It's the season of giving thanks, and we here at First 5 Amador would like to take a moment to say a very special thank you to all of the partners, friends, and community that make the job we do so much easier ~ all year round!
Thank you to each and every one of you who is making the well-being of our children a first priority in your lives!
CEO, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Did you know that an estimated 15 million babies around the world are born premature each year and that more than one million of them do not survive their early birth? Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. That's a staggering number to contemplate. Even though the United States has seen sustained improvement in its preterm birth survival rate, it has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any industrialized country. November marks Prematurity Awareness Month and I want to provide you with some important information and tips on how to care for a premature infant.
Babies born too early often have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision. The first few weeks at home with a preemie can be especially trying, whether your baby was born at 26 or 36 weeks. Healthy Mom&Baby illustrates four tips that every parent should in keep in mind:
Keep your baby warm. - Your born-too-early baby lacks enough fat under her skin to keep herself warm unless she is sufficiently swaddled. Don't crank up the thermostat to 80º F (after all, Eskimos have babies, too). Instead, wrap your baby in layers, such as a body suit, followed by another layer, and perhaps a blanket, depending on how cool you keep your house. Wise parents wrap their babies in more than one layer for easy adjustments if the baby gets too warm or feels too cool.
Feeding frenzy? Your preemie baby needs to eat every 2 to 4 hours to gain weight consistently. Do NOT let the baby sleep for more than 4 hours at one time during the first few weeks. After that check with your healthcare provider to learn when it's OK to let her sleep longer than 4 hours at a time.
Breast feeding for a preemie. Avoid fasting during the night to keep your blood sugar from dropping too low. Set up a breastfeeding station for nights. Before turning in, arrange a plate of wholesome snacks and a pitcher of juice and/or water at your station. You don't need to drink milk to make milk. The idea is to get yourself into a routine feed both you and your baby at the same time.
Keep your infant in germ-free areas. Preemies have reduced resistance to germs, viruses, and bacteria in their world - they're immunosuppressed. It may take up to two years to fully gain immunity to the world we live in.
If you are wondering how you can make sure your infant's living area is clean for the next two years, here is how:
Wash your hands before and after every diaper change
Limit visitors and absolutely no visits from anyone who is sick
Play the 'NICU card' for doctor's appointment times (schedule for early or latest in the day)
Keep up with routine vaccinations (talk with your healthcare provider about flu vaccinations for both you and the baby )
DO NOT ALLOW SMOKING anywhere around your baby
By incorporating these premature baby tips, you can help ensure the safety of your baby. Furthermore, please join me in spreading awareness of the prematurity health crisis on November 17th for World Prematurity Awareness Day.
You can do this by changing your profile pictures to World Prematurity Day on Facebook and Twitter and posting to social media with #givethemtomorrow and #worldprematurityday. Together we can increase awareness worldwide. For more tips on taking care of your premature baby, please visit health4mom.org.
Thank you to Huffpost for this article.
Dad and Me Every Month!
Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!
This month we will have an adventure with Potter the Otter! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.
Please note, because of Thanksgiving, Dad and Me will be the THIRD Saturday this month:
Saturday, November 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm. See theFLYER with all the information.
Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!
Are you a preschool teacher or director,
a child care provider,
a kindergarten or TK teacher?
Join us for the revival of ...
Kids in Common
Wednesday, November 14, 5:30-7:30pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Dinner and free child care provided,
please call us to reserve your spot,
(See flyer below!)
How can you give kids the best start in life?
One of the most important factors for early intervention services, is the early and accurate identification of infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disabilities.
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are screening tools designed
to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?
Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH
National Adoption Month in November raises awareness and increases outreach concerning the need for permanent families across the United States. Every year, there is a growing need for children of all ages to find secure and safe families. All month long, National Adoption Month events provide tools and resources to help individuals and families understand the process and learn more about adoption.
While the month sets out to raise awareness, it also recognizes those dedicated to impacting adoptive children and families in positive ways. From each family to organizations that make adoption possible, the month-long celebration acknowledges the commitment and rewards combined with an adoptive family.
Cut the pear in half and place in the center of a platter.
Arrange the sliced grapes around the pear, forming 2 rows.
Arrange the square apple pieces around the grapes, forming 2 rows.
Arrange the sliced bananas around the apples, forming 2 rows.
Cut out the beak, wings, and legs from baby carrots using a sharp knife.
Add those items to your turkey.
Place 2 mini chocolate chips on the turkey for eyes.
One day, California's success
will be measured by the
well-being of its youngest children.
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Over 800 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).