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Diabetic Child Testing His Blood Sugar
Nov 14 2018

For your child’s health: Tips for sticking to a treatment plan

Managing a medical condition isn’t always easy, but it’s better and more effective when sticking to the proper treatment plan. Whether it’s an injury or illness with short-term treatment (like antibiotics for a throat infection) or one that involves a lengthy recovery process or long-term treatment (like insulin for diabetes), ensuring the best possible outcome hinges upon developing trusted communication with your medical team and then following through on their instructions.... View Article


Nov 14 2018
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Nov 12 2018

CHoR providers among the best for beside manner

Medical expertise alone doesn’t make for excellent care. Professionals who also incorporate kindness, empathy and attentiveness into their practice are the ones who tend to stand out as shining stars to their patients and families. Forty-five CHoR physicians were recognized for their outstanding approach to caring for kids and families in this year’s 2018 Best Beside Manner Awards, voted by the community and presented by OurHealth Richmond magazine. Congratulations to: Allergy & Immunology Third: Brant Ward,... View Article


Nov 12 2018
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Nov 10 2018

Healthy food adventures: Combine fiber & protein for balanced meals

Kids need healthy meals that support ideal growth all through the year. But what makes up a balanced, nutritious meal? Follow the dynamic duo formula below to choose “healthy food adventures” for your family’s upcoming meals! Combine at least two sources of fiber and a healthy protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner to create satisfying, balanced meals. This formula provides long-lasting fuel and necessary nutrients for brain, bone and muscle... View Article


Nov 10 2018
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Nov 6 2018

Get active with physical literacy

Our physical therapists encourage children to increase their “physical literacy” by exploring as many different types of movement as possible in early life. By doing so, they’ll build the necessary motivation, confidence and physical competence to remain engaged in a healthy, active lifestyle into adulthood.  Physical activity recommendations What kids should be doing…According to the American Heart Association, a daily dose of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity... View Article


Nov 6 2018
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Nov 2 2018

Smart snacking for healthy teeth

Kids love to snack, but snacking can pose challenges to keeping teeth healthy. Smart snacking involves both strategic snack-time planning and selecting certain types of foods. Both can help limit the potential for tooth decay. Why is snacking more likely to promote tooth decay? The bacteria that cause dental cavities feed on any carbohydrate source we eat – sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, crackers, chips, pretzels, gummies, fruit snacks, juice, etc.... View Article


Nov 2 2018
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Oct 29 2018

October Calendar Kid: Moving mountains

“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
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Oct 25 2018

School-year asthma control: A little planning goes a long way

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
Girl And Her Mixed Race Parents Dining In Their Kitchen
Oct 22 2018

The case for family dinner: How rituals benefit children and teens

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
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Oct 10 2018

Resilience in kids: It starts with you

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
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Oct 4 2018

Spooktacular safety prep: What you can do BEFORE the big night

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