Advancing Children's Health

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With the support of a specialized medical team and dedicated family, 7-year-old Ki’Mani Yancey is able to live up to his name just about every day. Ki’Mani’s name means “adventurous one,” and despite facing some serious medical challenges, Ki’Mani is able to actively experience life: “He loves to explore, dig in the dirt, look in branches and do anything active like that outside,” his mom, Maricia, says. “He’s a very... View Article

Mar 15 2017

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has presented VCU Health with the second annual DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Award. This award recognizes institutions with accredited residency and fellowship programs that are exemplary in providing a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care.   At Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, we are excited to be a part of VCU Health, an academic medical center... View Article

Mar 14 2017

On March 3, 2013, Cindy and Owen Wyatt were told that their three-year-old son, Logan, had a malignant tumor in his brain. Exactly four years later, they found themselves back at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for a very different reason. On the anniversary of their son’s diagnosis, they celebrated the opening of a room designed to offer peace and tranquility for families. The room was made possible by... View Article

Mar 9 2017

Childhood and the teen years are challenging under the best of circumstances. Additional stressors (family problems, bullying, trauma, sexual or gender identity issues, etc.), along with depression and anxiety, could result in thoughts of suicide or even a suicide attempt – and this is not at all rare. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among children and adolescents. It’s important for all parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. to be aware... View Article

Mar 8 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... View Article

Mar 6 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... View Article

Mar 1 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... View Article

Feb 14 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... View Article

Feb 1 2017

– from Leslie G. Wyatt, RN, MSAs 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... View Article

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... View Article

Jan 31 2017