Your Child’s Vision
Parents want to provide the best conditions for their child’s visual development. Without good vision, a child may quietly lose the key means to learn and grow. What that means is that a child may “fall behind” or have trouble staying on track due to undetected vision problems. It is possible that a teacher may think your child has a learning disability when the problem may be vision-related. Because vision problems may begin at an early age, proper eye care is vital to learning and personal adjustment. Vision develops and changes throughout childhood. A child’s vision needs a variety of stimuli to develop properly.
One in twenty ...
…preschool age children has a vision problem that can cause permanent sight loss if left untreated. One in four school-age children in America has a vision impairment according to Prevent Blindness America. The risks of vision impairment to your children can impact them for a lifetime.
Recommended Eye Exam Schedule 1st exam at 6 months 2nd exam at 3 years of age 3rd exam before starting kindergarten Then every year while in school
A Final Word
Protect your child’s valuable eyesight and see your eye care professional for regular examinations from birth through adulthood. Early detection is the key.
Vision is a learned skill & learning begins at birth.
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Nutrition Tips for the Expectant Mother When you’re expecting, everything you consume is also consumed by your baby. With that in mind, there’s no better time to give yourself a nutrition makeover. Simply adding some of these foods to your daily diet will provide both of you with the nutrition you need. Ground flaxseed can be sprinkled on cereal or add to baked goods for a jolt of omega-3s. Wheat Germ - Add a fiber-filled spoonful to a smoothie. Quinoa and wild rice - these tasty whole grains can be used in place of white or brown rice. Whole-grain crackers or bread make a great snack, especially when topped with peanut butter or nonfat cream cheese. Whole-wheat flour - Substitute half a recipe’s white flour with this healthier variety. Whole beans are an easy way to add fiber to soups, salads, and sauces. Whole-grain cereals are a great source of fiber. Add some fruit for added nutrients. Multigrain pasta is more nutritious and tastier than you might think.
on hand so you never get bored. Fruit juice - Opt for 100 percent cranberry, orange, or grapefruit. Look for calcium-fortified varieties. DHA-fortified eggs are a good source of omega3s. Hard-boil or scrambled, they’re also very versatile. Veggies such as baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli bits are great defense against hunger attacks. They’ll also increase fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium in your diet. Greens such as spinach or mixed lettuce provide extra iron as well as vitamins A and C. Flash-frozen varieties are often just as nutritious as fresh produce. Extra-lean ground beef and roasted chicken are both very versitile and great ways to give yourself an extra boost of iron and protein.
Peanut or almond butter spread on apple slices for a high-protein midmorning boost.
Frozen yogurt can be used to make delicious chocolate sundae — don’t forget the nuts.
Canned fruit spooned over frozen yogurt makes a delicious treat, or simply eat as is - just try to stick to the low-sugar variety.
Frozen fruit is great for making a quick smoothie.
Nuts - A handful of almonds are packed with pregnancy-friendly nutrients like folic acid and calcium; walnuts are a great source of omega-3s.
Dried fruit - Raisins and apricots are bursting with fiber. Skip dried bananas and pineapple, which are usually loaded with added sugar. “Light” chips - Switching to baked potato chips is an easy way to improve on an otherwise highfat snack. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A which is important for your baby’s development. Olive oil is better for your heart than most other oils. The spray versions help you not overdo it Low-fat Pudding is a delicious way to add calcium to your diet. Fat-free dairy is full of calcium, protein and vitamin D but not saturated fat. You’ll find these benefits in cottage cheese, string cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, and milk, fortified with vitamin D. Fruit - Sweet, mild fruit such as bananas and melon are less acidic than pineapples and kiwis, which can be too harsh for a pregnant woman’s sensitive system. Make sure you have a variety
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New Baby Checklist Whether you’re registering for a baby shower or anxious to start shopping for your bundle of joy, here are some important things to have on your list. p Diapers: Re-usable or disposable, you’ll need plenty on hand. p Disposable wipes. Always have a few packets on hand -- this is not an item you want to run out of.
p Breastfeeding pillow p Nursing pads p Lanolin lotion for sore nipples p Breast milk freezer bags
p Diaper rash cream
p Diaper bag
p Nasal bulb syringe for clearing stuffy noses
p Baby monitor p Pacifiers, if you want to use them. p Bottles, including nipples: Make sure you buy nipples for newborns.
p Baby nail clipper p Infant bath tub p Baby shampoo and cleanser
p Bottle brush
p Baby lotion
p Breast pump: Go for the fancy automatic double pump if you plan on pumping after returning to work.
