Children’s Safety

May 14, 2019

Could Measles Come to Western North Carolina? What to Know about the Contagious and Deadly Virus

By Charles Letizia, Public Health Epidemiologist Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed cases in eastern Tennessee, which […]

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January 24, 2019

5 Reasons to Lose Weight before Becoming Pregnant – Your Weight can Affect You and Your Baby

Before getting pregnant is a great time to think about losing weight. A healthy weight during pregnancy can reduce the chance of fertility issues, pregnancy complications and even birth defects. 1. Fertility issues. Overweight women can have a tougher time getting pregnant. Irregular ovulation can result in more difficulty conceiving, and unpredictable periods mean some […]

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December 9, 2018

Safety First – 5 Tips to a Fun + Safe Winter Wonderland in WNC

Extreme winter weather is always a possibility this time of year. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy.

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November 20, 2018

Play It Safe this Holiday Season – Safe Toy Ideas and Tips for the Kids

By Heath Nettles  Toyland – a childhood’s joy land, but all may not be happy while you dwell within it. Each year, toy-related injuries account for more than 251,000 emergency department visits. And we know that the hospital is among the last places you and your little ones want to find yourselves any time – […]

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October 22, 2018

Talk to Your Teens: Top Tips to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

National Teen Driver Safety Week puts the spotlight on safe teen driving behavior By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens and are most often the result of inexperienced teen drivers taking risks like not buckling up, texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, driving under […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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June 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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