Home Visiting Program - Infants and Children
The goal of the Child and Infant Visiting Program is to ensure that every child has an optimum environment in which to grow and learn. We team up with families to help them increase their ability to create this environment. This program is available to any family/parent interested in learning more about caring for a child.
Our Home Visiting Team consists of nurses, social workers and nutritionists who provide information and referrals on a wide variety of subjects to all families in our community.
- Meets with children and their family in their home.
- Identifies the family's concerns, challenges, barriers, strengths and goals.
- Looks at the family's needs such as housing, food, transportation, medical coverage, family relationships, chemical dependency, mental health, parenting issues, accessing resources or services, and help them use community resources to address these needs.
- Provides assessments and screenings for children to determine their strengths and find areas where they need help.
- Provides information about growth and development, parenting concerns (such as sleeping, eating, childcare, behavior management), and family relationships.
- Helps the family develop ways to meet their goals.
Keeping kids safe from an accidental drug overdose
Each year in the US, one of every 150 two-year-olds visits an emergency room for treatment of an accidental medication overdose. In recent years, the number of accidental overdoses in young children has increased by 20 percent.
Any vitamin or medicine, even those you buy without a prescription, can cause harm if taken improperly.
All medicines and vitamins should be stored in a place that's too high for children to reach or see. Always put medicines away after you use them. Never leave them out on a kitchen counter or a sick child's bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours.
Make sure safety caps are locked after you use medicines. If it's a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear a click.
Teach children about medicine safety. Never tell children that medicine is candy to get them to take it.
Ask visitors and houseguests to keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.
Be prepared for emergencies. Program the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) into home and cellphones.
"Even with improvements to packaging, no medication package can be 100 percent childproof," Dr. Richard Dart, president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, said in the news release. "Poison centers receive calls every day about young children getting into medicines without adult supervision; that's why we encourage all parents and caregivers to follow these simple steps to ensure their child's safety."
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Dec. 13, 2011
Active Kids - Help your kids be healthy and active - Missoula Health Dept.
Is your child ready to be home alone? - checklist from MT DPHHS
SIDS & Safe Sleep information - CJ Foundation dedicated to reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Deaths.