Mission Children’s Hospital

May 6, 2020

Expect the Unexpected: A Traumatic Journey Ends with a New Baby

By Cheri Hinshelwood Paige Wood was expecting a new baby in a couple of weeks, but what she wasn’t expecting was the phone call that came the last week in June. Wood learned her husband, Ryan Neff, had been in a traumatic skateboarding accident and was being flown to Mission Hospital with serious injuries. The […]

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April 29, 2020

Being Pregnant and Having a Newborn during COVID-19 (Videos)

Keeping Labor and Delivery Safe during COVID-19 [Bre] It is especially important right now to be in the care of medical professionals because of how volatile this virus is. And, being in Mission Hospital with our Level III NICU to me is the best place for you to have your baby right now in case […]

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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 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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March 13, 2020

5 Reasons to Consider Locking Your Medications if You Have Young Kids

By Robert A. Poarch The statistics make a clear case. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine every minute, which adds up to nearly 500,000 calls per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “about 60,000 young children end up […]

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February 27, 2020

Orthorexia: Are You Taking Healthy Eating Too Far?

Whether it’s cutting back on red meat or limiting processed foods, there’s usually nothing wrong with improving your diet. But when that effort goes too far — when you become so fixated on clean or healthy eating that it affects your well-being and day-to-day functioning — you may have a condition called orthorexia. “Orthorexia is […]

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February 18, 2020

Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease: Having a Baby if You Have a Heart Defect

By Cheri Hinshelwood According to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, if one parent has a congenital heart disease (CHD), the risk of having a child with CHD is 3-6 percent — and even higher if the parent is the mother. Advanced heart care has turned the impossibility of motherhood for women born with heart defects […]

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January 18, 2020

Handle with Care: Managing Cold and Flu Season for Mothers-to-be

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Winter weather means cooler temperatures and an increase in the occurrence of colds and influenza (the flu). For pregnant women and those breastfeeding, these common ailments bring special considerations. Knowing what to do if you catch a cold or the flu is important to keeping both mother and baby healthy. Safety […]

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January 10, 2020

Why Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Is Critical (Video)

By William Allen, MD Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is not a clinical diagnosis, rather a term that includes a group of developmental disorders resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. There Is […]

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January 7, 2020

Understanding Obesity by Talking to Your Child’s Doctor about Weight

By Evelyn M. Artz, MD About 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Overweight and obese children are at risk for weight-related problems as they grow. Part of providing excellent healthcare for children and adolescents involves discussing weight at doctor’s appointments. How Do We Define Obesity? Children and adolescents should have both their height […]

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