Physical Therapists: Heroes Bringing Hope

Oct 29 2013

Whether it’s helping a 2-week-old recover from a birth related injury or helping a teen get back to football practice, physical therapists are masters of mobility and function. Specializing in everything from strength and balance to pain, injury and development; physical therapists treat a range of issues and help kids get back to doing the things they love most. For one patient with cerebral palsy, the opportunity to work with a physical therapist changed his life. Sandy Timok, BS, PT, PCS, a physical therapist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, began seeing the quadriplegic patient when he was just 9-months-old, following him through multiple surgeries and various stages of development. Many patients with cerebral palsy have little to no... View Article

Spooktacular Safety

Oct 25 2013

As Halloween approaches and families begin choosing costumes, stocking up on candy and decorating their jack-o-lanterns, Corri Miller-Hobbs, RN, SafeKids Virginia Coordinator has a few tips for parents to ensure children stay safe during Halloween. Creature Crossing With fewer kids walking to school these days, many don’t know safe pedestrian practices, so Halloween offers a great opportunity to practice these skills. Teach your children to look both ways (left, right, left), cross at corners, use cross walks and respect pedestrian crossing lights. Most children aren’t able to make safe traffic decisions until age 10, and shouldn’t walk your neighborhood alone until they are at least 10 and have demonstrated their understanding of the rules of the road. Most injuries occur... View Article

Infant Care: Sleep Safety

Oct 16 2013

A version of this blog post originally appeared in CHoR’s Fall 2013 TidBits Newsletter. As a pediatrician, lactation consultant and mother of three, Dr. Gauri Gulati shares her knowledge of safe sleep practices to ensure our little ones stay safe through the night. The number of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has decreased significantly since 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issues the recommendation that babies be placed on their backs to sleep. However, sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, choking and babies becoming trapped, have increased since then. To help address this and provide more specific advice on sleep safety, the AAP recently expanded their guidelines on safe sleep for babies and added recommendations... View Article

Lunch Box Makeovers: Healthy Sandwich Suggestions

Oct 8 2013

A version of this blog post originally appeared in CHoR’s Fall 2013 TidBits Newsletter. Whether they’re packed in a school lunch box, bagged for a picnic or wrapped up for a road trip, sandwiches are a staple in our family’s lives. We all love the standard PB&J, but it’s important to add some variety as well. Sandwiches offer a great opportunity for kids to try new foods in a familiar form. Don’t be afraid to get creative and let your kids get involved in their own sandwich creations. Ashley Cappel, a registered dietician, shares some unique and nutritious lunch options. Begin with Breads Look for 100% whole wheat, aiming for 3 grams of fiber per slice. This will help hold off... View Article