Julia Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell is an alumna of Millsaps College (’04) and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (’08). She recently completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, in Jacksonville, Florida. She is now practicing with Dr. Carole Mangrem and Dr. Peggy Wells at the Children's Clinic of Clarksdale, 2245 North State Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614.        

Crying by Dr. Mitchell

Babies communicate through crying. Ask a first-time mom after a few weeks of being around her newborn, and she will be able to differentiate the meanings behind her baby’s various cries. Of note, not all cries indicate hunger, so a bottle is not the only solution to a baby’s cry. If babies cry for more [...]

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Vaccines by Dr. Mitchell

One of the most important things you can do for your children is to ensure their immunizations are up to date. Vaccines are very safe and indeed life-saving. Many of the infectious diseases that once required hospitalization and resulted in complications and even death are now preventable through routine vaccines. Unfortunately, many myths have been [...]

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Dry Skin and Eczema by Dr. Mitchell

Eczema is a common problem in children. As one of my medical school professors was prone to say, “it’s the itch that rashes.” Keeping the skin well-moisturized is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the itch as well as the spread of the rash. Creams and ointments are better than lotions [...]

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“Terrible Twos” by Dr. Mitchell

“Terrible twos” are typified by tantrums and may manifest before the age of two. Tantrums can be a normal stage of development in which children do not have the language to express themselves; thus, frustration, anger, or fatigue may lead to screaming and crying and even arm flailing and head banging. Ignoring the behavior is [...]

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The Common Cold by Dr. Mitchell

The “common cold” affects virtually all children. In fact, kids may get 8-10 colds a year with a normal immune system. Unfortunately, we have no cure for the common cold, but the body itself has amazing disease-fighting abilities that just need to be supported for your children to heal. Most colds will last 7-10 days [...]

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Healthy Living by Dr. Mitchell

Obesity in today’s children is an increasingly glaring problem in the MS Delta. Community efforts are needed as well as individual family commitments to eat healthy foods and engage physical activity.  The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates the 5-2-1-0 Rule as guidelines to keep children healthy. 5: Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and [...]

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Dental Care by Dr. Mitchell

You can start caring for your baby’s teeth even before a single one has erupted! For young, toothless babies, you should wipe out their mouths after each feeding with a soft washcloth. This protects the gums and future dentition. When that first tooth appears, it’s time to start brushing! Use a soft toothbrush and water; [...]

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Back to Sleep by Dr. Mitchell

Newborns and infants should be placed on their backs to sleep in their own cribs or bassinettes to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Studies have shown that supine (back) positioning is the safest for babies and that sleeping on their stomachs or even on their sides puts them at risk for SIDS. Often parents [...]

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Gifts by Dr. Mitchell

During this season of gift giving, we must be mindful of toy safety.  A child’s developmental stage can help guide us upon the type of present to purchase. For instance, infants explore the world through their mouths so we want to avoid small parts as they are a choking hazard. Toddlers are unsteady on their [...]

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Reading by Dr. Mitchell

Reading to your children is one of the best gifts you can give them, and it’s never too soon or too late to start! Reading to babies and young children helps with the development of their brains and prepares them for skills in learning to talk, read, and understand. Studies show that early steps of [...]

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Summer Heat by Dr. Mitchell

As we reach the peak of the summer with intense Delta heat, here are some reminders of how to keep you and your children safe and healthy this season. Avoid direct sunlight during the hours of 10a.m. and 4p.m. Apply sunscreen with at least 15 SPF. Increase your daily intake of water to avoid dehydration. [...]

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