Many new moms and dads often feel the “baby blues” after giving birth – sadness, irritability and a lack of energy and interest for daily activities. When these feelings last more than 2-3 weeks, it might be time to talk to someone. You are not alone. There are resources available to help you feel better.
Want to try something new with the family to get moving this year? Take a look at the list we compiled for Montcalm County!
Have you taken your child to the dentist?
The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that your infant begin visiting the dentist by age 1. Seeing a dentist early is all about prevention. Today’s dental teams can cultivate and protect your child’s smile by identifying risk factors and behaviors that could spell trouble in the future. Most parents are shocked to discover that too much fruit juice and inadequate oral hygiene can result in significant decay by 2 to 3.
Start building the best foundation for your child’s oral health and overall health by taking your child to the dentist six months after the first tooth comes in, or by your child’s first birthday. Establishing a ‘Dental Home’ by 1 may eliminate the need for dental fillings by 2.
For a listing of local dentists that accept Healthy Kids Dental please see this list!
As many of you may know, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS recently updated its recommendations for safe infant sleep. The article, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, draws on new research and serves as the first update to Academy policy since 2011.
NICHD’s Deputy Director, Dr. Cathy Spong, participated in an AAP press event during which AAP members and Dr. Spong reviewed the recommendations and research that informed the updates. During the press conference, Dr. Spong mentioned that she understands “the challenges of keeping babies healthy and safe not only as a mother of four, but also as a physician.” Dr. Spong continued, “Like other new parents and expectant families, I want to know what is best for my children and, especially, what I can do to help keep them healthy and safe.”
Dr. Spong acknowledged the important role that health and allied care service providers play in supporting families to make informed decisions about safe infant sleep. She also reiterated NICHD’s commitment to “continue to reach out to parents, caregivers, and those who interact with parents and caregivers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.”
To reflect the latest evidence-based guidance on safe infant sleep, the Safe to Sleep® campaign updated its educational messages and will begin revising its outreach materials. We expect to have new Safe to Sleep® educational materials ready to ship in early 2017!
Please note that our current materials are still accurate. You may continue to order free copies of any publication we offer.
Thank you for your continued efforts to support infant health and safety!
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Recent studies and government reports continue to highlight what many Americans know by their wallets: Rising income differences, debt and stagnant real wages are among the biggest problems besetting the nation.
That economic inequality is reflected in America’s schools, right? Absolutely.
But a study just out shows that the gap in school readiness between rich and poor children entering kindergarten closed significantly — by 10 to 16 percent — from 1998 to 2010. Some ethnic/racial achievement gaps declined as well. Reed the full story below.
Looking for evidence-based strategies for supporting very young children to learn and grow? You may want to check out the Tips for Tots series. Each one-page document features a theme (e.g., Support with Transitions), information about what to expect and why, and strategies for supporting the emotional health and success of infants and toddlers.
A New DLL Electronic Toolkit for Programs, Early Educators, Child Care Providers, and Families: released by HHS’ Office of Head Start, includes free resources on supporting the learning and development- including dual language development – of DLLs at home, in early learning settings, and in the community.
USDOE Fact Sheet: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings.
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state. The focus of the document is on classroom practices, rather than on school- or systems-level practices (which will be addressed in a future document). The document focuses on prekindergarten, as literacy knowledge and skills developed in the preschool years predict later literacy achievement.1 Prekindergarten education has the potential to improve “reading-by-third-grade” outcomes. Early childhood programs can also help to address disparities in literacy achievement. Research suggests that each of the ten practices in this document can have a positive impact on literacy development. We believe that the use of these practices in every classroom every day could make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievement. They should be viewed, as in practice guides in medicine, as presenting a minimum ‘standard of care’ for Michigan’s children.
Read full report: http://www.gomaisa.org/sites/default/files/Pre-K%20Literacy%20Essentials%203.2016.pdf
The single most effective action that parents and caregivers can take to lower a baby’s risk of SIDS is to place the baby to sleep on his or her back for naps and at night.
Compared with back sleeping, stomach sleeping carries between 1.7 and 12.9 times the risk of SIDS.1 The mechanisms by which stomach sleeping might lead to SIDS are not entirely known.
Read more at: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/campaign/science/Pages/backsleeping.aspx