CHILDREN & FAMILIES
CAR SEAT CHECKS
In the State of Missouri, children under the age of 8 must be secured in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. It is estimated that 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. LCHD has Certified Passenger Safety Technicians on staff that can inspect for proper installation and make sure your seat is appropriate for your child's size and age.
Lead poisoning is a health risk for young children. Kids may be exposed to lead through lead-based paint or dust that is contaminated with lead. Lead testing should be done at at age one and two and for any child under age six that has never been tested. Lead screening is available free by appointment for Medicaid-enrolled children, and $15 for all others.
Health experts worldwide agree that breastfeeding provides the best start for a new baby; there are wonderful benefits for the mother as well. LCHD has a Certified Breastfeeding Educator on staff to answer your questions about breastfeeding. We also hold breastfeeding classes twice a year and loan breastpumps to residents of Livingston County.
WIC (WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN)
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutritional program offered to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infants and children under age 5.
The goal of the Federally-funded WIC program is to help young children get off to a healthy start. Eligibility is based on nutritional risk and Federal income guidelines. WIC clients receive nutrition education and counseling and supplemental food packages. WIC has recently added baby food and fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to its food packages.
Income guidelines are generous, a family of four can make as much as $44,863 a year and still qualify.
Immunizations protect your child from serious illness and are required for attendance at school or licensed daycare. The Livingston County Health Department participates in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program.
Adults need immunizations too! Grownups need a tetanus booster every ten years and a flu shot annually. We offer other adult vaccinations: Hepatitis A and B, Shingles, Pneumonia, and HPV.
Smart Connections® is a free program from Trauma Smart® for caregivers to connect, network and enhance skills in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. Anyone who deals with kids can add tools to address challenging behaviors as well as to increase connection with your child. Mary Taylor, RN and Maternal Child Health Coordinator at the Health Center will be the instructor. There is no charge to attend classes.