Children’s Health

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 10, 2018

Passport to Understanding – New Program Helps Surgery Patients with Autism

By Jennifer Sellers Five-year-old Taylor Burleson of Leicester has autism and uses a communication device to talk. When he was at the Asheville Surgery Center, an affiliate of Mission Health, to have tubes put in his ears, the new Linked Program pilot the center had implemented to assist children with autism spectrum disorders made his […]

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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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July 3, 2018

Kids Getting Enough Sleep? Expert Recommendations

By Bruce Bacot, MD “If there’s any uncertainty or concern, especially in school-aged children, it is never a bad idea to consider a detailed sleep evaluation,” said Bruce Bacot, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at Mission Children’s Hospital. In youngsters, lack of sleep can be mistaken for conditions like attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ultimately lack of sleep […]

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July 3, 2018

Helping Kids with Tourette Syndrome Regain Confidence – A New Tic Protocol

Kelly Hughes’ son Aidan, age 12, has Tourette syndrome, and as a result has experienced tics throughout most of his childhood. Over time, he developed more complex tics, as well as co-occurring conditions like ADHD and OCD. As diagnoses piled up, and doctors continued offering the family new theories and suggestions as to how to […]

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June 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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June 20, 2018

What is CMT? What You Should Know about This Infant Muscle Condition

By Michelle Spevak Physical Therapist Some babies are born with neck tightness or a head shape that makes them develop a preference to look right or left, a muscle condition called congenital muscular torticollis (CMT). Infants with CMT have shortened neck muscles on one side of the body causing them to look and tilt their […]

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June 15, 2018

Whooping Cough – Who All Should Get Vaccinated to Keep Infants Safe?

By Ashley McClary, MD The Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department recently announced a public health alert regarding whooping cough. There were several cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, from at least four different schools in Buncombe County. When talking to families I find that there is an immediate, gut reaction of fear for […]

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June 8, 2018

Occupational Therapy Helps Children Succeed at Life

Whether it’s trouble holding a spoon or keeping up in school, when our children struggle, so do we as parents. It’s challenging and stressful to see our children miss milestones, get poor grades or experience social shortfalls. “Some kids are fine at school, but when they get in the car or home, they totally melt […]

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