Pediatrics

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 10, 2018

Precious Little Time – Cuddle Cots Give Families the Chance to Bond

By Cheri Hinshelwood  Most parents fall in love long before their baby draws its first breath. Lives are inexplicably intertwined whether they have a lifetime or mere minutes together. “It’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done,” said 36-year veteran nurse Martha Hill, RNC-OB, nursing unit supervisor for the Maternal Fetal Medicine […]

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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 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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March 29, 2018

A Tribute to Physicians on National Doctor’s Day

By Krista Gregg At two years old, my daughter has a toy medical kit that includes a stethoscope, blood pressure band and syringe that she proudly brings to me when I’m sick. She crawls on my bed and says, “Mommy, I’m going to check on you.” As we go through her routine, I am in […]

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March 27, 2018

Be the Voice – Learn the Signs of Abused Children

With children, small changes can indicate big troubles. From sudden fears to aggression, child abuse and neglect change children. “We urge adults to pay close attention to children around them. Unexplained behavioral changes can signal a child or family needs help,” said Cindy Brown, MD, a child abuse pediatrician at Mission Children’s Hospital. Whether it’s […]

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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 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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