National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Jul 31 2013

We’ve all been feeling the heat this summer as temperatures have hit record highs, but did you know heat affects children more than adults. With the recent news stories of children suffering from heatstroke after being left in a car, it is important to remember how heat can affect our children and what steps we should take to ensure their safety in the summer months. A heatstroke occurs when the body becomes so heated that it can no longer cool itself quickly enough to avoid dangerous internal temperatures. Children have a heightened risk of heatstroke, especially when left alone in a car. Since 1998, more than 550 children in the United States have died from a heatstroke when left unattended... View Article

You scream, I scream, we all scream for… fruits and veggies!

Jul 30 2013

It can be quite a challenge to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your family’s diet. At Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, we fully understand this challenge, which is why we are offering two Green Smoothie and Nutrition classes. These free classes will offer tips from a registered dietician on trying new foods as a family and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet. You’ll also get the chance to try out some fun smoothie recipes the whole family will love. The classes will be help on Saturday, August 3 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU — Brook Road Campus Auditorium (2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23220). To register for... View Article

Share Good Times in the Garden

Jul 17 2013

To celebrate the first summer of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s new rooftop Children’s Garden, we’d like to share some fun ideas for activities you can enjoy in your favorite garden or outdoor spot. Make time for outdoor fun with friends and family this summer! Nature Hunt Nature hunts are a great way to get children outside and a fun way for them to learn about their natural surroundings. Make a list of things children might find in your garden, backyard, neighborhood or local park. Ideas include: butterflies, rocks, seeds, leaves, spider webs, and certain types of flowers and plants. To document what is found, have children draw pictures, take photos or describe the items to you. Rubbings can... View Article

Special Report: Sports and Energy Drinks

Jul 11 2013

Whether sports and energy drinks live up to their healthy, helpful image is a popular news topic and a concern for medical professionals and parents alike. The following special report offers insight about how and when these drinks may be helpful – or if they should be avoided altogether – along with recommendations from Dr. Bill Shaw for safely staying hydrated before, during and after exercise. The usage of sports drinks has been popular ever since the introduction of Gatorade in the mid ‘60s. Consuming these drinks, which contain large amounts of sugar and salts, was thought to delay fatigue and help prevent muscle cramps. A greater concern today, however, is dehydration and heat exhaustion/stroke. To combat dehydration during exercise,... View Article

Abigail’s Story: Art Gets Crafty

Jul 2 2013

Six-year-old Abigail has always loved arts and crafts. From jewelry making to painting, her creativity is unleashed anytime she has art supplies. Unfortunately, her creativity and excitement has also come with a few accidents along the way. The first, a sliced cornea due to a run in with construction paper while doing crafts with her family, happened when she was just 4 years old. Abigail’s parents, Jessica and Eric, were worried the injury would cause permanent damage to her vision. They immediately took Abigail to a local hospital, but when they found they needed a pediatric specialist, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) was the best place to be — with specialists available 24/7 in the pediatric emergency room. “Pediatric... View Article