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Though it is something to consider throughout the year, the start of a new school year can be a particularly important time to reflect on the ways we can help nurture a child’s inner voice. In the article below, licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Josie Castaldi shares information about the many ways adults can influence a child’s inner voice and self-confidence.All of us have an inner voice that has the potential... View Article

Sep 3 2014

August is National Immunization Awareness MonthImmunizations have helped children stay healthy for more than 50 years and have reduced the number of vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90 percent. One of the newest vaccines added to the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule of immunizations is the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine, which was recommended in 2007 for females and in 2012 for both males and females (based on updated data). This... View Article

Aug 15 2014

Parents are constantly searching for ways to get kids moving and to keep them active for a lifetime. The proven benefits of regular physical activity, combined with a growing interest in interactive technology, have sparked the development of physical activity monitors that can track an individual’s daily physical activity and caloric expenditure. Physical activity monitors give users immediate feedback on their daily progress with eye-catching graphics and motivational information. These... View Article

Jul 7 2014

Swimming can be a source of endless fun for kids, especially during the summer, but being in and around pools, rivers, oceans and other bodies of water can also sometimes be dangerous. Drowning is a leading cause of death and injury for children of all ages and two-thirds of drowning deaths occur between May and August. To ensure a safe summer season, Corri Miller-Hobbs, Registered Nurse and Safe Kids Virginia... View Article

Jun 9 2014

Eczema 101

May 8 2014

Sixty-five percent of eczema patients are diagnosed in the first year of life and 90 percent of patients with eczema experience it before age 5. It is estimated that atopic dermatitis, the most severe and long-lasting kind of eczema, affects over 30 million Americans. Dr. Laurie Shinn, a dermatologist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, gives us a 101 course in identifying and treating this common condition.What is eczema?... View Article

May 8 2014

Well if the watery eyes, sneezing kids and pollen covered cars didn’t clue you in… it’s officially allergy season and the allergens are out in full swing! To help us make it through the season without locking ourselves indoors, Dr. Santhosh Kumar, a specialist in the pediatric allergy and immunology division at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), gives us a lesson in the basics of nasal allergies.What does... View Article

May 1 2014

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) founded Alcohol Awareness Month to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol and alcoholism. Held at the start of prom and graduation season, it provides a timely opportunity to address underage drinking. Here are a few facts from the NCADD to consider: In one study, 80 percent of teens said their parents were the largest influence on their decision whether or... View Article

Apr 28 2014

By Tiffany Kimbrough, MD, pediatric residentI recently had the pleasure of attending a career fair at Fairfield Middle School in Henrico, Virginia, where over 600 7th and 8th graders were eager to learn more about becoming a doctor. The fair was held in their gymnasium, with booth after booth of professionals touting the “awesomeness” of their jobs. From chef to pharmacist, lawyer to police officer, nurse to doctor, there were a... View Article

Apr 21 2014

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the first NICU in Virginia to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The Beacon Award recognizes individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. As one of only five NICUs in the country to receive this honor, CHoR is proud to be among nationally-recognized providers... View Article

Apr 18 2014

Vegetable gardens are popping up more and more in our schools and communities, and for good reason. Gardening is an enjoyable way to expose children to different types of vegetables. Plus, the more children are involved in the growing and harvesting of healthy foods, the more likely they are to choose them at mealtime. There are many possibilities for growing your own healthy foods right at home, even in a... View Article

Apr 14 2014