• Creating Healthy Media Habits

    Posted by Tara Swaby, LSN, RN on 4/15/2019

    Screen time is changing childhood – kids are getting less time to play outdoors and socialize with friends -- recent research shows it's affecting their mental health. More kids than ever before are struggling with anxiety and depression, and some common-sense limits need to be set to give our kids healthy boundaries around screen time.

    Check out this infographic from Common Sense media about creating healthy media habits.

    Healthy Media Habits

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  • The Importance of Sleep

    Posted by Tara Swaby, LSN, RN on 1/16/2019

    Sleep Chart

    *Chart by Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines Iowa

    American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Childhood Sleep Guidelines
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children from infants to teens. The guidelines, "Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations" will be published June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The AAP endorses the guidelines and encourages pediatricians to discuss these recommendations and healthy sleep habits with parents and teens during clinical visits. 

    The consensus group recommends the following sleep hours:

    Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    The group found that adequate sleep duration for age on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression, especially for teens who may experience increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

    In addition to these recommendations, the AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children's bedrooms. For infants and young children, establishing a bedtime routine is important to ensuring children get adequate sleep each night.

    Download the AAP's "Brush, Book, Bed" program.

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  • Head Lice

    Posted by Corilynn Woods, RN on 12/21/2018

    Head Lice Infographic Head lice - yuck! No one wants it, but it's a common community problem, that doesn't discriminate, often infesting people with good hygiene. Spread mainly through direct head-to-head  contact. It's important to check for lice FREQUENTLY and REGULARLY!

    Lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed on human blood. When checking for head lice, you may see several forms: the nit, the nymph, and the adult louse.

    Learn more by clicking on the infographic*!

    *Summarized from MDH and NASN.

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