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Halloween Safety: Tips for a Real Treat
Kids 10/25/2011

Halloween. It’s one of the most exciting nights of the year for many children. But it’s also full of many hazards and scares that aren’t fun at all. UVA Children’s Hospital offers the following tips to help keep this Halloween a safe one. Choosing the Right Costume Plan costumes that…

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Teen Bullying: Taking It Seriously
Kids 10/20/2011

It’s been in the news a lot recently (including our story on about younger kids and bullying yesterday). Whether online or in person, teen bullying has had parents, schools and communities grappling with how best to address this. It often seems to end in tragic stories of suicide and even…

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Art With Heart Exhibit Opens: A UVA Children’s Hospital Benefit
Kids 10/14/2011

[caption id="attachment_1972" align="alignright" width="300"] Lily with her painting[/caption] It’s the opening night of the exhibit, and Lily just sold her first painting. And she’s only 6. She’s proud, but a little confused – some stranger wants her dog? In the crowded gallery at the McGuffey Art Center, Lily’s mother tries…

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Inhalants 101: Hidden Dangers
Kids 9/27/2011

Huffing, bagging, sniffing … all terms commonly used to describe the act of inhaling dangerous household products. The Blue Ridge Poison Center states over 1,000 household products including typewriter correction fluid, cooking spray, nail polish remover, spray paint and glue can all be used in this manner. While most parents…

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Backpack Safety for Kids
Kids 9/1/2011

Aching back and shoulders…weakened muscles…tingling arms…stooped posture. Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. You can take these steps to help your child load and wear…

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Namaste: Yoga Class Helps Kids With Special Needs
Kids 8/22/2011

[caption id="attachment_1265" align="alignright" width="300"] Children participate in a yoga class for kids with special needs at UVA's Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.[/caption] Picture a yoga class — what do you see? Perhaps a group of women posing in a serene setting. Limbs outstretched. Breathing deeply. …Peaceful, right? Now imagine a yoga…

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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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