Kids need sleep. Without enough of it, they are at increased risk for behavioral problems, attentional difficulties and even obesity. The amount of sleep a child needs is variable and generally depends on the child’s age. The National Sleep Foundation reports that, on average, children need the following amount of sleep: Below 12 months of […]

“Hi, I’m Rebecca with Art from the Heart. Do you want to make paper airplanes to fly at your doctors or nurses?” As volunteers visiting patients and families at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the UVM Medical Center, we need quick and playful ways to evaluate how to offer support and offer families […]

How old were you when you started running? I was 10. Today, I run every day. Simply put, I love running and I run various events from relays to ultra-marathons.  This year, my next run is with the “Witness to Fitness” team at the Vermont City Marathon with a group of very different runners, from […]

Hey y’all!  My name is Victoria LaRen and I am 15 years old. I have a stomach malrotation. A malrotation happens between the 4th and 12thweek of fetal life and is when rotation and fixation occurs. For me, my artery (SMA) and my main vein (SMV) are on opposite sides of my stomach. I ended […]

The start of a new year always brings change, and that is certainly true for the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital as we enter our busiest season of the year.  We certainly see changes in the types of illnesses that winter brings as children spend more times indoors, and despite our attempts at encouraging good hand washing, […]

From Thanksgiving until the New Year, the holiday season is a busy one – and not just for shopping and enjoying holiday celebrations and festivities.  It’s also a busy time professionally, as seasonal illnesses from colds to ski injuries fill the inpatient and outpatient hallways of our University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and make them […]

The biggest concern about school-age children and pre-teens blogging is internet safety.  Yet, blogging can potentially improve your child’s writing, communication, social, and even internet and computer skills.  It can also teach them the importance of responsibility for internet safety. So if you want your child to share their thoughts online via a blog, make […]