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May NewsletterPike County Health Department - May 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • May is Mental Health Month
  • Meet Your Nurses
  • Hospice Volunteers
  • Weight Loss Challlenge
  • Winning Ways to Well Being
  • May Ice Cream Social Calendar
  • Walk-in Clinic
  • Lemon & Herb Chicken Recipe
  • Nursing Scholarship Update
  • Testimonial Time
  • May Employee and Event Spotlight

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Car Seat Safety ClassesCar Seat Safety Courses Now Available

The Pike County Health Department has three Certified Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians on staff and is a recognized Child Passenger Safety Inspection Station through National Safe Kids. Any member of the community can come and have a technician check their seat(s) for proper installation, correct improper installations and provide the necessary education needed to ensure future safety. Technicians will also verify if the seat(s) are on the recall list, and if so, will provide the necessary information about what to do in the event of a recall.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Car Seat Safety Class given throughout the year for $15.00. Eligible Primary Caregivers are given a free car seat for attending the class. Appointments are required for one-on-one classes. Please call our office at 573-324-2111.

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Pike County Health Department to Offer Safe Sitter® Training

Safe Sitter TrainingPike County Health Department joins hundreds of cities across the country that offers Safe Sitter® babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches 6th - 8th grade girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter® program after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do. Safe Sitter® graduates learn how to handle life threatening emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They even learn about the business aspects of babysitting. Safe Sitters are more confident and capable caregivers. They also learn infant and child CPR.

If you or someone you know may be interested in attending one of our upcoming training courses, please contact our office at 573-324-2111. Download flyer for more information

Please take a moment to participate in this brief community mental health survey!

Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice, in coordination with Pike County Behavioral Health Services and the Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Coalition of Pike County, values your input as we work to improve health outcomes in our county.

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Your opinion will help us build awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues and increase access to services so that you and your family, co-workers, neighbors, congregants and friends live healthy and fulfilling lives. Your input counts and is 100% anonymous. Please take a few moments and follow the link to complete a community survey on mental health and substance use in our county.

Thank you for your participation!  Your contribution and insights are invaluable to the understanding and knowledge of the mental health needs within our community

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding Through The Night"

By Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

“How is your baby sleeping?”
“Does he sleep through the night yet?”
“Have you thought about giving him cereal so he will sleep through the night?”
“Aren’t you going to train her to sleep so you can get your rest?”

Many new mothers hear questions like these in the first year of their baby’s life.  These questions imply that an infant should sleep through the night as soon as possible which may cause a mom to second guess her baby’s frequent waking, but the research shows that it is normal and healthy for babies to wake throughout the night. This helps with development, bonding, and milk supply. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that they get better sleep than those who supplement. Responding to a baby’s natural night waking with breastfeeding produces a happy and healthy mom and baby!

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