November-Prematurity Awareness (click here for more)

Birth is a wonderful and complex process. Fortunately, the outcome for most women is a full-term health baby. However, in some cases a baby may come early. Premature birth is less than 37 week gestation. Babies born this early may have more health problems or may need to stay in the hospital longer. Here are some things you can do to lower your risk of having a baby prematurely:

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Get prenatal care as soon as you think you might be pregnant
It's important to seek care if you think you might be having preterm labor, because your doctor may be able to help you and your baby.

Daylight savings time ends November 5th

Getting an extra hour of sleep might seem like a dream, but the ending to daylight savings time can wreak havoc on you and your whole families sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to help prevent the time change from becoming a nightmare:

  • Gradually adjust your child's nap and sleep times by 10 and 15 minutes each day before the time change so the shift is more gradual for them. Move it later leading up to the fall time change.

  • Having a regular bedtime routine can help your child be ready to drift off. Following regular steps from dinnertime to bedtime will help your child slow things down and be ready to snuggle up. Stick to the routine even as the time changes so your child understands what's expected.

  • Wake up at a normal time Sunday morning. Use the extra time to go for a walk or make a hearty breakfast.

  • You may get frustrated with the change in sleep patterns, but remember, your child is just listening to the cues their body is giving them when they have trouble falling or staying asleep. Work on making changes to the environment, schedule, or routine that will help their bodies sleep.

  • With all the focus on your child's sleep, don't forget to take care of yourself too! Many adults feel sluggish and cranky themselves after the time switch, so make sure you're getting the rest you need as well.

  • Know your bodies will adjust. It might take a few days to feel 100 percent normal, but fear not, your bodies will adapt to the new light-dark cycle.

    November 16th - Great American Smokeout

    Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting - even for 1 day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reduce their cancer risk.

    Second Hand Smoke affects children's health!

    Second Hand Smoke (SHS) is the smoke that comes from burning tobacco and is then released into the environment. Young children are most affected by Second Hand Smoke and least able to avoid it. Most of their exposure to SHS comes from adults (parents or others) smoking at home. Studies show that children whose parents smoke:
    • Get sick more often
    • Have more lung infections (like bronchitis and pneumonia)
    • Are more likely to cough, wheeze, and have shortness of breath
    • Get more ear infections

    Second Hand Smoke can also trigger asthma attacks, make asthma symptoms worse, and even cause new cases of asthma in kids who didn't have symptoms previously.

    If you've thought about or tried to quit smoking, now is the time to get help!

    For more information and support on quitting smoking, go to: California Smokers' Helpline

    Click here for more information on the Great American Smoke Out: American Cancer Society

    Help Me Grow - Resource and Referral

    Help Me Grow Solano is a community-based resource and referral center that connects families, caregivers and educators to services related to health, development, behavior, and learning in children ages birth through five years, as well as a variety of other community services. Help Me Grow Specialists offer a non-judgmental and compassionate approach, listening, and finding services that are appropriate and available for the child(ren) and family, including follow-up to make sure the services were provided. Help Me Grow Specialists are accessible Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00 PM by calling the toll-free number (844) 501-KIDS (5437), through, or at Solano Family & Children's Services: (707) 864-4634.

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