1. Flu / Influenza Information
2. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
3. Car Safety For Children
Flu/ Influenza information
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused b influenza viruses. The flu can cause mild to severe illnesses, and it can also lead to death in some cases.
Signs and symptoms:
Everyone who is 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine this season. While it is important that everyone recieve a flu vaccine, it is especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Higher risk people such as ones who are at high risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
Click here: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), sudden infant death syndrome is a leading cause of fatality in babies between 1 month and 12 months of age. The following are recommendations from the AAP:
Reduce the Risk of SIDS While Pregnant
Supervised Tummy Time When Awake
Reduce the Risk of SIDS During Infancy
To learn more about Sleep Safety and SIDS, click on the following links:
Car Safety for Children
In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) determined that motor vehicle injuries was the leading cause of death among children in the United States. How can you help prevent serious injuries or fatalities?
In March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the same statement: "All infants should ride rear-facing starting with their first ride home from the hospital. All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that parents/caregivers use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short. This sets a good example. Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat, or car seat, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight:
Rear-facing car seats. Infants should stay in rear-facing car seats as long as possible.
Front-facing car seats. When infants move into front-facing car seats, they should remain in those seats until they are at least 4 years old and weigh 40 pounds. However, it is safest to stay in a front-facing car seat until the height and weight limit of the seat is reached or the seat no longer fits.
Booster seats. Once children outgrow a front-facing car seat, they should use a booster seat until they are big enough for the seat belt to fit right. Children can stop using a booster seat when they can sit with their back against the seat back while their legs bend over the end of the seat.
Seat belts: fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the middle of the child’s shoulder and chest. This typically occurs when the child is 4’9” tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.
*All children age 12 or under should sit in the back seat.
*Never seat a child in front of an air bag.
Resources on Car Safety:
Car Safety Seats: Information for Families for 2013