Pediatrics

December 2, 2020

7 Misconceptions about the Flu Shot

The 1918 influenza (flu) pandemic 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. We have learned the lessons of yesterday: take […]

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November 20, 2020

5 Benefits of Choosing a Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital

By Carolyn Comeau Countless studies underscore breastfeeding’s powerful benefits, including reducing a baby’s risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory tract and ear infections, a wide range of allergies and even diabetes. That’s why Mission Hospital McDowell’s new Baby-Friendly® hospital accreditation from Baby-Friendly USA, the organization that recognizes facilities that commit to enacting a […]

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October 23, 2020

Newborns and Coronavirus: Helpful Ways to Protect Their Health

One thing that won’t ever change? Newborn babies at our hospital and their mothers who get our absolute best, every time. It’s understandable for parents to have questions about what to be aware of with respect to newborns and COVID-19. Although there’s no vaccine for COVID-19 yet, there are ways to safeguard yourself and your […]

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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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July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 29, 2020

Fireworks Safety Tips

Little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including burns and other injuries. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event: Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 […]

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June 24, 2020

Don’t Leave Your Kids in Hot Cars

By Tracey Gates, RN June is National Car Safety Month, which is a good time to remind parents about the dangers of leaving children in cars when it’s hot outside. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 there were 52 hot car deaths and in 2018 a record 53 deaths. The first […]

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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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