Children’s Health

January 15, 2019

Child’s Play: How Physical Therapy Helped Baby with Congenital Muscle Condition

Olivia Stille was born in April 2016 with congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), a congenital condition caused by shortened neck muscles on one side of the body. But at the time, that was the least of her parents’ concerns — in fact, neither they nor Olivia’s doctors were aware of it yet. “When I was pregnant […]

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January 15, 2019

Birthmarks Explained: Should You Be Concerned about Your Child’s Birthmark?

Is a birthmark more than a birthmark? Most of us have birthmarks or a mark on the skin that is present when we are born or soon after. Where do they come from? Why do we have them? Our expert, William Allen, MD, with Mission’s Fullerton Genetics Center explains. Some people believe birthmarks to be […]

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January 14, 2019

Making Decisions with Your Child Now to Help Protect Against HPV Later

By Stephen Kimmel, MD Elizabeth Stone famously wrote, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” As parents we are tasked with nurturing our young ones, protecting them and preparing them to live full lives. Some things […]

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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 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 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 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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