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Childbirth education classes offered Countdown to Delivery and Beyond
Saturday, April 14 Saturday, May 5 Saturday, June 2 Time: 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Location: West Campus Classroom #1 (also Classroom #2 in November), Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa, Mason City Fee: $25 per student Instructor: Eastman, RN; Ritter, RN; Zrostlik, RN, MHNP Purpose: This class is designed to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. You will learn about recognizing signs of labor, breathing techniques, comfort measures, newborn care and
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postpartum recovery. Take in third trimester. Course Content: Stages and phases of labor, pain management strategies, third trimester changes, newborn care at home, mothers recovery and care at home Note: Scholarships are available for those in financial need. Contact the Education Department at 641-428-7100 at least one month prior to the first class session about the availability of these funds. Registration: call the Education Department at 641-428-7100
Breastfeeding: A Healthy Start
Monday, April 2, Instructor: Gruis, LPN Monday, May 7, Instructor: Gruis, LPN Monday, June 4, Instructor: Malek, RN, BSN Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: West Campus Classroom #2, Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa, Mason City Purpose: Many parents choose breastfeeding for feeding their newborn. Though breastfeeding is natural, and babies are born with reflexes that help them nurse, there is an element of learning for parents. Whether you have chosen to breastfeed your newborn or you are undecided, take this opportunity to visit with a lactation specialist and nutrition specialist; learn about breastfeeding and how to prepare for the breastfeeding experience. Mothers and their partners are encouraged to attend this class. Take anytime during pregnancy. Course Content: Advantages of breastfeeding, breastfeeding myths, anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding, assisting your baby to nurse, nutrition for mother and baby, father’s role in infant nutrition Fee: $10 per person Note: Scholarships are available for those in financial need. Please contact the Education Department at 641-428-7100 at least one month prior to the first class session about the availability of these funds.
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Teething Bites Tips for helping a teething baby find relief As teeth erupt, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Some babies may have sore or tender gums and often find relief by chewing. Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger can be soothing. Offering the following may help relieve your baby’s discomfort:
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A cold or wet washcloth Hard, cold objects such as spoons A popsicle A frozen bagel A cold teething biscuit A chilled plastic teething ring or pacifier Cold, slushy foods such as applesauce or frozen, slushy fruit juice
You and Your Dentist:
Partners in a Healthy Smile
If you develop healthy habits as a child, you’ll enjoy a beautiful smile with healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime! Regular checkups and professional cleanings are essential to a healthy mouth, but that’s not all it takes to keep your smile bright and white. Follow these at-home care tips to help prevent cavities and maintain optimum oral health for your child. • Brush and floss correctly in the morning and before bedtime. • Assisted brushing/flossing is often necessary with younger children. • Depending on the ability of your child to spit, a small smear of fluoride toothpaste may be recommended to prevent tooth decay. • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. • Limit the number and frequency of sugary snacks/drinks your child consumes. • If your child chews gum, offer them a sugarless variety. • Non-alcohol containing fluoride mouth rinses may be recommended to assist your child with cavity prevention.
