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Though they moved from Richmond to North Carolina this past summer, Tiffany Spearman still brings her 5-year-old daughter Cayden to us for medical care. She wants to be sure her daughter stays in the caring hands that provided her hope when she needed it most. We first met Cayden when she was six months old and facing serious birth-related complications. “She was born extremely premature,” Tiffany explains. “I was looking... View Article

Dec 27 2018

Giving medication to a child can be a difficult part of the job for parents and challenging at times even for nurses and doctors. Luckily, our child life team is here to help make these moments easier and less stressful for all involved. Child life specialists work with patients and families to help minimize stress related to their health care experience and have special training in preparing children for medical... View Article

Dec 19 2018

Adolescence is a time of physical change, growing responsibility and increased independence. Teaching adolescents how to advocate for themselves and ask the right questions is an important milestone – and we can help! Read more about how we are empowering teens with NEW access to our My VCU Health patient portal. Q: What is My VCU Health? A: My VCU Health is our patient portal, a free and easy tool... View Article

Dec 14 2018

The introduction of new technology – from the earliest motion pictures to the latest smartphones – always raises concern among parents, educators, health professionals, policy makers and other adults about potentially harmful effects on our youth. Would too much attention to the latest technology exclude attention to important things like homework, chores, physical activity and face-to-face social interactions? Would there be harmful effects of exposure to the content, especially violence,... View Article

Dec 11 2018

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