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Friday, 25 October 2013 14:49

Safe Sleep



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The UnionCounty Health Department wants every child to be safe. That's why we offer free Pack 'N Plays to Union County families who need a safe place for their baby to sleep. To be eligibile for a free Pack 'N Play, expectant parents must be at least 32 weeks or have an infant under 1 year of age and be income eligible (WIC or Medicaid eligible). To learn more about the Cribs for Kids program, please call Susie Knox, BSN at 937-642-2053.

Ohio Facts

  • More than three Ohio infant deaths each week are sleep-related.
  • Infant sleep-related deaths outnumber deaths of children of all ages (0-17) from vehicular crashes.
  • Forty-two percent of infant deaths from one month to one year old are sleep related.
  • Sixty percent of sleep related deaths occurred in adult beds, on couches or on chairs; only 23 percent occured in cribs or bassinets.
  • Sixty-six percent occuted to infants who were sharing a sleep surface with another person

Check out this safe sleep brochureicon SafeSleep_Brochure and find more information at www.SafeSleep.Ohio.gov

Safe Sleep Recommendations

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.

  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.

  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).

  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.

  • Don't use wedges and sleep positioners.

  • Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.

  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.

  • Breastfeeding is recommended.

  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.

  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.

  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.

  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.

  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).    

  • See How can I reduce the risk of SIDS?http://www.cdc.gov/TemplatePackage/3.0/images/icon_out.pngfrom the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to learn more about each of these actions.

    Parent Tools

    • Use the Safe Crib Checklist to make sure your crib and sleep environment are safe.icon Safe-Crib-Checklist
    • The Safe Sleep Assessment Tool lists the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe sleep. icon Safe-Sleep-Assessment
    • Take our Infant Safe Sleep Quiz and be entered to win a free Side Carrier from Aprica. 
    • The Travelling Safe Sleep Crib has been on display in locations throughout the county including the Union County Health Department and the Board of Developmental Disabilities at the Harold Lewis Center. To have this crib on display at your business or school, email Emma.Brofsky@uchd.net. 

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    Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

    • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)- the death of an infant under one year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly.
      • Examples include suffocation, strangulation, infection, heart problems and SIDS.
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history.
      • SIDS is the leading cause of infant death from 1–12 months old.
    • Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB)—the leading cause of infant injury death. Several possible mechanisms can cause sleep-related suffocation by obstructing an infant's airway including:
      • Suffocation by soft bedding—such as a pillow or waterbed mattress.
      • Overlay—another person overlaying or rolling on top of or against the infant.
      • Wedging or entrapment—wedging between two objects such as a mattress and wall, bed frame, or furniture.
      • Strangulation—such as when an infant's head and neck become caught between crib railings.

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    Saturday, 27 August 2011 01:41

    Child Development Screenings

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    Free Online Screening Tool (ASQ)
    Help Me Grow - Child Development Services & Resources 
    Interactive Tools to Track Your Child's Development


    Online Child Development Screening Tool 

    The Union County Health Department wants every child to have a successful start to life. That is why we offer the nationally recognized Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) for free to all Union County parents with a child 0 to 5 years of age. ASQ is a free, easy-to-use online "quiz". It only takes about 20 minutes to complete and provides you with a personalized assessment of your child from our development expert. To complete the tool, click on the ASQ-3 and the ASQ-SE links below. After completing both "quizzes", our development expert will email you a personalized assessment within five business days.         

    Click here to see how your child is growing: Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3)
    Click here to see how your child is interacting: Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ-SE)

    Once you complete the screening tools the results will be sent to the Union County Health Department. All information you provide, including your contact information and development information, will be treated as medical information and will not be shared with anyone without your written consent. For more information on the ASQ, please contact the Union County Health Departmetn at (937) 642-6911.

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    Help Me Grow - Child Development Services & Resources

    Help Me Grow offers developmental screenings, home visiting, and parent education to help your child grow, learn and be healthy. The Union County Help Me Grow program, formery housed at the Union County Health Department, is now housed at the Madison County Department of Job and Family Services. 

    The Union County Health Department houses the Early Head Start program. We can answer specific questions about your child’s development, teach you to help your child learn, and ensure your child is healthy. The Help Me Grow and Early Head Start staff can also connect you with other resources that help you make the best choices for your family.

    How can Help Me Grow and Early Head Start programs help you?

    • During your pregnancy: We can provide information about how your child is developing, what you can do care for yourself and your child, how to prepare your home for your expected child.
    • Developmental Screenings: We provide developmental screenings for your child from birth to age five. We screen for speech development, motor skill development and your child’s social emotional development. Developmental screenings help you know how your child is developing and helps assess if additional resources might be needed.
    • Developmental Evaluations: We can help your family connect to additional services if there is an ongoing concern about your child’s development. A developmental evaluation will assist your family in receiving services for specific areas of concern about your child’s development. A developmental evaluation may assist your child in qualifying for Part C services under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
    • Helpful Parenting Tips: We can provide for you helpful age appropriate parenting tips on every area of your child’s development. We have parent education resources from a variety of resources and curriculum. The staff will provide material to meet your family’s need.
    • Connecting to your community resources: If there is a concern about your child’s development we can help connect you to the resources in our community that will help you meet your child’s needs. Our goal is to make sure that your family knows the resources in the community to ensure your child is growing, learning and healthy.
    • Someone to ask questions and talk to: Every parent receives advice from multiple directions. We listen to your concerns and frustrations and will seek answers for your questions.


    How does the Health Department program work?

    • Home Visiting (preferred but not required): We prefer to do our screenings, evaluations and education in the natural environment of the child. This is where the child is most comfortable and where the child spends most of their time learning.
    • Parent Education: While we draw on a number of resources for our parent education, our staff uses Parents As Teacher as their main resource. The material is personalized for each visit and provides valuable ideas of activities you can do with your child.
    • Individualized Family Service Plan or a Family Plan: Every family will have an Individualized Family Service Plan or a Family Plan that will assist in providing services for you family. The plan will list the goals you have for your child, what services or activities and resources will be utilized to assist you to meet that goal and ongoing follow along to see if the goal is being met.

    Parenting is hard work. We are here to help you by providing screenings, education and resources for you and your family. If you are interested in discussing how we may be able to help you and your family please call us at 937-642-2053.

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