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DIAPER BAG CHECKLIST When traveling with a baby or young child, you can never be too prepared. TheNestBaby.com suggests packing yours with the following items below. Adjust according to season, the length of your trip (around the block or around the world?), and baby’s age and special needs. o Diapers (one for every two hours and a few extra) o Diaper wipes in a zipper bag (these also work as hand wipes for mommy) o Changing pad o Diaper cream o Plastic bags for dirty clothes and diapers o 1-2 changes of clothes o Shirt or jacket for baby and mommy o Blanket o Hat for sun or cold o Bottles and formula (for a lighter
load, measure powdered formula into clean bottles and mix with water at the destination) o Baby food and spoons o Burp cloths and bibs o Teething gel or rings o Pacifiers o Toys for comfort and distraction o Hand sanitizer o Sunblock (if baby is over six months) o Antibiotic cream, fever and pain reducer, antihistamine o Emergency phone numbers, information
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Tips for keeping your baby’s teeth healthy Primary teeth typically begin to appear when a baby is between age six months and one year. Good dental health is essential to your baby’s gums and those future permanent teeth. To be sure your baby’s new pearly whites get the best care:
1. Start cleaning your child’s mouth even before her teeth come in. Wipe your baby’s gums a warm, wet washcloth or a damp piece of gauze wrapped around your finger. 2. Begin gently brushing your child’s teeth with very soft toothbrush and a little bit of water as soon as the first tooth appears. These first teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones and help baby chew and talk. If they’re not cared for properly they can decay, which can result in gingivitis and affect the spacing of permanent teeth. 3. Watch for cavities. Discoloration and minor pitting are the first signs of cavities in baby teeth. Putting baby to bed with a bottle of milk (or worse, juice) is notorious for causing cavities. Don’t leave your infant with a bottle for long periods of time, especially if you notice he’s no longer feeding and is just using the bottle for comfort. 4. Regulate baby’s fluoride intake. Nonfluoride toothpaste can be introduced at about age 2. Wait until at least age 3, when your child is old enough not to swallow the toothpaste, before introducing the fluoride kind. Even though your baby isn’t using a fluoride toothpaste, he should get enough fluoride -- important for preventing tooth decay -- from drinking tap water. 5. Schedule a dental exam. The American Dental Association recommends that baby get his first dental exam as soon as his or her first tooth erupts, but at least no later than the age of 1. Scheduling regular dental check-ups can help your child maintain a life-long healthy smile.
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Before you head outside to enjoy that beautiful day with baby, look over this important checklist of ways to stay safe in the summertime. the picnic the night before and refrigerating it -- this way, it’ll stay cold longer once outside. n When it’s hot outside, baby needs more breast milk or formula than usual. (Not water, though! This can mess with electrolytes.) n Look over the playground before you let the little one loose. Metal equipment -especially slides -- can really heat up under the sun. And a burned bottom isn’t fun for baby or you!
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n Stay out of the sun. Babies under six months should never get direct rays, and older kids should still avoid as much as possible. This means hats (look for one with a flap that covers the neck), an umbrella on the stroller, and lots and lots of shade. n If you have a pool outside, empty it every night -- no exceptions. Even the tiniest bit of water can spell serious danger for a baby. And, make sure you or another present adult knows CPR and life-saving techniques when you’re around water. n When you’re in or around water, keep baby within arms reach... because no, babies can’t swim. For kids under four, swim classes don’t count as a way to decrease drowning risk. n Don’t put insect repellent on babies under two months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. After that, check the labels carefully -- older kids (and adults!) should never use repellent with more than 30% DEET or picaridin concentration. Oil of lemon eucalyptus shouldn’t be used on kids under three years. If you pick a natural repellent, look for age restrictions printed on the bottle. n When you do apply repellent, do so sparingly, and only on exposed skin. Don’t put it on hands, areas around the eyes and mouth, or any irritated skin or wounds. If you’re spraying, do it outside and away from food. Once you’re back inside, use soap and water to wash away the repellent. n Stay away from areas that attract bugs, including open foods, blooming gardens and stagnant water. And, save the bright, flowery-printing clothes for an indoor day. n Having a picnic? Don’t let the food sit outside for more than two hours, or if the temp is over 90°F, one hour. Also, try packing
