Advancing Children's Health

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Many families will celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. For others, the holiday will serve as a reminder that an actively engaged father has not been part of their reality. “Fathers serve as role models and mentors in children’s psychological and behavioral development. When fathers are not involved, children often experience emotions such as anger, anxiety and uncertainty,” said Dr. Bela Sood, child and adolescent psychiatrist with our Virginia Treatment Center... View Article

Jun 15 2017

It’s important for adults to help children establish a healthy relationship with food. We want them to learn how to eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. We also want them to eat nutritious foods and like them. Rachel Gow, PhD, LCP, an expert on disordered eating and mom of three girls ages six and under, offers some insight including a few recommendations for rewards, such as her... View Article

Jun 14 2017

As written by River’s mother, Angie: The night before River’s birth was pretty ordinary until I awoke around 3 am. Once I realized my water had broken, I arranged for my dad to come stay with our son Finn, packed my bag and showered. We finally made it to the hospital around 5 am. My nurse mentioned I could go for a walk to help labor progress. After many laps,... View Article

Jun 6 2017

Congrats to the 28 CHoR docs named one of America’s Top Doctors by their peers! Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® physician-led research team reviews nominations from doctors’ peers as well as an extensive review of the doctors’ medical education, training and hospital appointments. The following CHoR pediatricians and specialists were named in the 2017 America’s Top Doctors across 11 categories. See any of your docs on the list? Charles Bagwell,... View Article

Jun 1 2017

Here’s a quick reference guide to allergic reactions and how to help from allergy and immunology specialist Dr. Santhosh Kumar. Nasal allergies The term allergy describes a condition where the body over-responds to a harmless substance. When a substance triggers an allergic response in the nose, it is considered a nasal allergy. Common symptoms of nasal allergies include: Sneezing Runny nose Itchy/watery eyes Stuffy nose Nose bleeds Decreased sense of... View Article

Jun 1 2017

As your kids gather their gear and lace up their cleats for outdoor sports this spring, our sports core committee wants to remind all athletes and their families about the important role that stretching plays in protecting a child’s body from injury. Incorporating stretching exercises that increase flexibility is one of the American Academy of Pediatrics top sports injury prevention tips1 for 2017. There are multiple types of stretches that... View Article

May 24 2017

Teachers’ desks were piled with cards, apples and assorted treats, as students and parents thanked them for their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week. Quality education is important for all kids, but what happens if they’re in the hospital and can’t go to school? At CHoR, they keep learning with the help of the teachers in our Hospital Education Program. Our teachers Approximately two dozen full-time, master’s-level teachers work with... View Article

May 12 2017

Zorater Miles is very familiar with our You Can Control Asthma Now (UCAN) program. She’s the caregiver for her two grandchildren, 9-year-old Iyanna and 3-year-old Christian, both of whom are learning to manage their chronic asthma with the help of the UCAN team. Award-winning The UCAN program was launched in 2015 through grant funding from Children’s Hospital Foundation and provides family-focused care to the high number of children suffering from... View Article

May 9 2017

by Dr. Victoria Kuester, Orthopaedic SurgeonAs the parent of a child with growing pains, I know it can be troublesome when a child wakes up multiple times in the middle of the night with pain in their legs. Here’s information about this common childhood issue and what you can do to help: What are growing pains? Are they real? What is happening within a child’s body that causes growing pains?... View Article

May 1 2017

The pinwheel is a happy, uplifting symbol of childhood. For this reason, it has also become the national symbol for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CHoR has joined the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to show our support for keeping children in our community safe. “The statistics are staggering, especially when you look beyond the numbers and think about the individual children they... View Article

Apr 15 2017