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Designated Driver ServiceThe Pike County Health Department will be offering multiple FREE vaccination clinics during the month of August

The Pike County Health Department will be offering multiple FREE vaccination clinics during the month of August during our walk-in hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 8 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm.   These opportunities are for children 11 years old through 18 and college students’ ages 19 through 26.  We will also have 2 outreach clinic opportunities:  one will be in Louisiana at the Twin Pike YMCA and the other clinic will be held during the Back to School Fair at the Pike County Fairgrounds.

The clinic locations, dates and times are below:
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the month of August at the Pike County Health Department 8 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm
Monday, August 4, 2014 at Twin Pike YMCA 10 am-1 pm
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Back to School Fair-Pike County Fairgrounds 9 am-12 pm

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Pike County Health Department Celebrates Breastfeeding with Show-Me Latch

Breastfeeding MonthThe Pike County Health Department will kick-off World Breastfeeding Week and Missouri Breastfeeding Month by hosting this year’s Show-Me Latch. Women in various locations throughout the state and world will join together to raise awareness by collectively breastfeeding their children.

All breastfeeding moms and their children in Pike County and the surrounding areas are encouraged to attend this inspiring event!

When:  Friday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice, 1 Health Care Place, Bowling Green, MO
(Behind Wal-Mart)
Food & Drinks Provided! Give-Aways & Drawings!
Any Questions? Please contact Leah Diffey 573-324-2111

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WHERE’S BABY? LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK!

Temperatures in cars soar quickly.  Even with a window cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach very high and dangerous temperatures within minutes.  In these extreme conditions, children can die or suffer a permanent disability in a matter of minutes.

  • NEVER leave children alone in or around vehicles, not even with the windows down (This applies to pets as well). If a child is left alone in a vehicle for a short time there is danger of heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.
  • Always keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even at home, and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.  Unlocked cars pose a risk to children who are naturally curious and often fearless.
  • Teach your children the dangers of a car and let them know it is not a toy or playground.
  • Make your child as visible as possible.  Place rear-facing car seats in the middle of the back seat.
  • Establish a routine of checking the back seat every time you exit the car to ensure no one is left behind.  Don’t overlook sleeping infants.
  • Place your child’s diaper bag or a small toy in the front seat to serve as a constant, visible reminder of your child’s presence in the car.
  • Place your purse, briefcase or other personal item in the back with the child to serve as an additional reason to check the back seat.
  • Ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn’t arrived as scheduled.
  • Try to plan ahead when you have errands.   Run errands when your spouse, trusted neighbor or friend can watch your child.
  • Remember to use the drive-through convenience provided by banks, dry cleaners, pharmacies, restaurants and other businesses.
  • Pay at the pump at gas stations.
  • When a child is missing, check vehicles and trunks immediately.
  • If you see an unattended child in a car, call 911 immediately.

This article provided by Pike County Health Department, Home Health and Hospice.
For additional information visit:  KIDS & CARS and Safe Kids USA.


Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Growth Spurts"

A growth spurt, also known as a “developmental spurt” or “frequency days” is a time when a baby or older child goes through a phase in his or her development where he or she has additional nutritional, physical, and emotional needs. I often have moms contact me during these times because their baby is fussy and they are worried that there is not enough milk.

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