Mission Children’s Hospital

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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September 12, 2018

Care Options for Pediatric Patients Before, During and After Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence setting its sights on the Carolinas, the storm is likely to affect western North Carolina later this week, through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Since Tuesday, more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate 300 miles along the mid- to south- Atlantic coasts; evacuees are seeking […]

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September 6, 2018

“Don’t Wait. Communicate.” How to Plan Before Emergency Strikes

By Samantha Kappalman Are you prepared when the unexpected happens? Part of our personal wellness includes being prepared in the event of an emergency. As summer comes to a close and the kids are back in school, now is an ideal time to revisit or create your personal and/or family emergency plans. The best time […]

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August 28, 2018

Need Care over the Holiday Weekend? 3 Care Options on Labor Day Weekend

Holiday weekends are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, or simply enjoy a day off. Labor Day in particular is a popular weekend holiday to savor the end of summer with friends and family. Whether you’re spending the weekend by the pool, out in nature or in your own backyard, a holiday […]

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August 27, 2018

Stressed About Going Back to School? Transition from Summertime to School with these Tips

By Ashley Williams Carver, MD  The time has come again for preparing to head back to school. There is a flurry of emotions including stress, nerves, excitement and elation. In order to relieve some of the nervousness and stress that can come with starting a new school year, here are a few simple tips for […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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