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Talking to Your Children About COVID-19

Not sure how to address COVID-19 with your children? Our Department of Psychology developed this informational flyer to help families manage feelings about stress and anxiety.

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Download the COVID-19 Coloring Book from Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCA

Do your children have questions about COVID-19? Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU has developed this kid-friendly coloring book filled with factual and fun activities designed to inform kids about COVID-19.

Download the coloring book (PDF)

Do your part and be a health hero!

Let’s continue to protect ourselves, our family and those in our community by wearing a face covering when out in public spaces!

 
 

COVID-19 Behavioral Health App

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati worked in collaboration to develop a behavioral health app for COVID-19. Learn more about the app

COVID-19 Video Resources


Can I Delay My Child's Vaccinations During the Pandemic?

Maria Milla, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician with Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami and section chief for Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Care Centers. Dr. Milla explains why it is specially important for your child's vaccination schedule to be up to date during a pandemic.

It's Handwashing Time!

Proper handwashing is an important part of keeping us all healthy. Nicklaus Children's shows kids the right steps for proper handwashing.

Mindful Guided Relaxation For Young Children

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

Deep Muscle Relaxation With Visual Imagery

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

1 Minute Deep Breathing Relaxation

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

A Magic Carpet Meditation for Kids

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

5 Minute Deep Breathing Mindful Relaxation

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

Relajación Muscular Profunda, Meditación Guiada

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Un globo rojo para niños

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Paseo por una playa majestuosa

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Mi alfombra magica meditación para niños

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

A Peaceful Beach Meditation

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

El Poder de las Palabras y Afirmaciones Positivas

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Técnica De Respiración Profunda

Parte de la serie de atención plena del Departamento de Psicología del Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

The Power of Words and Positive Affirmations

Part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychology Department mindfulness series.

Safety Enhancements for Surgical Patients at Nicklaus Children's

Dr. Chad Perlyn, Medical Director of the Operating Room at Nicklaus Children’s, discusses safety enhancements and screenings for pediatric patients who will undergo surgery at Nicklaus Children’s.

Safety Enhancements at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Nicklaus Children's Hospital leaders discuss enhancements for the safety our patients, families and staff.

Your Health and Safety is Our #1 Priority

In this brief video, Dr. Marcos Mestre, Senior Director of Pediatric Services, discusses what to expect during your next visit, including the measures we are taking to ensure a smooth and worry-free experience.


It's Kids Eat Right Month

It’s Back-to-School time again, and while it may look a little different this year, the challenges are the same. “What to make for lunch and snacks?” is on every parent’s mind.

From Our Blog "Parents Connect"


Jewish Holiday Celebrations During COVID-19

By: Shifra Koyfman, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely changed the world that we know it in all aspects. Our worlds have been turned upside down in so many ways.
 
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Back to School & Back to a Sleep Routine

By: Jenise Subervi

For a lot of us, summertime means relaxed schedules and routines. In our house, this means being less strict with bedtimes for both kids and parents! With school starting up soon, I know many of us are thinking about those early morning routines yet again, and wondering how we can get our kids back on track. For a lot of us, summertime means relaxed schedules and routines. In our house, this means being less strict with bedtimes for both kids and parents!
 
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Milestones in the Pandemic - Starting High School

By: Michelle Nunez-Mendoza

I remember almost every detail of my first day of high school. What I wore (no uniforms in public school back then), my first period French class and most of the kids in my class. I came from a relatively small private Catholic school, so entering a big public high school was a huge deal. My high school memories were (mostly) amazing, and I look back on those years fondly.
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Managing COVID-19: Children with Cancer 

By: Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

The global spread of COVID-19 has led to an increase in health and hygiene practices to reduce the risk of transmission. Children with cancer who have actively or recently received treatment have weakened immune systems that can increase the likelihood of contracting infections and developing associated health complications. 
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Coping with COVID-19 for Children with Intellectual Disabilities

By: Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

As a parent or caregiver of a child with an intellectual disability during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, your family may be experiencing significant changes. You can help your child navigate these difficult times by taking into consideration 
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Tech-Free Entertainment

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria

These days, most children are hooked on technology. With social distancing recommendations and shelter-in-place orders becoming our new normal, it’s a challenge to keep kids off electronics. They’re on Zoom video conferencing for virtual school, completing assignments on the web, playing with apps on their tablets, and TV has become a way to pass #quarantinelife.
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Keeping Our Children’s Eyes Healthy During Prolonged Use of Electronic Devices

By: Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH

We all have had to make several adjustments during this new era of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. One of the most significant and unique impacts on our children in particular has been the transition to virtual schooling and an increased use of computers and electronic devices. Children in South Florida, across the country and around the world have been attending school virtually for the past two months with no clear end in sight.
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Supporting Children with ADHD While Social Distancing

By: Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

Children who have transitioned to the home-school or virtual-school setting may experience difficulties focusing. This can be especially true for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Through structure, tailored behavior management plans, and reinforcement strategies, children with ADHD can thrive in this “new normal.”
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CEO, mom and… TEACHER?

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria

Prior to this global pandemic, I would have never imagined home schooling my two daughters, ages 6 and 8. I am an entrepreneur who is used to multitasking, but now I find myself in the unique situation of managing a business, a household and virtual school all while trying to keep my sanity — I’m sure many of you are in the same boat!
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Coping with COVID-19: Guidelines for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By: Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of our lives in varying ways, and families of children with autism spectrum disorder may have unique challenges in handling information about the virus and all the changes that come with it.
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Keeping Your Food Safe

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN

We all know the importance of washing our hands to stay healthy. But did you know that all fresh fruits and vegetables need to be washed just as thoroughly? Check out these steps that you can follow to ensure your fruits and veggies are fresh and ready to enjoy!
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Keeping Kids Safe During Social Distancing

By: Malvina Duncan

As the need for social distancing continues in our communities, many parents, myself included, want to keep our children happy, healthy and safe. To most kids, the current situation feels like freedom; they are physically out of school making it challenging to focus on schoolwork with all the distractions of being at home.


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The Importance of Maintaining Routines

By: Diane Morales

Routines are an important part of everyday life, for children and adults alike. Routines make us feel safe, secure, and confident. During times like these when many children are unexpectedly home, it is especially important to keep a routine going to promote physical health and structure.
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How to Boost your Immune System with Nutrition

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN

A healthy immune system is your family’s best weapon to fight the common cold or the flu season, and our job is to keep you ready. Below is a list of six immune-boosting nutrients and the different foods they can be found in, recommended by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s #GiveMe5 program.
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Navigating a New Virtual Learning World

By: Michelle Nunez-Mendoza

Like many parents around the U.S., this week we embarked on the brave new task of virtual learning with our kids. For many parents who homeschool their children, this may be just another day, but combined with social distancing recommendations, “parenting and living virtually” as I like to call it can present some unexpected challenges. It’s also an opportunity to show our children what’s possible through educational technology and how to reconnect as a family.
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Adjusting to Home Learning

By: Jenise Subervi

We have all be thrust into a totally unexpected new normal, and for many of us, that now involves school-aged children at home with us 24/7. While many of our schools are sending out work and assignments, some of us are looking for things to do with kids who have not yet received assignments or who are on spring break already. In addition, some of us have to be able to work remotely while our children are hanging off of our arms or we need to be able to entertain them while we get said work done.
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