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Pandemic has thwarted vaccinations; many vaccine-preventable illnesses are more deadly to kids

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Some Kentucky children have likely fallen behind in their routine immunizations because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, putting them at risk for measles, whooping cough and other life-threatening illnesses. Health experts say now is the time to get them caught up. “The risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses has not gone away due to...

Kentucky Youth Advocates: Nearly one in five women in Kentucky smoked during pregnancy in 2018

Nearly one in five women in Kentucky smoked during pregnancy in 2018, according to the 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book that was released by Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). While the statewide rate of smoking during pregnancy in 2018 was 18.7 percent, about the same as 2017, the number of counties with rates exceeding 30 percent rose from 22 to 24; Lee and Owsley counties continued to have...

Safety experts promote ABCs of safe sleep to curb instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Hundreds of babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the U.S. each year, and Kentucky safety experts are sharing valuable information to help prevent future tragedies. Pam Darnall is president and CEO of Family and Children’s Place, which runs a local HANDS program. HANDS provides in-home support to new and expectant parents. The risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced by always placing babies...

52 weeks of Public Health: The ABC’s of safe sleep reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death

This October, as part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is promoting awareness about Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and the importance of safe sleep as part of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is a term used to describe deaths occurring within the first year of life in which the cause of death...

SmartHealthToday: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) — reduce the risks to protect your baby

SmartHealthToday Team October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we want to join families in remembering the babies lost, support parents who are grieving the loss of a child, and make sure everyone is doing what they can to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and...