Pediatrics

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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January 11, 2018

Ask the Doc – Digestive Health Issues in Children

Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children. Q: What are some things children can do to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract? A: Maintain a healthy diet. Eat on a schedule. Stay hydrated. Stay active, preferably as a family. Manage stress (even babies can have […]

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January 9, 2018

Migraine Headaches in Children and Teens – Advice and Recommendations

By Joanne Prinzhorn, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mission Children’s Hospital The complaint of a headache is the most common neurologic symptom encountered in a pediatric practice. Therefore, it is important for parents to understand basic steps to help with this problem. At the onset of a headache: Give your child prescription headache medication if prescribed or […]

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January 8, 2018

PCOS in Adolescents – What You Need to Know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Evelyn M. Artz, MD, of Mission Children’s Specialists in Asheville, offers answers about this fairly common condition in young women. Q: What is polycystic ovarian syndrome? Dr. Artz: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects adolescent and adult women. It is a fairly common condition, thought to affect somewhere between 5-10 percent of […]

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December 28, 2017

Tiny Objects, Massive Hazards – Do You Know What to Do if Your Child Swallows a Battery?

By Ashley McClary, MD McDowell Pediatrics For parents, batteries are seemingly everywhere. Toys, electronics, flashlights and key fobs are just a few of the everyday items that are charged by these tiny power sources – some of which can create serious dangers for children. Many smaller electronic items use button batteries – which are becoming […]

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December 13, 2017

In the Spirit of Safety – Avoid Holiday Dangers

By Arielle Lankford Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tis the season … for a friendly reminder about safety. With traditions, celebrations and new toys being shared, it’s important for families to be aware of potential dangers. Decorating the Tree Decorate your tree with kids in mind. Start by securing the tree in its base. Kids are […]

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