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  1. Teething - Routine Checkups

    All children need early and regular dental care. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a health professional, such as a pediatrician, perform a risk assessment for dental health problems by the time your child is 6 months of age.1 If he or she is considered to be at high risk, a visit to a dentist is recommended at 6 months of age or no later than 6 months after the first tooth

  2. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Air Contamination

    Chemicals are the most likely source of air contamination. An accident at a plant or factory or a train wreck might release large amounts of a hazardous chemical into the air, for instance. A terrorist attack could involve the deliberate release of a toxic chemical or gas. In a bioterror attack, bacteria or viruses causing diseases such as anthrax, pneumonic plague, smallpox, or tularemia could ..

  3. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Food and Water Contamination

    Chemicals, heavy metals like lead and mercury, and living organisms such as bacteria and viruses can all be threats to a safe water supply. These substances can also contaminate food.Unintentional contamination of water as a result of chemical leaks or spills, natural disasters, and other causes has been a much bigger problem than deliberate contamination. Likewise, accidental food contamination .

  4. Topic Overview

    In many types of public health emergencies,the safest thing to do is simply to stay indoors. If the air is unsafe because of an incident involving hazardous chemicals,radiation,or an aerosol release of a biological agent,local authorities may advise you to "shelter in place," which limits your exposure to the outside air. To shelter in place: Make sure all family members and pets that are ...

  5. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Bioterrorism and Vaccinations

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed plans on how to respond to bioterrorism threats. Certain diseases have been identified as posing the greatest threat. These diseases are:Anthrax.Smallpox.Botulism.Plague. Tularemia.Viral hemorrhagic fevers.Although the CDC is addressing all of these potential threats, vaccines are available only for anthrax and smallpox. ...

  6. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Getting Organized

    A little organization can go a long way towards helping you feel ready to handle the unexpected. Having an emergency plan and an emergency supplies kit for your household can help you and your family be better prepared for any kind of disaster.Developing an emergency planPutting together an emergency plan is easy: Choose a friend or relative as a contact person for family members to call if they .

  7. Terrorism and Other Public Health Threats - Responding to a Disaster

    Dealing with injuries In any disaster situation, transportation and communication may be interrupted, and health professionals may be overwhelmed. You may need to evaluate or treat minor or major injuries or provide first aid, since medical care may not be immediately available. You may feel more confident when an emergency arises if you know what to do in advance and have resources at hand. The .

  8. Breast-Feeding a Sick Baby - Topic Overview

    If your baby becomes ill or develops a minor viral illness,such as a cold,flu,or diarrhea,it is best to continue your breast-feeding routine. Breast milk provides your baby with the best possible nutrition. If your baby is too ill to breast-feed,try cup-feeding. With this technique,you feed your baby collected breast milk. Take your baby to visit a health professional if he or she eats ...

  9. Cup-Feeding Baby With Breast Milk or Formula - Topic Overview

    Cup-feeding is a way to provide breast milk or formula to a baby who is unwilling or unable to breast-feed or drink from a bottle. If a mother wants to breast-feed,cup-feeding is also sometimes used as an alternative to bottle-feeding for a baby who needs supplementation for a few days. To cup-feed your baby,fill a medicine cup to about 1 fl oz (29.6 mL) with breast milk or formula. Make ...

  10. Topic Overview

    Breast-feeding more than one child is called tandem breast-feeding. If you continue to feed your older child along with your newborn,keep in mind that the youngest child's feeding is the highest priority. Some general feeding guidelines can help ensure that your newborn is properly nourished: Feed the newborn about 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period,without time limitations. During the first ...

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