Parent and Child Health
- Protecting Youth Mental Health
- Childhood Immunizations & Wellness Visits
- Wisconsin Badger Maternal Child Health Program
- Safe Sleep
- Car Seat Safety
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire
- 15.1% had a major depressive episode
- 36.7% had persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- 4.1% had a substance use disorder
- 1.6% had an alcohol use disorder
- 3.2% had an illicit drug use disorder
- 18.8% seriously considered attempting suicide
- 15.7% made a suicide plan
- 8.9% attempted suicide
- 2.5% made a suicide attempt requiring medical treatment
Learn more about high-risk substance use among youth. Learn more about suicide
Resources and Tools for Parents & Youth to Promote Emotional Well-Being
The National Academies Press | Tools for Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Youth
Protecting Youth Mental Health- U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory
Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Information - Applying skills in analyzing, evaluating, and comparing different sources of health information empowers teens to reject misinformation and make choices to access content that is evidence-based and supports their overall health and wellbeing.3 Teens get messages about drugs and alcohol from the news media and social media, as well as their peers, families, and extended social networks.4,5 Health literacy can play a role in how teens interpret messages about alcohol and other substances, and can shape their expectations about what may happen if they consume drugs and alcohol.6
As of July 16, 2022 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will now be known as the
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
This helpful new tool will be for anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health, and/or substance use crisis. People can also contact 988 if they are concerned about a loved one in crisis.
Anyone in the United States can call or text 988 or use an online chat tool to access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Are you or your child in a crisis? Text HOME to 741741 , call or text 988, or call 1-800-273-8255
For emergencies, call 911
Immunizations Keep Children Healthy
Vaccines are safe, effective, and they save lives.
Following the most up to date Immunization schedule is the
best way to keep your child protected from
The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed
a user friendly schedule that is split into two age groups
Birth - 6 Years
7 - 18 Years
It Is Okay to Still have Questions about Vaccines!
For questions about vaccine safety, why vaccines are still needed, and the best schedule for your child it is important to turn to a reliable and trusted source such as your child's doctor for more information.
In addition to getting caught-up on routine immunizations, here are some other reasons to visit your pediatrician:
- Newborn visits
- Hearing and vision screenings
- To check on developmental milestones
- To check blood pressure and other vital signs
- To treat infections or injuries
- Adolescent health concerns, such as menstrual care and depression screening
- Routine lab tests
- For preparticipation physical examinations before returning to sports or other activities.
Resources and Tools for Childhood Immunizations & Wellness Checks
American Academy of Pediatrics
www.aap.org and www.HealthyChildren.org
CDC Vaccines & Immunizations
Immunization Action Coalition
Wisconsin Well Badger is the central directory for all information and referral
to services for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program, Children and Youth
with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program, Women, Infant and Children
supplemental nutrition program (WIC), Health Check/Healthy Start and Medicaid
Pregnancy Outreach program, and the Wisconsin Well Women Program
(WWWP). The Well Badger Resource Center is staffed to provide information
and referrals with a deliberate focus to engage high-risk populations and for
those with special needs. Call the toll free number at 1-800-642-7837 OR
visit https://wellbadger.org/ to access these resources.
The Well Badger Resource Center is managed by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Each year, about 3,400 infants in the United States die unexpectedly during sleep. This can happen from accidental suffocation, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or unknown causes.
A safe sleep environment is so important that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a federal safety standard for infant sleep products in June 2021. Starting in mid-2022, this standard will help get rid of potentially dangerous baby sleep products such as inclined sleepers, in-bed sleepers, loungers, and travel/compact sleepers. These products will have to meet the same CPSC standards that are already in place for cribs, bassinets, play yards, and bedside sleepers.
The two most common types of sleep positioners feature raised supports or pillows (called “bolsters”) that are attached to each side of a mat, or a wedge to raise a baby’s head.
The positioners are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping and are intended for infants under 6 months old.
To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their backs, positioned on a firm, empty surface.
This surface should not contain soft objects, toys, pillows, or loose bedding.
Visit these links to the most up to date Sleep Safety Information
Inclined Sleepers, Crib Bumpers & Other Baby Registry Items to Avoid - HealthyChildren.org
What is the safest sleep solution for my baby with reflux? - HealthyChildren.org
Car seats are the product of careful engineering and research.
We understand that knowing all the ins and outs of cars seats can be difficult.
That’s why Safe Kids created the Ultimate Car Seat Guide
https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/ to provide expert guidance to parents on the important decisions they face when choosing and using a car seat, including when to move from one seat to the next or when the seat belt fits.
The guide is available in both English and Spanish. Please check it out and share it with friends and family.
The Wisconsin Car Seat Program is led by Children’s Wisconsin and Safe Kids Wisconsin through a contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Check out the link to find locations and available appointments for
car seat checks and installation sites throughout Wisconsin.
Car Seat by Appointment (safekidswi.org)
Visit these links for additional Car Seat Tips and Information
Car Seats: Product Listing for 2022 - HealthyChildren.org
Car Seats: Information for Families - HealthyChildren.org
Why are Early & Regular Screenings Important?
- Improves Understanding of your Child’s Development
- Gives Insight of the Next Developmental Milestones to Watch for
- Identifies your Child’s Strengths
- Uncovers New Milestones to Celebrate
- Reveals' any Areas where your Child may Need Support During the Critical Early Years of Development
- Gives Parents the Tools & Information to Work with Doctors and Educators to Plan Next Steps
The Greendale Health Department can provide you with a questionnaire and instructions to complete an ASQ3 at home. You can then return it to the nurses for review and discussion about the results.
You can also complete the ASQ3 at the Greendale Health Department with a nurse.
Either method of service is free of charge.
Please call 414-423-2110 for an appointment.
What to Expect
- ASQ-3 is an easy 10-15 minute age appropriate questionnaire for children 1 month to 6 years old focusing on five important areas of development based on the Childs current skill level:
- Communication: Your child’s language skills, both what your child understands and what he or she can say.
- Gross Motor: How your child uses their arms and legs and other large muscles for sitting, crawling, walking, running, and other activities.
- Fine Motor: Your child’s hand and finger movement and coordination.
- Problem Solving: How your child plays with toys and solves problems.
- Personal-Social: Your child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.
- Once complete give to your child’s healthcare provider, education professional, or the Greendale Health Department for review.
- When the review is complete you will be given the information and can discuss the results and follow up steps.
For Parents - Ages and Stages
Ages & Stages Messaging Program - HealthyChildren.org
Newborn and Parenting Resources
Click on hyperlink for more information
ABC's of Safe Sleeping
Age-by-Age Guide to Reading to Your Baby
Birth Control Guide
Car Seat Guide
Helping Baby Back to Sleep
Immunizations and Greendale Health Department Immunization information
Parent Information from the CDC
Parenting Newsletters and other resources at UW Extension
Newborn Visits Nursing visits are offered to all families of newborn babies. We offer brochures and pamphlets on various aspects of newborn and post-partum care, discuss recommended immunizations and offer information on baby care, child safety, community services, growth and development, and provide support for new mothers. Call the Health Department at 414-423-2110 for an appointment.