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Influenza and your child Influenza is a respiratory illness, a highly contagious viral infection, affecting mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and, occasionally, lungs In the very young, the elderly, and those with other serious conditions. Infection can lead to severe complications including pneumonia and respiratory distress. Children especially are spreaders of germs. Keeping in mind that influenza is a highly contagious viral infection, the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health encourages vaccinations for individual protection as well as the way to prevent the spread of the illness. Symptoms of influenza range from fever to muscle aches. Headache and extreme tiredness, perhaps combined with a dry cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose are other symptoms. Healthy adults may inadvertently infect others beginning one day before symptoms appear and up to five days after becoming sick. Anyone is at risk for the influenza virus Not only does a vaccination protect the person getting it others around them are also protected. Healthcare and emergency medical personnel who are vaccinated keep from spreading the virus. Spread of the virus is mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. People can sometimes become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their nose or mouth. The Iowa Department of Pubic Health sees vaccination as the best way to prevent seasonal flu. There are two types of vaccines, a flu shot or a nasal spray flu vaccine. The shot is an inactivated vaccine that contains killed virus that is given with a needle. The flu shot is approved for use in those six months of age and older, including people with chronic medical conditions. Nasal spray flu vaccine is made with live, weakened viruses that do not cause the flu. The spray is less invasive and the weakened
live virus dies once it hits the nasal area. The spray is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. The spray is appropriate even for healthy persons who live with or care for those in a high risk group. The one exception is healthy persons who care for others with severely weakened immune systems. The timing and duration of influenza seasons vary, and yearly vaccination should usually begin in September when the vaccine becomes available. The flu season can last into December, January, and beyond. Outbreaks can happen as early as October, and usually peaks in January. However, the season may last until spring. Children 8 and under need two doses for seasonal flu. They are not fully protected by the first dose, and the second dose gives a boost to the immune system. The next year they will need only one dose. “It is sometimes hard to get kids back for the second dose,” said Karen Crimmings, Disease Prevention and Investigation Service Manager. Certain people should get vaccinated each year if they are at high risk of having serious flu complications. Those who live with or care for high risk persons should also be vaccinated. High risk categories for influenza complications and transmission include: children aged six months up to their 19th birthday; pregnant women; people 50 years of age and older; people with chronic medical conditions; people who live in long-term care facilities; and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu. The influenza virus changes every year. Public health providers and those who make the vaccine decide each year which kinds of flu will likely make people sick. Viruses almost never are the same from year to year, so the kinds of influenza in the vaccine change every year. The vaccine only protects
TODDLING TIMES 2012 • 13 for one year. “After six months, we encourage everyone to get the vaccine,” said Crimmings. Children under six months are too young to get the vaccine. Washing hands with soap and water, or using a hand sanitizer if hands do not look dirty, helps protect people from the flu. Staying home from work or school while ill also helps protect others.
Parents with questions about immunization can call the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health at 641-421-9300. Questions may also be directed to the department’s Disease Prevention and Immunization Clinic at 641421-9321. Another good source of information is the website at www.cghealth.com.
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Whenever you buy specially selected baby items at this store, you’ll receive “Baby Bucks” at the checkout. Oncee you collect $300 in “Baby Bucks”, take them to the Hy-Vee Customer Service counter and receive a $10 Hy-Vee Gift Card useable on anything at Hy-Vee. Earn as many gift cards as you want.
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Online resources help verify products’ safety Kids in Danger is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children from defective products. Their website www.kidsindanger.org provides information regarding popular products with dangerous track records. The U.S. government does set safety standards for many children’s products, however, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association’s standards are higher than those set by the federal government. The JPMA certifies a wide variety of products, from bassinets and cradles to infant carriers and walkers, all manufactured by companies who voluntarily meet the organization’s requirements for certification. Look for the JPMA’s seal of certification when buying children’s products or visit www.jpma.org for a complete list of certified products. The Consumer Reports website (www.consumerreports.org) offers free and for-fee information about baby products and gear. You can also find the group’s reviews and ratings compiled in the book Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, by Sandra Gordon. Always read the packaging to make sure that the toy or product is age appropriate for your child. The age you see on the label reflects important characteristics about the product — such as whether it has small parts that could choke or sharp edges and points that could scratch. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains a complete list of recalled products on its website, www.cpsc.gov. Two categories “Child products (not including toys)” and “Toys”make it easy to find what you’re looking for. These listings contain important information such as: • a description of the product being recalled, including product numbers and when and where the product was sold • injuries that could result from using the product • steps the manufacturer is taking to remedy the situation • contact information for the manufacturer The CPSC also offers free recall alert e-mails so parents can be notified directly when a product is recalled.
