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Combat colds: Simple steps to stop the spread of infection & relieve symptoms

Asian child lying in bed and holding tissue up to her runny nose
Mar 6 2017

Despite the warm weather we’ve had recently, it’s still cold and flu season. While a child can catch a cold any time of the year, many consider the winter months to be a peak time for colds. Children typically spend more time indoors during colder months which means they have many more opportunities for passing around germs. More than 200 viruses are known to cause the common cold and these infections spread through the air and through close personal contact. Teaching children proper hand washing is key to reducing germs. Here’s more about this technique and other steps you can take to limit the spread of infection and help relieve cold symptoms. Hand washing and other techniques that help combat... View Article

Reading aloud with little ones

Mar 1 2017

Reading with an adult should be a fun and wonderful experience for a child, and time spent reading together is about more than just the written words and pictures. Reading with a child is a special time to bond and books provide a great opportunity for language development. Books allow children to travel to new places and provide exposure to new vocabulary, ideas and people. The Children’s Reading Foundation suggests that parents read with their children for at least 20 minutes a day. But with little ones new to reading, or with those who are wiggly and often on the move, this can feel like a daunting task. As soon as sharing a book together becomes something you have to make... View Article

One year later: Look at Kai’Ayshia now

ice cream
Feb 14 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Kai’Ayshia Johnson’s last surgery. In that time the bright and cheerful child started school and celebrated her fifth birthday – two milestones for which she and her family are tremendously grateful. Kai’Ayshia still comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for monthly check-ups with her specialists and takes medicine to keep her clotting under control. Thankfully, these days she spends the majority of her time doing the things she loves most – dancing, playing, shopping with Mommy and making friends wherever she goes. The little girl who overcame all odds and woke up requesting ice cream for breakfast surely enjoys a healthy share of frozen treats as well! “Her being happy is a... View Article

Meet Marquise, our February 2017 Calendar Kid

Feb 2 2017

Marquise Brown’s relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is truly a family affair. Among other long-time connections, our February 2017 Calendar Kid sees the very same CHoR pediatrician that his mom Kiara saw throughout her childhood. Pediatrician Dr. Linda Meloy has provided care to members of the Brown family for nearly 20 years. “She’s always been awesome,” Kiara’s mom, Raquel, says. “Dr. Meloy is so nice and friendly. She’s easy to talk to and remembers stuff about my kids and what they’re doing – extracurricular and all. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.” Lisa Ripp, a registered nurse in CHoR’s primary care clinic, has a similar long-time association with the Browns. Kiara fondly remembers Lisa... View Article

The many benefits of infant massage

infant massage
Feb 1 2017

The ancient art of infant massage has been practiced for centuries by cultures around the world and is one of the earliest stimuli a parent can provide for their infant. By using simple massage strokes, you can enhance your role as a parent and provide the right type of stimuli to promote optimal development. You and your baby will experience many benefits from infant massage during a child’s first years and for years to come. Here’s more about the benefits of this special technique from our physical therapists who are certified in infant massage Massaging your baby is a wonderful and loving way to begin a lifelong relationship The growth in popularity for infant massage instruction is due to positive... View Article

Vice president for children’s services retires after 40-year career in pediatrics

Leslie Wyatt  CEO CHOR
Jan 31 2017

– from Leslie G. Wyatt, RN, MS As we begin a new year, and I embark on a new chapter in my life – otherwise known as retirement – I am excited about the future of health care for my own grandchildren, and for future generations of children, because of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s commitment to advancing children’s health. Today I retired after 40 years as a pediatric nurse and administrator in the Richmond community.  And what an amazing journey it has been. I will forever cherish the relationships I have had with the passionate and committed people of CHoR, Children’s Hospital Foundation, VCU Health and the pediatric community. Together, we have built a robust network of people, programs... View Article

Sleeping and feeding tips for a smooth start in life

A woman holds in her arms her newborn baby
Jan 31 2017

When it comes to becoming a new parent, it’s easy get confused with all the different advice people offer. Trust your instincts and ask your health care provider to help answer any questions. Here are a few tips to get you started from pediatrician and mother of three Dr. Gauri Gulati: Safe & sound sleep While most babies sleep 16 to 17 hours per day, they usually only sleep one or two hours at a time and don’t have regular sleep cycles until about 4 to 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Babies be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm sleep surface. Babies sleep in the same room as their parents but not... View Article

Meet Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid

mom and tyran
Jan 30 2017

“A very loving 4-year-old ninja” is how Rochelle Welton describes her son Tyran, our January 2017 Calendar Kid. Tyran likes to pretend he’s a superhero, especially a Ninja Turtle, and he has big plans for becoming a superhero when he grows up. When he’s not outside running around and practicing his superhero skills, he enjoys spending time with his 11-year-old big brother, Tyree, playing on his tablet, wrestling and watching movies. Tyran’s family lives in Richmond’s Northside and he and his brother have been coming to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for well-child check-ups since birth. “My family has always used VCU,” Rochelle says. “They have the best care for their patients.” What Rochelle likes best about our new Children’s... View Article

Prescription for family fun: 20 minutes of daily playtime

Shot of two little boys pretending to be pirates in their bedroom
Dec 23 2016

Just 15-20 minutes of quality time together can build a child’s self-esteem, enhance family bonding and provide fun, stress-free time for everyone. There are many ways you can give the gift of “time together” to your child during the holiday season and throughout the new year. Below is a list of “family fun” ideas from our child life team. These ideas focus on family bonding, healthy fun and active play. You can use these activity ideas a starting point for daily playtime for your family or as a special way to give your child the “gift” of time together. A jar filled with family fun ideas to look forward to in the coming months, or a daily “fun calendar” (select one... View Article

Grocery shopping for a happy, healthy New Year!  

Dec 23 2016

Having a happy and healthy shopping trip to the grocery store might seem tough when kids are coming along! With a little advance planning, you can make sure your kitchen is stocked with ingredients that match the budget, time, health needs and preferences for your family. Thinking about what you can do before, during and after the grocery trip can be a helpful approach, according to Healthy Lifestyle Center dietitian Sonya Islam.   Before going to the grocery store Plan your meals for at least one week (longer if your trips to the grocery store are less frequent). Think about your household schedule. Will everyone in the house be at home every night for meals? Are there special considerations this... View Article