Children’s Health

November 5, 2019

Does Flat Head Syndrome Affect a Baby’s Brain Development?

By Meg Coleman, Nurse Practitioner If you’re a new parent, you may feel concerned about your infant developing flat head syndrome, or positional plagiocephaly. So what can you do about it? Plagiocephaly occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot – it can be on either a side or on the back of the […]

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October 18, 2019

Tempted by Halloween Candy? Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Halloween

For health-conscious parents, Halloween can be tricky. Do you set limits? Do you let kids decide how much to eat? There isn’t just one right answer. Instead, use your best judgment based on your child’s personality and eating habits. Kids who generally eat just a couple of pieces and save the rest might be trusted […]

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October 17, 2019

You Can Protect Yourself and Others with the Flu Vaccine, Take Flu Seriously

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1918 influenza (flu) pandemic that is still remembered as one of the worst plagues in history. It’s estimated that 500 million people were infected by the 1918 flu virus and at least 50 million people or more died worldwide from the strain, including an estimated 675,000 Americans. […]

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October 11, 2019

Halloween and Asthma: Don’t Let Allergies or Asthma Get in the Way of Halloween Fun

By Steven Julius, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association. And we can’t forget about the happiness and entertainment that pumpkins on display bring on the wonders of Halloween. But what happens […]

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September 30, 2019

Ensuring Our Youngest Cancer Patients Receive State-of-the-art Care Close to Home

By Douglas Scothorn, MD, and Ginna Priola, MD In most people’s lives, September represents the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and yellow school buses picking up excited kids returning to school. However, for our families at Mission Children’s Hospital, it’s a month to recognize the courageous battles being fought by their children. September […]

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September 26, 2019

Teens and Suicide: Talking (and Listening) to Your Child Can Lead to Prevention

Hearing the words “I don’t care” or “nothing matters” from your teen should be a red flag for parents. “While these comments could be chalked up to teen drama, they could also be a cry for help,” said Ashley Carver, DO, a pediatrician with Mission Pediatrics – McDowell. Teenage years can be tumultuous and fraught […]

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August 16, 2019

9 Vaccines for Your Kids – A Guide to Essential Immunizations

School supplies aren’t the only back-to-school essentials. Childhood vaccinations also top the list of must-haves. Whether it’s your little one’s first day of preschool or your high school graduate is heading off to college, getting your children immunized on time will help them stay healthy long after the school year ends. Vaccines protect individuals from […]

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July 26, 2019

It’s Not Okay to Leave a Child in a Hot Car – Even for 1 Minute

By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids In just 10 minutes, your car can heat up by 20 degrees. Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than adults – a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, their temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. […]

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July 12, 2019

Play It Safe by the Pool – Water and Pool Safety Tips for the Kids

By Beverly Hopps, Safe Kids Hanging out on the pool deck with the kiddos this summer? Summertime brings a lot of open water for kids to jump into and play. Between pools, lakes, beaches and hot tubs, remember these essential safety tips so that you and your family have a safe and fun summer. 1. […]

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July 8, 2019

What a Difference a Day Makes: The Pros of Delaying Your Newborn’s First Bath

The first 24 hours of parenthood are precious. While it’s a whirlwind of wonder, one thing many of us remember is baby’s first bath. However, research shows that waiting just one day before your newborn’s first bath can make a huge difference in their overall health. Joni Lisenbee, RN, the nurse manager of Mission Hospital’s […]

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