Newborn Hearing Screening In 1997, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program was developed at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. Since that time, a three-way cooperative partnership has ensued between Mercy Medical Center, AEA 267 and Hearing Associates, P.C. for newborn hearing screening, follow-up and monitoring for high risk or hearing impaired infants and children. Since its inception, the process has evolved so that each office involved plays a specific role in screening, identification, tracking and habilitation of newborns with and without hearing loss. Newborns are screened at the Mercy Medical Center North Iowa Newborn Nursery. Those who pass Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions (TOAE) without high risk factor have then completed the hearing pathway. Children who pass the newborn screening but are born with a high risk factor are monitored with Delayed Progressive Incidence (DPI) screenings every six months until age three at either the AEA 267 Clear Lake office or Hearing Associates, P.C. Children who pass the screening but have been monitored for more than 5 days in the NICU or have a high risk factor should be referred for diagnostic evaluation to AEA 267 or Hearing Associates P.C. before age 3. Children who fail the newborn screening are referred to AEA 267 Clear Lake office for a repeat screening and impedance measures if needed, preferably by two weeks of age. If the child fails the 2 week screening, a second screening may be administered at AEA 267 or second
screening may be referred to Hearing Associates, P.C. Children who continue to fail the TOAE screenings should be referred on to Hearing Associates, P.C. for diagnostic evaluation for hearing loss. Hearing Associates initial test battery consists of Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions testing, impedance measures, including multifrequency tympanometric and acoustic reflex probes. Additional test protocol consists of screening or diagnostic auditory brainstem response evaluations, as well as steadystate evoked potentials for infants older than 3 months of age or for babies who continue to show hearing impairment. Following diagnostic evaluation, we have the privilege of working closely with the families of children with hearing impairments and fitting these children with hearing aids and other assistive devices. The habilitation of infants with hearing loss may consist of hearing aid fittings at Hearing Associates, and speech, language, and aural rehabilitation services through Early Access for Children and Families and AEA 267. Additionally, referrals to our local ENT physicians, pediatricians, cochlear implant programs, family organizations such as “Guide by Your Side,” and genetics counseling specialists allow these children and families to have the assistance they need to thrive in a hearing world. For more information regarding audiology services at Hearing Associates, please call: 800-621-6424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beware of Baby Danger Zones Your child’s early attempts at walking and climbing are inherently dangerous. But factor in your home’s sharp table corners, electrical cords, and toxic cleaners, and the potential for disaster is everywhere. Follow our room-by-room checklist to reduce your child’s risk of injury and potential hazards...
• Keep cosmetics, razors, grooming scissors, and medicines (even vitamins) in a locked cabinet or drawer. • Put a latch on the toilet seat and keep it closed. Small children can drown in just a few inches of water. • Make sure the floors and lower shelves of your linen closet are free of small items that your toddler might choke on, such as cotton balls or swabs.
• Use a VCR lock to prevent your child’s prying fingers from getting trapped in the video slot. • Check under recliners and sofa cushions for loose change and other choking hazards, especially after guests leave. • Secure bookcases to the wall with brackets. Your tiny tot could topple a bookcase simply by reaching for a book or climbing on a shelf. • Cut window-blind cords, or tie them out of kids’ reach, to prevent strangulation. Remove small plastic pulls or metal slides from the window cords to prevent choking. • Hide electrical wires behind furniture. Never run them under carpeting. And cover up any exposed outlets with screw-on covers or cap plugs.
• Place refrigerator magnets high enough so that your toddler can’t grab them and pop them in her mouth. • Lock the door of your dishwasher, oven, front-loading dryer, or any other appliance your child might get into. • Keep knives away from countertop edges.
• While cooking, turn pot handles away from the front of the stove to prevent dangerous spills. • Keep all cleaners, as well as plastic bags, plastic wrap and foil locked up. • Unplug small appliances when not in use.
• Keep office supplies where your child can’t grab them. Be sure to keep sharp objects like scissors or letter openers out of reach. • Cover up power strips -- not only to prevent electrocution but also to keep your tot from unplugging the computer while you’re working. • Cover any sharp furniture edges or corners with adhesive cushions. If buying new furniture, look for pieces with rounded edges and corners. • Avoid using a desk with a gliding keyboard tray, which might pinch your child’s fingers. If you do use one, find a tray that locks in place. • Swivel chairs can be hazardous if your toddler slips and hits his head. Try cushioning the legs and base with a foam swimming noodle cut to fit. • Hang a mirror on the wall above your computer monitor so you can see your child playing in the area behind you.
