Mission Children’s Hospital

October 12, 2018

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

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October 9, 2018

Risks of Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

One in 20 pregnancies will result in preeclampsia. What exactly is preeclampsia and how does it impact blood pressure? We spoke with Mary Cascio, MSN, RNC, about preeclampsia, and what it means before, during and after pregnancy, and what symptoms you should look for. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia (sometimes referred to as toxemia) is a […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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October 3, 2018

Can Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Be Treated?

By Ashley McClary, MD In the past few months, many families have asked about “hand, foot and mouth disease” as they’ve heard of cases at their child’s daycare or school. Given the timeliness of this rising concern, let’s talk about what it is, what to look for, preventing it and relieving its symptoms. Hand, foot […]

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October 3, 2018

Can a Midwife Deliver My Baby?

By Grace Rice, Certified Nurse Midwife As a certified nurse midwife (CNM) working in a collaborative hospital practice, many of our patients show up for their appointments and don’t know that they’re seeing a midwife – let alone what a midwife is. As a result, I often get asked questions like, “Can you deliver my […]

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September 27, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Your Kids about Death

By the Mission Hospital Child Life Team Talking with anyone about death and the loss of a loved one is challenging – especially with the little ones. You might not realize how that conversation would go until it’s happening and you find yourself asking, “How do I tell my child?” While they may not fully […]

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September 25, 2018

Beyond the Numbers: Cancer Survivor Charlie Johnston is Beating the Statistics

By Ronnie Musselwhite The number is as mind-boggling as it is heartbreaking: 15,700. That’s the number of children who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States alone. Globally, the figure stands at more than 200,000. Charlie Johnston joined the ranks of these unenviable statistical groups on August 3, 2015, when oncologists at […]

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September 25, 2018

Good Night Baby: 5 Things You Can Do for a Safe Sleep for Your Child

New parents would do almost anything to keep their baby safe. While experts don’t know the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), some steps can decrease babies’ risks, according to Melissa Woodbury, nursing professional development educator with Mission Hospital. Woodbury advises taking these steps for your baby’s safe sleep: 1 – Create a […]

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September 20, 2018

Surviving Childhood Cancer: The Life-Long Journey of Health and Healing

By Julia Killen, Nurse Practitioner Every day, more and more children battle cancer – and beat it. They are survivors, but their journey of health and healing after cancer continues as they are at higher risk of additional health problems later in life. Currently the overall survival rate for pediatric cancer is 80 percent. The […]

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September 20, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease – What it is and the Importance of Treating it Early

By Ben Barbour, Nurse Practitioner Millions of people throughout the world are affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) – a blood cell disease characterized by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 500 African American births and 1 out of […]

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