Advancing Children's Health

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Alexis Nichol was born three months premature, weighing only 1 pound, 15 ounces. She spent the first 72 days of her life in the NICU. Over the past six years, Alexis has been a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Brook Road Campus. The team of doctors, physical therapists and occupational therapsists at CHoR help Alexis manage living with spastic triplesic cerebral palsy. Alexis has been on... View Article

Sep 17 2013

Life As a Resident

Sep 4 2013

What do baking and becoming a doctor have in common? A lot according to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU pediatric resident, Emily Godbout!”Instead of calculating and measuring the exact amount of almond flour necessary for a perfectly formed French macaroon, I suddenly found myself calculating sedation drips, morphine PCAs and carbohydrate to insulin ratios. Instead of adding lemon juice or powdered sugar to create various consistencies of royal icing,... View Article

Sep 4 2013

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day – a perfect time to learn more about your child’s dental health. Tegwyn Brickhouse, DDS, PhD, a pediatric dentist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, shares some tips on how to provide proper dental care for your child at any stage.From gums to the first toothDental care begins even before you child has teeth. Parents should use a soft, wet washcloth to care... View Article

Aug 22 2013

As you’ve probably heard, VCU Health System has proposed a plan for a new, freestanding children’s hospital. The VCU Health System Authority Board has appointed a Strategic Advisory Committee to meet with community stakeholders to gather information and feedback on the proposal, and we would love to invite you to share your input.The Committee is in the middle of a 90 day process for collecting feedback from stakeholders, and as... View Article

Aug 2 2013

We’ve all been feeling the heat this summer as temperatures have hit record highs, but did you know heat affects children more than adults. With the recent news stories of children suffering from heatstroke after being left in a car, it is important to remember how heat can affect our children and what steps we should take to ensure their safety in the summer months.A heatstroke occurs when the body... View Article

Jul 31 2013

It can be quite a challenge to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your family’s diet. At Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, we fully understand this challenge, which is why we are offering two Green Smoothie and Nutrition classes. These free classes will offer tips from a registered dietician on trying new foods as a family and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet. You’ll also get... View Article

Jul 30 2013

To celebrate the first summer of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s new rooftop Children’s Garden, we’d like to share some fun ideas for activities you can enjoy in your favorite garden or outdoor spot. Make time for outdoor fun with friends and family this summer!Nature HuntNature hunts are a great way to get children outside and a fun way for them to learn about their natural surroundings. Make a... View Article

Jul 17 2013

Whether sports and energy drinks live up to their healthy, helpful image is a popular news topic and a concern for medical professionals and parents alike. The following special report offers insight about how and when these drinks may be helpful – or if they should be avoided altogether – along with recommendations from Dr. Bill Shaw for safely staying hydrated before, during and after exercise.The usage of sports drinks... View Article

Jul 11 2013

Six-year-old Abigail has always loved arts and crafts. From jewelry making to painting, her creativity is unleashed anytime she has art supplies. Unfortunately, her creativity and excitement has also come with a few accidents along the way. The first, a sliced cornea due to a run in with construction paper while doing crafts with her family, happened when she was just 4 years old.Abigail’s parents, Jessica and Eric, were worried the... View Article

Jul 2 2013

Burnin’ Up

Jun 27 2013

Summer is a great time for cookouts, camping and fireworks. Unfortunately, it is also a time of increased injury.“With school out for the year and summer beginning, we start seeing more injuries occur as children get more involved in outdoor activities,” said Sam Bartle, MD, emergency medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. “When dealing with these potential safety hazards, nothing is better than awareness and close supervision... View Article

Jun 27 2013