Time to Brush Up: 11 Healthy Dental Habits for Children

11 dental tips
Feb 27 2015

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Now is a great time to “brush up” on the important tips our specialists recommend for proper dental care for children. Your dental health matters too. From daily brushing and flossing to keeping up with regular visits to your dentist, always set a good example with your own dental care habits! 1. The magic number is “2.” Be sure your children brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes (or that you help them brush for this amount of time). 2. Brushing with a toothbrush begins when a child’s first tooth emerges in the mouth and all children should use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste... View Article

Pediatrics – the career path of caring, questioning and smiling

Feb 25 2015

Dr. Stefanie Reed is a pediatric chief resident at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. I was recently out to lunch with some friends and the topic drifted to alternative careers – ‘the fallback plan’. Everyone else had ideas – from a chef or event planner – to an author. When it was my turn I thought really hard. I enjoy a lot of hobbies, but I honestly couldn’t name a single career I would rather have than being a doctor. That’s because I’m already living my dream job. You see, since I was able to talk, I’ve been telling people that I wanted to be a doctor. That’s not to say that I didn’t try my hand at a... View Article

Heart month: Celebrating big changes for tiny hearts

Feb 19 2015

Last week on Facebook, we introduced you to 5-month-old Kaylee, a CHoR heart patient who was able to return home four days after undergoing surgery to repair a hole in her heart – just in time for Valentine’s Day. As we celebrate this heart-themed month, and heart patients like Kaylee, we also celebrate the $28 million gift Children’s Hospital Foundation has pledged to advance pediatric heart surgery in Central Virginia through the development of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center at CHoR. The center’s director, Dr. Thomas Yeh, is a senior board-certified pediatric heart surgeon with nearly 20 years of surgical experience, including thousands of successful pediatric heart surgeries. He was recruited specifically for his experience, surgical outcomes and impressive... View Article

Handmade Hearts Help Little Hands Develop

Feb 9 2015

For hands-on, heart-shaped fun this Valentine’s Day, try getting creative with items you already have at home. Encourage children to design their own handmade cards using heart-shaped stamps made of empty toilet paper rolls! In addition to creative fun, this type of project helps children develop important fine motor skills and shows how you can reuse household items in an environmentally friendly way. Directions and ideas are listed below, along with details about how this particular project helps children develop and practice skills. Heart stamp “how-to” Materials needed: Empty toilet paper rolls Paint or ink pad Paper plate Construction paper or card stock Holding the toilet paper roll with one open end facing you, lightly press in the top portion... View Article