Children’s Health

September 21, 2020

Mission Children’s Hospital Partnership with Mountain Child Advocacy Center Enhances Care for Babies and Children Who Are Victims of Neglect and Abuse

By Carolyn Comeau The safety and quality of life of Buncombe County’s babies and children are dependent on the adults around them. But sadly, over 4,000 children in Buncombe County alone experience neglect and physical or sexual abuse annually. – 1 in 5 children will experience abuse or neglect. – 50 percent of abuse victims […]

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August 3, 2020

What to Consider as Kids Return to School (or Not)

By Karen Vernon With students across the nation returning to in-person or virtual classrooms this fall, Mission Children’s Hospital Medical Director Ansley Miller, MD, FAAP, offered some insight to prepare kids and parents for this transition. Returning to the Classroom Successful return to on-campus settings requires a partnership between schools, local and regional health authorities […]

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July 29, 2020

The Breast Is Best: Baby-friendly Hospitals Support Breastfeeding for Its Lasting Benefits

By Cheri Hinshelwood World Breastfeeding Week in August is a great time to celebrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding — the most natural and nutritious way to sustain babies. “Many new moms haven’t had much exposure to breastfeeding and have to learn quickly to gain confidence and an understanding of how to be successful,” […]

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June 12, 2020

Appendicitis: Providing Safe Care for Kids during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau A common pediatric condition that Michelle Kiser, MD, a pediatric surgeon at Mission Children’s Specialists, saw plummet recently is pediatric appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. According to Dr. Kiser, appendicitis is the most common disease that requires surgical treatment in children and adolescents, affecting up to 8 percent of […]

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May 27, 2020

Children and COVID-19 Series: “Talking to Children about COVID-19”

“Talking to Children about COVID-19” is the third Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19. Q: How should I answer these commonly asked questions? What is COVID-19? • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors […]

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May 22, 2020

Children and COVID-19 Series: “Helping Children Cope”

“Helping Children Cope” is the second Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19. Q: How can I comfort my child in these unprecedented times? A: Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and children and teens are likely to respond more strongly. As public […]

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May 19, 2020

Children and COVID-19 Series: “Caring for Children”

“Caring for Children” is the first Q&A in this three-part series where we provide expert advice about protecting children and helping families deal with COVID-19. Q: How can I protect my family from COVID-19? A: At this time, there’s no vaccine for COVID-19, but there are ways to protect yourself and your family from exposure […]

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April 28, 2020

Mother Baby Unit Volunteer Doug Young Continues to Work at Home

By Aubrey Barnard It’s often said that new babies don’t come with instruction manuals. They also don’t stop entering the world just because there is a health crisis and a “Stay Home/Stay Safe” order. Fortunately for parents of babies born at Mission Hospital, Doug Young (who turned 90 this year) is dedicated to helping new […]

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March 25, 2020

Behavioral Health during COVID-19 Video Series

Micah Krempasky, MD, and Richard Zenn, MD, psychiatrists with Mission Hospital Behavioral Health, talk about dealing with your emotions and feelings around COVID-19, as well as methods to communicate in a healthy way with your kids and older adults. Coping with Social Distancing (Video transcript) [Micah] So, for anyone who knows me, you will know […]

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March 23, 2020

Kids and COVID-19: Pediatric FAQs

What Is COVID-19? COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a new respiratory disease thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Are the Symptoms of COVID-19 Different in Children than in […]

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