February 21, 2018

Ask the Doc – Constipation, Diarrhea and “Poo Accidents” in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: My child has a lot of “poo accidents.” Should I be worried? A: You should bring up this issue with your pediatrician. “Poo accidents,” or fecal incontinence, happen for various reasons. The most common reason […]

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February 14, 2018

Relationship Goals – Keeping a Strong Bond with Your Pediatrician

Dr. Ashley McClary, a pediatrician at McDowell Pediatrics in Marion, offers expert advice on getting the most out of your relationship with your child’s medical provider, as seen in WNC Parent. Let’s face it, going to the doctor’s office can be a whirlwind. You try to remember everything you wanted to ask and everything that was said […]

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January 30, 2018

Liquid Laundry Pods – How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Prevent Poisoning

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital There has been a recent spike in poisoning incidents related to children ingesting liquid laundry packets – sometimes referred to as pods. A dangerous and unfortunate social media trend called the “Tide Pod Challenge” has led to several poisonings and even fatalities. Ingesting these […]

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January 23, 2018

Preventing Infections while Pregnant Helps to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to spread awareness about certain infectious diseases that can lead to birth defects during pregnancy. Learn more about these five preventable infectious diseases: Zika Virus – The CDC recommends that after traveling to a country with Zika, women wait at least two months and men […]

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January 19, 2018

A Gift from the Heart – Creating Music with a Patient’s Own Heartbeat

For Alex Farrell, a 14-year-old leukemia patient, a special musical project brings a one-of-a-kind heartwarming treasure for herself and those who love her dearly. With the help of Asheville-based nonprofit Arts for Life, Mission Children’s Hospital patients are taking part in the creative process to produce a song using their heartbeat as a rhythmic element. […]

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January 15, 2018

Getting Married and Considering Children? It’s the Perfect Time to Discuss Folic Acid

By Jennifer Vickery Preconception Health Education Coordinator Congratulations! You are getting married! You and your partner are starting a new and exciting adventure together, and for some of you this new adventure may include having children some point along the way. Whether you or your partner are planning to become pregnant in the coming months […]

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January 11, 2018

Ask the Doc – Digestive Health Issues in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: What are some things children can do to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract? A: Maintain a healthy diet. Eat on a schedule. Stay hydrated. Stay active, preferably as a family. Manage stress (even babies can have […]

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January 10, 2018

Ahead of the Curve – A Custom Remodeling Helmet Corrected Baby Janie’s Skull

“Janie was born with the most beautiful, round head, and I couldn’t stop kissing it,” said her mother, Kandace Sherman. Moms quickly learn the details of their newborns – from their features to newly forming habits. It wasn’t long before Janie’s family noticed she mostly slept on her right side, and her head wasn’t quite […]

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January 9, 2018

Migraine Headaches in Children and Teens – Advice and Recommendations

By Joanne Prinzhorn, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mission Children’s Hospital The complaint of a headache is the most common neurologic symptom encountered in a pediatric practice. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand basic steps to help with this problem. At the onset of a headache: Give your child prescription headache medication if prescribed or […]

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January 8, 2018

PCOS in Adolescents – What You Need to Know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Evelyn M. Artz, MD, of Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville, offers answers about this fairly common condition in young women. Q: What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? Dr. Artz: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects adolescent and adult women. It is a fairly common condition, thought to affect somewhere between 5-10 percent of […]

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