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Breastfeeding in the NICU
Kids 8/18/2011

Breastfeeding Challenges When I had my first child, I had no idea that breastfeeding would take work. Like most babies born at or after their due date, my newborn daughter was equipped with the instincts and energy necessary to nurse. But first I had to cue those innate responses –…

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Childhood Obesity: Get the Facts
Kids 8/4/2011

About 32 percent of children and teens in the United States are obese or overweight — a number that’s tripled in the last 30 years, according to the government And all of this extra weight jeopardizes the long-term health of these children. “It’s not about what a child weighs,” says…

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Baby Cuddlers Provide a Human Touch to Our Tiniest Patients
Kids 6/23/2011

[caption id="attachment_715" align="alignright" width="300"] Kim Carson cuddles a preemie at UVA's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit[/caption] Kim Carson knows first hand how scary it can be to have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (also called the NICU). That’s why when our Baby Cuddler volunteer program started at UVA…

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Preparing for Childbirth: One Expectant Mother Shares Her Story
Kids 6/16/2011

Katie Norcross is a first-time expectant mom and a program coordinator at UVA. She recently took UVA’s Preparing for Birth and Baby class and shared her experience with us. Katie’s little girl is due July 8. [caption id="attachment_795" align="alignright" width="300"] Expectant mom Katie Norcross took UVA's Preparing for Birth and…

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Does Your Child Need a Sleep Study?
Kids 6/14/2011

[caption id="attachment_671" align="alignright" width="300"] Jackie and Chase Newton. Chase was treated for sleep apnea at UVA.[/caption] Does your child snore loudly? Did you know loud snoring is most often the result of obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder for adults and children? Sleep apnea is a condition marked by…

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Sickle Cell Anemia: Get the Facts
Kids 6/8/2011

Kristen Burns, social worker for UVA's Comprehensive Pediatric Sickle Cell Program, contributed this post. June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day. The National Institutes of Health reports that approximately 80,000 Americans have this disease, and one in 500 African-Americans are born with it. Every baby in Virginia is tested for…

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Caring for Our Patients: It’s the Little Things
Kids 6/2/2011

[caption id="attachment_675" align="alignright" width="300"] Chief Nursing Officer Lorna Facteau, RN, presents Fritz Angle, MD, and Debbie Romano, RN, with balloons for their efforts in caring for a young patient.[/caption] Sometimes it’s the little things that can mean so much: a warm smile, taking a few extra seconds, holding a door.…

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4 Steps to Sun Safety for Your Kids
Kids 6/1/2011

"Sunscreen time!" "I don't want it!" Sound familiar? Getting kids, whether toddlers or teenagers, to stand still long enough for you to adequately cover them with sunscreen can be a daunting task. But it's a crucial one; children get most of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18. And since…

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Caring for Moms and Newborns
Kids 5/26/2011

At UVA, we’re providing mother-baby-centered care to our moms and our littlest patients. With this approach, one nurse provides care for both the mother and baby (instead of the traditional approach where one nurse cares for mom and another nurse cares for baby). Studies show there are benefits to this…

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Get Exercise, Help Kids
Kids 5/25/2011

“Run 10 miles? Are you kidding me?” If that’s your response to some of the local races, you’re not alone. Charlottesville has an almost overwhelming number of walks and runs that raise money for great causes. But a lot of people may find the distance intimidating. If you’re one of…

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