Parent and Child Health

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Mental Health Among Youth is a Growing Public Health Concern 
CDC reported statistics among adolescents aged 12-17 years in 2018-2019 reporting on the past year:
  • 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 youthLearn 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. Teens get messages about drugs and alcohol from the news media and social media, as well as their peers, families, and extended social networks. 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.     

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now known as
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

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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
preventable diseases. 
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
          • Lead testing for all children between the ages of 1 and 2, and between 3 and 5 if not previously done.  More lead information can be found at Home Health Concerns. 
          •  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 and
CDC Vaccines & Immunizations
Immunization Action Coalition

                                             Well Badger resource center

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 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.

Emergency Contraception for Members of Wisconsin Medicaid Programs

Starting January 24, 2024, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) made a rule that allows Medicaid members to get emergency contraception without a prescription. If you have any questions about how to get emergency contraception, you can call any pharmacy  and talk to a pharmacist. 
Before this rule, Medicaid usually needed a prescription from a doctor for medicines, even those you can buy without a prescription. Now, Medicaid members in Wisconsin can get emergency contraception directly from a pharmacist without needing to see a doctor first. This new rule helps more people in Wisconsin get healthcare and supports a healthy community. 

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New Issue of All in for Kids Newsletter Available Online
The new issue of the All in For Kids: Birth to 3 Program newsletter is now available in English, Hmong, and Spanish. The newsletter provides important Birth to 3 Program information, including:
  • Planning for transitions
    • Life transitions
    • Transitioning out of the Birth to 3 Program
  • Birth to 3 Program assessments
    • What happens during an assessment
    • How parents and caregivers are involved in assessments
  • Meet Henry and learn how the Birth to 3 Program has helped his family
  • The Birth to 3 Program wants to feature your family stories and photos:
    • Information on how to send in your family’s stories and photos
  • Summer family fun ideas for babies and toddlers
  • Helpful resources for families
In addition to being available online, the newsletter will be mailed to families with an individualized family service plan (IFSP), and families who had a referral within the last three months.About the newsletterThe Wisconsin Department of Health Services is committed to keeping families informed about the Birth to 3 Program. Through the newsletter, families can learn more about the Birth to 3 Program, new topics and ideas, and other news.

Nueva edición del boletín informativo All in for Kids disponible en línea
La nueva edición del boletín informativo All in For Kids: Birth to 3 Program newsletter ya está disponible en inglés, hmong, y español. El boletín proporciona información importante sobre el Birth to 3 Program, que incluye:
  • Planificación para transiciones
    • Transiciones de vida
    • Transición para salir del programa Birth to 3 (Del nacimiento a los 3)
  • Evaluaciones del programa Birth to 3 (Del nacimiento a los 3)
    • ¿Qué ocurre durante una evaluación?
    • ¿Cómo participan los padres y los cuidadores en las evaluaciones?
  • Conozca a Henry y descubra cómo el programa Birth to 3 (Del nacimiento a los 3) ha ayudado a su familia
  • El Programa Birth to 3 (Del nacimiento a los 3) quiere las historias y fotos de su familia:
    • Información sobre cómo enviar las historias y las fotos de su familia
  • Diversión familiar de verano para bebés y niños pequeños
  • Recursos útiles para las familias
Además de estar disponible en línea, el boletín también se enviará por correo a las familias con un IFSP, así como a las familias que hayan sido remitidas al programa en los últimos tres meses.Sobre el boletínEl Department of Health Services de Wisconsin se compromete a mantener a las familias informadas sobre el Birth to 3 Program. A través del boletín, las familias pueden aprender más sobre el Birth to 3 Program, nuevos temas e ideas, y otras noticias.

