Children’s Health

June 30, 2017

Parenting Tips – Helping Children Avoid Summer Weight Gain

Andrea Branton, a pediatric dietitian at Mission Children’s Hospital, offers expert advice on helping your children avoid weight gain this summer, as seen in WNC Parent. Naturally you would think that it would be easy for your child to stay healthy and not gain weight over summer break. Over the summer there are more opportunities to […]

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June 8, 2017

Fidget Spinners – Helping Children Focus or Just a Trivial Fad?

By Gabe Bryson Fidget spinners – the relatively simple, easy-to-grasp objects – have taken over as the next big fad among children. Given their name, one may wonder if there is any practical purpose for the spinners outside of pure entertainment. “The use of fidgets has long been a support option for many children who […]

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May 31, 2017

Ask the Doctor – What Are the Signs of Food Allergy?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the warmer months. Q: What are the signs your child is allergic to food? A: Typical food allergy signs include coughing, hoarseness, rash, runny nose, tightness in […]

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May 22, 2017

What’s Your Asthma IQ? Take our Quiz, Learn the Facts

By Jason Schneider If you have asthma, spring’s allergens can mean increased flare-ups. More than 22 million people in the United States have asthma — nearly 6 million of those are children. “The very young and very old are hospitalized at a greater rate than others,” said Melinda Shuler, Regional Clinical Supervisor, Regional Asthma Disease […]

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May 19, 2017

How Long Should Your Child Sleep? Advice for Good Sleep Habits and Recommended Duration

By Bruce Bacot, MD Pediatric Pulmonologist As summer break and school vacations approach, we look forward to relaxing schedules and less structure. Even so, a consistent sleep schedule and adequate sleep each night are important. With longer days and more activities, children are often permitted to stay up much later and sleep later to compensate. While […]

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May 5, 2017

Speech and Language Disorders in Children – How to Identify Them Early

By Regina Edwards Speech Pathologist The second most common reason for special education services in public schools is speech/language impairment. But in some cases, early intervention can reverse or even prevent these impairments. Early intervention helps children develop communication skills during periods of high neuroplasticity, when the brain is best able to form neural connections […]

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April 25, 2017

The Next Big Step – Helping Children with Special Healthcare Needs Transition to Adulthood

By Jennifer Sellers Most parents start planning for a child to leave the nest around his or her junior year of high school. Their family becomes busy with activities like scouting colleges, applying for financial aid and securing temporary housing. But eventually, the adult child strikes out on his or her own, and the parents’ […]

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April 19, 2017

Specialization in Youth Athletes: Three Myths and Three Tips

By Mary Helen Letterle According to the 2008 National Council of Youth Sports, 60 million youth aged 6 through 18 years participated in organized sports. Over the last 25 years, youth sports participation has shifted from child-driven, recreational free play for enjoyment to adult-driven, highly structured, deliberate practice devoted to sports-specific skill development. This increased […]

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April 19, 2017

Living with Autism – Raising a Child on the Spectrum Affects Everyone in the Family

By Michelle Porter Tiernan A child with autism develops differently compared to his or her peers. The differences can be subtle, or they may be severe. Signs of autism in children are problems in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Raising a child diagnosed with autism can be challenging — not just […]

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April 13, 2017

Autism after the Diagnosis – A Personal Story

By Ray Hemachandra When my son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with autism in 2003, I didn’t know very much about what that meant for his life. I only knew he would always be loved and cherished by his family, and I hoped the world, just as he was. I wanted to support him in every way […]

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