Pediatrics

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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November 1, 2019

It’s Personal: How Mission Hospital’s NICU Goes Above and Beyond

Baby Owen was due to enter the world in August of 2016. His mother, Amanda Bauman, 35, of Waynesville, had experienced a healthy pregnancy, and all was going as planned…until an obstetrics appointment in late June led to an emergency C-section. Bauman’s August baby arrived, surprisingly, on June 21. A Sudden Turn of Events “I […]

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October 30, 2019

Tips and Reminders to Avoid the ER on Halloween

Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year. Out of eight holidays, Halloween had the fifth-highest number of ER visits involving children aged 18 years and younger, according to 2007-2013 data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, with […]

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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 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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