Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Salmonella Outbreak linked to baby chicks and ducklings

CDC has announced a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Altona linked to contact with baby chicks and ducklings. Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live chicks and ducklings from homes of ill persons have identified a single mail-order hatchery as the source of these chicks and ducklings.

Fortunately, Missouri has not yet seen cases linked to this outbreak, however, we often see cases of salmonellosis linked to baby chicks and ducks given to children as pets during this time of year.

More information regarding this outbreak is available here:


FDA Warns Not to Feed SimplyThick® to Premature Infants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that parents, caregivers, and health care providers should not feed the thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks gestation because it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.

Friday, May 27, 2011

FREE resource for parents from MADD

MADD has created a great new resource for parents. This evidence-based tool, based on Dr. Robert Turrisi’s successful program for parents of college students, was adapted for parents of high school students to assist parents in communicating with their teens about alcohol and to prevent underage drinking. Research has shown a reduction in the teens’ underage drinking by 30%. http://support.madd.org/docs/madd_handbook_email.pdf

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Child Care workshops ONLINE!!!

Child Care Aware of Missouri now offers online training workshops.  Choose from a variety of topics to meet your individual needs. Explore how this new training opportunity can work for you at www.mo.childcareaware.org