Pediatrics

September 20, 2018

Surviving Childhood Cancer: The Life-Long Journey of Health and Healing

By Julia Killen, Nurse Practitioner Every day, more and more children battle cancer – and beat it. They are survivors, but their journey of health and healing after cancer continues as they are at higher risk of additional health problems later in life. Currently the overall survival rate for pediatric cancer is 80 percent. The […]

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September 20, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease – What it is and the Importance of Treating it Early

By Ben Barbour, Nurse Practitioner Millions of people throughout the world are affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) – a blood cell disease characterized by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 500 African American births and 1 out of […]

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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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August 28, 2018

Need Care over the Holiday Weekend? 3 Care Options on Labor Day Weekend

Holiday weekends are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, or simply enjoy a day off. Labor Day in particular is a popular weekend holiday to savor the end of summer with friends and family. Whether you’re spending the weekend by the pool, out in nature or in your own backyard, a holiday […]

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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 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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