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Muaj tsab tshiab ntawm tsab ntawv xov xwm All in for Kids (Tag Nrho Rau Me Nyuam): Txoj Kev Pab Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag Txog 3 Xyoos) nyob rau saum huab cua ua Lus Askiv, Lus Hmoob, thiab Lus Mev. Tsab ntawv xov xwm qhia cov ncauj lus tseem ceeb txog Txoj Kev Pab Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos), nrog rau:
  • Kev Tawm Phiaj Xwm Kev Hloov Pauv
    • Kev hloov pauv lub neej
    • Kev hloov pauv tawm ntawm Lub Khoos Kas Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos)
  • Cov Kev Ntsuas Lub Khoos Kas Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos)
    • Dab tsi tshwm sim thaum muaj txoj kev ntsuas
    • Cov niam txiv thiab cov neeg saib xyuas yuav koom nrog hauv qhov kev ntsuas li cas
  • Ntsib nrog Henry thiab Lub Khoos Kas Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos) tau pab lawv tsev neeg tau li cas
  • Lub Khoos Kas Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos) xav yees kawm txog koj tsev neeg zaj dab neeg thiab duab:
    • Ntaub ntawv hais txog txoj hauv kev xa koj tsev neeg zaj dab neeg thiab cov duab
  • Tsev neeg cov tswv yim lom zem rau cov me nyuam mos thiab me nyuam yaus
  • Cov kev pab muaj txiaj ntsig zoo rau cov tsev neeg
Ntxiv rau txoj kev muaj nyob rau saum huab cua, puav leej luam tawm thiab xa tsab ntawv xov xwm tau rau cov tsev neeg uas muaj lub tswv yim IFSP, nrog rau cov tsev neeg uas tau ntawv xa mus cuag kev pab hauv peb lub hlis dhau los.Hais txog tsab ntawv xov xwmWisconsin Department of Health Services (Tuam Tsev Tswj Xyuas Cov Kev Kho Kab Mob Kev Nkeeg) mob siab faj seeb qhia rau cov tsev neeg kom ras paub txog Txoj Kev Pab Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos). Nyob rau hauv tsab xov xwm, cov tsev neeg yuav kawm tau ntxiv txog Txoj Kev Pab Birth to 3 (Me Nyuam Yug Kiag txog 3 Xyoos), cov lus thiab tswv yim tshiab, thiab lwm cov xov xwm.

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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 -
What is the safest sleep solution for my baby with reflux? -

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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  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 (

Visit these links for additional Car Seat Tips and Information
Car Seats: Product Listing for 2022 -
Car Seats: Information for Families -
Child passenger safety links
Information for parents and caregivers about car and booster seats
Calendar of car seat check events in Wisconsin
Car seat installation sites in Wisconsin
Car seat technician tools and support

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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

Where can I get the ASQ-3
The Greendale Public 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 Public 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:
  1. Communication: Your child’s language skills, both what your child understands and what he or she can say.
  2. Gross Motor: How your child uses their arms and legs and other large muscles for sitting, crawling, walking, running, and other activities.
  3. Fine Motor: Your child’s hand and finger movement and coordination.
  4. Problem Solving: How your child plays with toys and solves problems.
  5. Personal-Social: Your child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.
The “Overall” section asks you open-ended questions about your child’s development and lets you weigh in with any concerns you may have.
  • Once complete give to your child’s healthcare provider, education professional, or the Greendale Public Health Department for review.
  • When the review is complete you will be given the information and can discuss the results and follow up steps. 

Greendale Public Health Department Offers Newborn Nursing Visits


Newborn baby instagram story - CopyNewborn 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 families.

Call the Greendale Public Health Department at 414-423-2110 for appointment.



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In January 2023, Star Legacy Foundation created the Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death.  This is a statewide program that provides a framework for early referral and intervention when a baby dies in Wisconsin.  Eligible families are those who live in Wisconsin and experience the death of a baby through stillbirth, neonatal death, SUID/SIDS, or any other infant death.  The Center is Wisconsin’s resource for information on strategies to reduce the risk for stillbirth and infant death.  We provide comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions, as well as grief resources, funeral assistance and support for bereaved families.
We are so very sorry for your loss.  Please know you are not alone, and we are here to support you through the difficult times ahead.  If you would like to speak to someone or be contacted by our team, please call 920-561-1600 OR 952-715-7731, Ext 726 or email    
You may also call our Grief Support Line at 952-715-7731, ext. 1. This is not a crisis line. Calls are answered 8-5 pm. Voicemails are returned within 4 hours between 8-5 pm.
For immediate assistance:
Suicide Prevention Hot Line: #988
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 833-852-6262

Additional Newborn and Parenting Resources       
Click on below links for more resources and information:
American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Safe Sleep Recommendations: Back is Best (
AAP Statement on Passage of the Safe Sleep for Babies Act
An age-by-age guide to reading to kids (
Birth Control Methods, Options & Types |
The Ultimate Car Seat Guide (
AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines 2022: What Parents Need to Know - Motherly
Immunizations and Greendale Health Department Immunization information
Parenting Information | CDC
Mental Health | Adolescent and School Health | CDC
Parenting Newsletters and other resources at UW Extension