Children’s Safety

August 11, 2017

Solar Eclipse Safety – Viewing, Sun and Hydration Hazards

By Adam Harris The upcoming total solar eclipse has western North Carolina abuzz. Our area is directly in the path of the 68-mile-wide band that will experience totality, so locals and tourists alike are making plans to spend the day witnessing this historic event on August 21. In addition to the awe and wonder this […]

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August 10, 2017

Summertime Car Safety – Every 10 Days a Child Dies in a Vehicle from Heatstroke

By Shian Ponder It’s a scenario no family should ever have to face. Unfortunately, 700 families have lost a child to heatstroke from being left in a hot car, since 1998. These tragedies could have been prevented. “Today’s world is busy and fast, parents are constantly multitasking with many responsibilities. Believe it or not, it […]

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June 15, 2017

Common Car Seat Mistakes – These Simple Corrections Could Save Your Child’s Life

By Jordyn Coalson Certified Child Life Specialist What if I told you that one short book could save your child’s life? Would you read it? Or would you risk it? That one crucial book is your car seat manual, and unfortunately, it is often ignored by families when installing and using a car seat. Child […]

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May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

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May 25, 2017

Tips on Ticks – Preventing Bites and What to Know about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Dr. Ashley McClary, a pediatrician at McDowell Pediatrics in Marion, offers expert advice on avoiding the dangers of ticks, as seen in WNC Parent. What a beautiful time of the year! The days are warmer; the flowers are blooming; the grass is greener; and we’re going outside to enjoy it all. But, we’re not the only ones. Ticks also […]

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May 5, 2017

Bike Safety Tips – What to Know Before You Hit the Road or Trail

By Staci Hooper May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities across the nation. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give it a try. Whether you bike to work or school; […]

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April 25, 2017

The Next Big Step – Helping Children with Special Healthcare Needs Transition to Adulthood

By Jennifer Sellers Most parents start planning for a child to leave the nest around his or her junior year of high school. Their family becomes busy with activities like scouting colleges, applying for financial aid and securing temporary housing. But eventually, the adult child strikes out on his or her own, and the parents’ […]

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April 19, 2017

Specialization in Youth Athletes: Three Myths and Three Tips

By Mary Helen Letterle According to the 2008 National Council of Youth Sports, 60 million youth aged 6 through 18 years participated in organized sports. Over the last 25 years, youth sports participation has shifted from child-driven, recreational free play for enjoyment to adult-driven, highly structured, deliberate practice devoted to sports-specific skill development. This increased […]

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April 7, 2017

What to Do if Your Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Expert Advice for Parents

Michelle Kiser, a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Hospital, offers expert advice on what to do when your child swallows a foreign object, as seen in WNC Parent. More than 100,000 cases of ingested foreign bodies in children are reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers annually, with about 70 percent occurring in children […]

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March 16, 2017

Poisoning Prevention – Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

There are several simple steps you can take to protect you and your family from household poisons. Follow these tips from the Safe Kids WNC team at Mission Children’s Hospital. Keep Cleaners and Other Toxic Products Out of Reach Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items […]

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