Children’s Health

November 9, 2017

Reading Is Fundamental – NICU Book Program Helps Families Bond

By Nancy Lindell Every day, mothers and fathers walk into the Mission Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to see their babies. Often parents of these babies are unable to hold their children, to do the normal things that other parents might take for granted. In part, this is why the Family Support team developed the […]

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October 19, 2017

Healthy Kids – Keeping the Balance Between Family and Work

Arielle Lankford, NP, nurse practitioner at Mission Pediatrics Franklin offers expert advice on balancing work and family, as seen in WNC Parent. The wise and well known Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s a great balancing act.” While he was no MD, […]

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September 6, 2017

Getting Past the Pain – Sickle Cell Disease Isn’t Holding Back Jaire Rodriquez

Pain affects all of us at some point. If we’re lucky, we may escape it for many years. But that’s not the case for everyone – it certainly hasn’t been for 17-year-old Jaire Rodriquez. He has sickle cell disease, and excruciating pain has been present in his life since infancy. Sickle cell disease is an […]

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September 6, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Does My Teenager Sleep Too Much?

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers a common question about the impact of excessive sleep on teenagers. Q: My teenager sleeps a lot. Should I be worried? A: Teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but, unfortunately, most do not. Demands […]

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August 29, 2017

Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids – 4 Steps to School Success

Dr. Lucia Criveanu, a pediatrician at Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, offers expert advice on making this school year a success for your children, as seen in WNC Parent. School, whether in a public, private or home setting, is a formal education that prepares a child for life. These four steps will help improve […]

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August 10, 2017

Summertime Car Safety – Every 10 Days a Child Dies in a Vehicle from Heatstroke

By Shian Ponder It’s a scenario no family should ever have to face. Unfortunately, 700 families have lost a child to heatstroke from being left in a hot car, since 1998. These tragedies could have been prevented. “Today’s world is busy and fast, parents are constantly multitasking with many responsibilities. Believe it or not, it […]

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August 2, 2017

Head Shape Irregularities in Infants – Those Tiny Helmets Make a Huge Difference

By Jeremy Migner CarePartners Orthotist/Prosthetist You’ve likely seen a baby wearing a cute plastic helmet. But did you know the reasoning behind it? Head shape irregularities in infants are becoming increasingly common. These can be caused by positioning – either while in utero, during the birthing process or from positioning during the first few months […]

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July 19, 2017

Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person […]

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July 18, 2017

Making Healthy Web Choices – 5 Tips for Using the Internet for Your Child’s Medical Advice

“Even doctors use Google,” said Maureen Ben-Davies, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician with McDowell Pediatrics. However, while surfing the internet for health information can feel like hitting the jackpot, not all that glitters is gold. Filter for Credible Sources. Look for information by credible medical associations, government agencies and respected healthcare providers. Their health recommendations […]

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July 7, 2017

The Truth about Antibacterial Soap – What Should You Be Using to Wash Your Hands?

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Recent research on antibacterial soap shows that triclosan, usually the main ingredient in antibacterial soap, is a carcinogenic – a cancer-causing agent. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there isn’t enough research showing a benefit to antibacterial soap and long-term use shows a negative effect […]

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