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“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

In addition to the routine back-to-school preparation, parents and caregivers of children with asthma have a bit of extra planning to do. In the weeks after school starts, there’s a peak in asthma exacerbations (attacks), but with adequate preparation, asthma can be controlled. As a parent or caregiver, you are your child’s best advocate. Here are some tips to help control your child’s asthma when they head back to school: If... View Article

Oct 25 2018

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the concept of sitting down to a family dinner every night can seem quaint – but I assure you, the meaning behind it is as relevant as ever. Rituals still matter. And, they matter even more to children. Rituals make us feel like we belong to something or someone. They offer a sense of stability and comfort. They help us navigate through... View Article

Oct 22 2018

Resilience is the ability to adapt in positive ways when faced with a tough situation. It is something that can be taught, learned and strengthened over time. One of the biggest predictors of resilience in children is having a parent who is resilient. Modeling resilient behavior in your own life – along with showing children your unconditional love and support – helps promote the development of this important life skill.... View Article

Oct 10 2018

In addition to candy and costumes, safety prep needs to be on everyone’s Halloween to-do list. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and significantly injured on Halloween than any other day of the year – but planning ahead can help reduce this safety risk. Below are some things parents/caregivers should do before kids head out trick-or-treating to help ensure they’re as safe as... View Article

Oct 4 2018

Bon Secours and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU announced today they have formed a new collaboration that will maximize their combined resources to enhance access to quality care and improve the health and well-being of children in Central Virginia. The two organizations will remain independent under the new agreement. Outpatient care offered through the collaborative will be on the campus of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in the new... View Article

Oct 3 2018