Parenting

December 9, 2018

Safety First – 5 Tips to a Fun + Safe Winter Wonderland in WNC

Extreme winter weather is always a possibility this time of year. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy.

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November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that may help prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

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November 20, 2018

Play It Safe this Holiday Season – Safe Toy Ideas and Tips for the Kids

By Heath Nettles  Toyland – a childhood’s joy land, but all may not be happy while you dwell within it. Each year, toy-related injuries account for more than 251,000 emergency department visits. And we know that the hospital is among the last places you and your little ones want to find yourselves any time – […]

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November 13, 2018

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: When Babies Experience Withdrawal

By Meg C. Coleman, FNP, PNP Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS) refers to symptoms of withdrawal that babies may sometimes develop after birth if their mothers have taken medications or drugs that can be addictive during their pregnancy. What causes neonatal abstinence syndrome? Many drugs used by mothers can reach the baby while they […]

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November 8, 2018

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What to Know about the Rare Condition

By Chelsea Ragland, MD News headlines of a “polio-like illness” affecting children across the United States have many parents in western North Carolina worried. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that results in weakness or paralysis in children, usually following a respiratory virus. While the particular virus in the current outbreak has not […]

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November 2, 2018

Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday – Sleep, Health and Safety Tips to Fall Back

This Sunday, November 4, we set our clocks back an hour. The move back to standard time might leave you dragging come Monday morning, but there are some things you can do to help you fall back an hour without falling out of your usual sleep schedule. In addition to taking steps to be well rested, the […]

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November 1, 2018

When the Unexpected Happens: Mission’s Specialized NICU Team Cares for Parents Too

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Jill Whitfield’s story highlights how important it is to reduce premature birth rates and raise awareness of this serious and costly problem. Most expectant moms have a birth plan — an idea about how her child’s birth will unfold. Nothing was further from Whitfield’s mind than being hospitalized at 22 […]

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October 22, 2018

Talk to Your Teens: Top Tips to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

National Teen Driver Safety Week puts the spotlight on safe teen driving behavior By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens and are most often the result of inexperienced teen drivers taking risks like not buckling up, texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, driving under […]

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October 16, 2018

How a Smart Watch Detects Seizures and Helps Manage Epilepsy

More than 3 million people in the US have epilepsy – including half a million children. That’s a lot of worried parents and loved ones considering epileptic seizures can’t be predicted. A medical device that was approved by the FDA earlier this year is helping those diagnosed with epilepsy manage their condition, and ease the […]

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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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