Advancing Children's Health

Looking for our 2017 calendar kids and monthly articles? New ones are posted each month.

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

Surgery can cause anxiety for both children and parents, particularly when experiencing it for the first time. Child Life Specialist Siri Bream has some preparation tips to help everyone face the day with confidence.How can parents prepare?The best thing you can do as a parent is educate yourself first. Ask questions of the health care team so you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect.Talking with... View Article

Apr 12 2017

When Lyndsey Golding was four years old, she developed an insatiable thirst that seemingly came out of nowhere. She also had two bedwetting episodes that were totally out of character for her. A family friend who’s a nurse recognized the signs and recommended Lyndsey immediately be tested for diabetes. “We found the CHoR team at diagnosis,” says Lyndsey’s mom, Dina. “They’ve been wonderful and we’ve never looked back.” CHoR has... View Article

Apr 6 2017

Dealing with an anxious, distressed child can be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a parent. And while your instinct may be to be protective and minimize a child’s distress, doing this can actually worsen their anxiety in the long term. Helping children to understand anxiety – and encouraging them to face their fears – can be a much more effective approach, according to childhood anxiety expert Dr. Jaee Bodas.... View Article

Apr 1 2017

Less than a month following VCU Health’s recognition with the DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award for exceptional medical education, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) proudly announces its incoming class of pediatric and med-peds residents. These future pediatricians will join the CHoR team in June for continued and comprehensive hands-on education. “By choosing to complete their residencies at CHoR, these talented individuals will experience tremendous opportunity in the field... View Article

Mar 24 2017

The opening of the Children’s Pavilion marked a milestone in advancing children’s health and helped meet the growing need for coordinated outpatient services in our community. We’re celebrating the kids and families who have benefited from the Pavilion in just one year, and the exciting advancements to come. Meet Caroline, a cancer survivor and Children’s Pavilion patient who aspires to be the next Ellen! Watch as Caroline gives patients, families... View Article

Mar 21 2017