Around the House
• Remove the rubber ends from door stoppers on baseboards; they pose a choking risk. Or remove the stopper entirely and install a V-shaped hinge pin at the top end of the door. • Hide wastebaskets under the sink or in a locked cabinet. Or use a container with a secure lid.
TODDLING TIMES 2012 • 17 • Keep your guests’ purses or bags out of your toddler’s reach; visitors may carry risky medications, toiletries, or choking hazards. • Install childproof knob covers on doors to your basement, garage, laundry room, attic, and bathrooms.
Away from Home
• Scan the room as soon as you arrive, and immediately move breakables out of your toddler’s reach.
• If you’re staying for a while or going to a hotel room, bring your own outlet cap plugs, cabinet locks or latches, and tub mats. • Travel with a portable crib so you have a place to put your toddler for a few minutes if you need to leave the room. • Move tempting items, like small toiletries and drinking glasses, out of kids’ reach.
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Feed Baby with Less Mess
Serve finger foods when possible. Cooked pasta and cereal can go right onto the high-chair tray - no spoons or dishes required!
Protect the floor with an old sheet or anything easily washable. Keep in mind, babies tend to fling food. Be sure to cover enough surface to catch any flying food.
Cover slippery pieces of fruit, like peaches and bananas in crushed cereal before placing them on baby’s tray. They won’t slide of out of little hands quite so easily.
After your baby has finished his or her meal, let them play with a warm, damp washcloth while still sitting in the highchair. Clean up the tray while your little one cleans himself up a bit.
Get a dog to sniff out and lick up any bits of baby’s meal that managed to get away.
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What do vaccinations protect you from? Diphtheria causes a thick coating in the nose, throat, airway. It can lead to breathing problems, heart failure, paralysis, death. It can be prevented by having the DTaP vaccine. Tetanus also called Lock Jaw, causes serious, painful spasms of all muscles and can lead to “locking of the jaw, “so the patient cannot open mouth or swallow. It can lead to death. It can be prevented by having the DTaP vaccine. Pertussis, also called Whooping Cough, can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage or death. It can be prevented by having the DTaP vaccine. Polio causes fever, sore throat, nausea, headache, diarrhea, stomachache, stiffness in the neck, back and legs. It can lead to breathing difficulty, paralysis or death. It can be prevented by having the polio vaccine (IPV). Measles causes rash, cough and fever. It can lead to diarrhea, ear infection, pneumonia, brain damage or death. It can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine. Mumps causes fever, headache and swollen glands under the jaw. It can lead to hearing loss, painful, swollen testicles, meningitis (an infection of the brain & spinal cord). It can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine. Rubella, also called German Measles, causes rash, mild fever, swollen glands, arthritis. Babies could die during pregnancy. Babies could be born deaf, blind, with brain damage, heart disease or other serious problems. It can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine. Haemophilus Influenza Type B causes meningitis, pneumonia and other infections. It can lead to ear infections, croup, permanent brain damage or death. It can be prevented by having the Hib vaccine. Hepatitis B causes a life long contagious infection & chronic illness. It can lead to chronic liver disease or cancer. It can be prevented by having the HBV vaccine. Varicella, also called Chicken Pox, causes fever, itchy blisters and more serious illness. It can be complicated by bacterial infections of the skin and lungs, causing brain damage
and death. It can be prevented by having the Varicella vaccine. Pneumococcal illness is a serious disease among children. It can cause ear infections, meningitis or death. It can be prevented by having the PCV13 (Prevnar) vaccine. Hepatitis A causes fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and jaundice. A person who has hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household. It can be prevented by having the HAV vaccine. Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among children. It annually causes 55,000 U.S. children to be hospitalized and 600,000 children to die worldwide. It can be prevented by having the Rotateq or Rotarix vaccine. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It can cause cervical cancer and other diseases in females. It can be prevented by having the Gardasil vaccine. Meningococcal illness causes infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord or fluid that surrounds the brain. It can lead to high fever, headache, stiff neck, death. It can be prevented by having the Menactra or Menomune (MCV4 or MPSV4) vaccine. ºSource: Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health
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