Pediatrics

August 22, 2019

Suite Smart: New Mission Hospital McDowell Birthing Suites Give Families Comfort and Security

Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s most joyful events. In western North Carolina expectant parents are enjoying the amenities and enhanced safety offered by Mission Hospital McDowell’s five new state-of-the-art birthing suites. Margaret Sullivan, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Mission Women’s Care – McDowell and service line leader of Women’s Services […]

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August 21, 2019

A New Normal: A Custom Prosthetic Hand Gave Young Cheyanne Her Childhood Back

By Robert A. Poarch “Before, Cheyanne would hide her hand. If I went to introduce her to people, she would stick it in her pocket a lot, or in her hoodie, or hide it behind her back if she didn’t have a pocket,” said mother Jessica Worley of Asheville. “She doesn’t have to worry anymore. […]

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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

Conforming Healthcare for Nonconforming Youth – Creating a Safe Space for Trans, LGBTQ Individuals

Diversity enhances the intellectual, emotional, economic, moral and spiritual life of a community. Lucky us! With 83 percent more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) residents than an average American city, the Asheville area is vibrant and thrives on diversity. But diversity isn’t always understood and its acceptance can be outweighed by social stigma, […]

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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 18, 2019

Why You Should Always Wear a Helmet – Bike Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

By Beverly Hopps Did you know that properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent? It’s a true, hard fact, yet less than half of children age 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. Like we were here to tell you that, yes, sunscreen is cool, wearing […]

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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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June 20, 2019

Tech Time and ADHD – How Much Is Too Much?

Limiting Screen Time “Too much screen time may push people on the cusp over the edge,” said Penny O’Neill, MD, a pediatrician at Mission Women’s and Children’s Center Franklin. Dr. O’Neill believes the brain can be trained or untrained by fascinating games that reward impulsivity. Those with poor attention are later challenged to focus on […]

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May 29, 2019

There’s No Place Like Home: How Child Life Cares for Kids Before, During and After Surgery

By Sam LaRose Sticks and stones may break bones, but Child Life is there! Did you know that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries for children? Injuries from falls may not always be serious, but sometimes they can lead to broken bones – and sometimes broken bones can mean surgery. While kids always […]

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