Advancing Children's Health

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Fidget spinner has quickly become a household term. In fact, it’s likely you have one or more of these little gadgets in your home. The idea behind fidget spinners is that they help kids stop fidgeting and focus their attention on the task at hand. Manufacturers have even promoted them as having health benefits for children with a variety of conditions, including ADHD. Do experts agree? “I call it the... View Article

Aug 1 2017

By Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough, pediatrician The first vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner for smallpox – this was done by taking fluid from a blister of someone infected and injecting it into another person’s skin (YUCK!). We have come a long way since that time with our knowledge about vaccination and how to make vaccines safe. Why are vaccines important? Vaccines protect children against 16 diseases that can... View Article

Aug 1 2017

Now that he’s been cancer-free for 18 months, Gwendolyn Carnes says her son Mark, 15, is able to tell the start of his story in a somewhat lighthearted way: “I went to Chipotle Sunday afternoon (his favorite), then to the hospital. And we didn’t come home for two weeks.” The summer before his eighth grade school year, Mark began experiencing stomach pain. He’d been an avid baseball player for years,... View Article

Jul 31 2017

Sometimes his kid-friendly tie was the first thing you’d see coming down the hallway. It was an outward emblem of an engaging nature and quiet humor that we’ve relied on since his arrival in Richmond in 1981. Over his 35-year tenure, Richard R. Brookman, M.D., has skillfully and compassionately influenced the care of countless children and adolescents in the community as well as the training of generations of students and... View Article

Jul 27 2017

“Look! He has ears like me!” That’s what three-year-old Thomas Patterson excitedly tells his parents when he sees other children with hearing aids or cochlear implants. When he attends Camp TALK, CHoR’s week-long summer camp for children receiving audiology services, Thomas is surrounded by kids “like him.” This year, he was one of 32 children who participated in this unique program designed just for them. Planning with a purpose “TALK... View Article

Jul 26 2017

We’re honored to be ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for kidney care by U.S.News & World Report. Not for the shiny badge, but for Evan, and the countless kids like him who inspire us to keep climbing higher. Learn more about Evan and why he’s shouting from the rooftops! Evan’s journey Doctors suspected something was going on with Evan’s kidneys before he was even born. An early ultrasound showed... View Article

Jul 10 2017

Youth sports provide tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children throughout their lifetime; they also come with the risk of sports-related injuries. Children’s bodies are still developing which puts them at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The most common injuries seen in children include traumatic injuries (sprains, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations, etc.) and overuse injuries (injuries that get progressively worse from a repeated movement and can worsen over... View Article

Jul 1 2017

Summer is in full swing, which means endless opportunities for fun! It also means additional opportunities for injury. We caught up with Dr. Mark Marinello, medical director of our pediatric intensive care unit and dad of four, to find out about some of the common summertime injuries he sees in the hospital along with tips for preventing them. Q: What’s it like to be a critical care doc and dad?... View Article

Jun 28 2017

U.S. News & World Report has placed Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in the new 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. CHoR tied at No. 45 in nephrology. This is the fourth time CHoR has been ranked for kidney care. U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the... View Article

Jun 27 2017

Now that the school year has wrapped up, parents and children are likely to spend more time outdoors enjoying the summer sun. Whether you’re headed to the pool, beach or just the back yard, don’t forget to protect your family’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Dr. Laurie Shinn, pediatric dermatologist at CHoR, answers some common and important questions about sunscreen to help you prepare for a fun summer ahead.... View Article

Jun 22 2017