Pediatrics

November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that can actually prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

read more

November 8, 2018

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: What to Know about the Rare Condition

By Chelsea Ragland, MD News headlines of a “polio-like illness” affecting children across the United States have many parents in western North Carolina worried. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition that results in weakness or paralysis in children, usually following a respiratory virus. While the particular virus in the current outbreak has not […]

read more

November 1, 2018

When the Unexpected Happens: Mission’s Specialized NICU Team Cares for Parents Too

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Jill Whitfield’s story highlights how important it is to reduce premature birth rates and raise awareness of this serious and costly problem. Most expectant moms have a birth plan — an idea about how her child’s birth will unfold. Nothing was further from Whitfield’s mind than being hospitalized at 22 […]

read more

October 12, 2018

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

read more

October 3, 2018

Can Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Be Treated?

By Ashley McClary, MD In the past few months, many families have asked about “hand, foot and mouth disease” as they’ve heard of cases at their child’s daycare or school. Given the timeliness of this rising concern, let’s talk about what it is, what to look for, preventing it and relieving its symptoms. Hand, foot […]

read more

October 1, 2018

Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough? Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis

by Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist With whooping cough recently in the news, you might wonder what it is and if you’re at risk for getting it. Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy. First off, what is whooping cough? Known clinically as pertussis, whooping cough is a disease that causes […]

read more

September 27, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Your Kids about Death

By the Mission Hospital Child Life Team Talking with anyone about death and the loss of a loved one is challenging – especially with the little ones. You might not realize how that conversation would go until it’s happening and you find yourself asking, “How do I tell my child?” While they may not fully […]

read more

September 25, 2018

Beyond the Numbers: Cancer Survivor Charlie Johnston is Beating the Statistics

By Ronnie Musselwhite The number is as mind-boggling as it is heartbreaking: 15,700. That’s the number of children who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States alone. Globally, the figure stands at more than 200,000. Charlie Johnston joined the ranks of these unenviable statistical groups on August 3, 2015, when oncologists at […]

read more

September 25, 2018

Good Night Baby: 5 Things You Can Do for a Safe Sleep for Your Child

New parents would do almost anything to keep their baby safe. While experts don’t know the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), some steps can decrease babies’ risks, according to Melissa Woodbury, nursing professional development educator with Mission Hospital. Woodbury advises taking these steps for your baby’s safe sleep: 1 – Create a […]

read more

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 […]

read more