were recognized for their outstanding approach to caring for kids and families in this year’s 2018 Best Beside Manner Awards, voted by the community and presented by OurHealth Richmond magazine. Congratulations to: Allergy & Immunology Third: Brant Ward,... View Article

Nov 12 2018

Kids need healthy meals that support ideal growth all through the year. But what makes up a balanced, nutritious meal? Follow the dynamic duo formula below to choose “healthy food adventures” for your family’s upcoming meals! Combine at least two sources of fiber and a healthy protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner to create satisfying, balanced meals. This formula provides long-lasting fuel and necessary nutrients for brain, bone and muscle... View Article

Nov 10 2018

Our physical therapists encourage children to increase their “physical literacy” by exploring as many different types of movement as possible in early life. By doing so, they’ll build the necessary motivation, confidence and physical competence to remain engaged in a healthy, active lifestyle into adulthood.  Physical activity recommendations What kids should be doing…According to the American Heart Association, a daily dose of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity... View Article

Nov 6 2018

Kids love to snack, but snacking can pose challenges to keeping teeth healthy. Smart snacking involves both strategic snack-time planning and selecting certain types of foods. Both can help limit the potential for tooth decay. Why is snacking more likely to promote tooth decay? The bacteria that cause dental cavities feed on any carbohydrate source we eat – sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, crackers, chips, pretzels, gummies, fruit snacks, juice, etc.... View Article

Nov 2 2018

“You’ve been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved” is the inspirational quote on a special web page detailing Lily Addair’s medical journey. Her website, Lily’s Elves, is inspired by this strong and spunky 8-year-old’s battle with juvenile arthritis. The site is named for Lily’s team in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run, a special event that raises awareness about juvenile arthritis and funds for research. The... View Article

Oct 29 2018