Important Information, Warnings, and Recalls
Well Baby Visit and Vaccine Schedule
Jennifer Stinson, RN, I.B.C.L.C.Baby Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is on staff and available to help new mothers and their babies.
Please read the well visit and vaccination schedule, and call us to schedule your well visits and any missed vaccines as soon as possible. For additional information about vaccines, please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm
Tylenol Dosing Link: http://tylenol.com/children-infants/safety/dosage-charts
Motrin Dosing Link: http://www.motrin.com/children-infants/dosing-charts
Babies Over 6 Months Need Flu Shots
Flu shot clinics will be held at Dr. Mengers' office beginning in mid-October. All children, over 6 months of age, should receive the vaccine. Babies and toddlers (6 months to 3 years of age) need two shots, one month apart to receive full protection from the flu. In addition to shots, we will also have the Flu-Mist nasal spray, which we had great results with last year. Call Dr. Mengers' office at (301) 540-7496 for more information about our flu shot clinics.
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Use Your Crib Safely
For infants less than 12 months of age, follow these practices to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and prevent suffocation:
- Place baby on his/her back in a crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress.
- Do not put pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like stuffed toys in the crib.
- Consider using a sleeper instead of a blanket.
- If you do use a blanket, place baby with feet to foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, covering baby only as high as his/her chest.
- Use only a fitted bottom sheet made specifically for crib use.
- Check Your crib for safety. There should be:
- A firm, tight-fitting mattress so baby can't get trapped between the mattress and the crib.
- No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets, or other hardware on the crib or mattress support.
- No more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a soda can) between the crib slats so a baby's body can't fit through the slats; no missing or cracked slats.
- No corner posts over 1/16th inch high so a baby's clothing can't catch.
- No cutouts in the headboard or foot board so a baby's head can't get trapped.
- For mesh-sided cribs and playpens, look for:
- Mesh less than 1 inch in size, smaller than the tiny buttons on a baby's clothing.
- Mesh with no tears, holes or loose threads that could entangle a baby.
- Mesh securely attached to the top rail and floor plate.
- Top rail cover with no tears or holes.
- If staples are used, they are not missing, loose or exposed.
This information and much more can be found at the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site.
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