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News Bulletin

October 2013 Pickus Infant/Toddler Center A program of One Hope United 1020 Glen Rock Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085 847.625.7915


Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum


Did you know? October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
SIDS: Back to Sleep Losing a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a tragedy that grieves parents, family members, friends, and others who care for the child. The good news is that all of those who provide care for an infant can help reduce the risk of SIDS. What is SIDS? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the cause given when an infant dies suddenly and no other cause can be found. SIDS is also known as crib death. Fortunately, SIDS is rare. In 2011, about one out of 2,300 infants born in the United States died of SIDS before their first birthdays. Approximately 20% of SIDS deaths occur in child care settings. What can we do to lower the risk? Obtain early, regular prenatal care. Good prenatal care reduces such risk factors as the baby being born early or having a low birth weight. Always put babies to sleep on their backs, not their stomachs. An exception should be made if a doctor recommends other positions because of a babys medical condition. Research shows that babies who sleep on their backs show a decrease in the risk of SIDS and a decrease in the number of fevers, stuffy noses, and ear infections. No increase in choking was found among babies who sleep on their backs. Avoid exposing a baby to smoke. Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke around a baby, even outside. Make the babys crib as safe as you can. Check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission before using an old crib. A baby should not share a bed with other children. The mattress should be firm, with no pillows, quilts, or soft toys. Keep blankets and other coverings away from the babys mouth and nose. A baby should be warm, but not overheated. Breastfeed as long as you can. Also consider offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime during the first year and consider using a fan in the babys room. Research indicates a possible link between both practices and a lower risk of SIDS. Keep all recommended well-child visits. Research indicates immunizations reduce the risk of SIDS. Do not depend on baby monitors to reduce SIDS unless advised by a doctor. Recent research found no evidence that home monitoring decreases the risk of SIDS. What about tummy time? Provide tummy time while the baby is awake and being observed. This can help motor development and help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of the babys head. A baby can usually roll over alone around 4-5 months. After that, you will not need to keep moving the baby onto his back. Sleeping on the back and supervised playing on the tummy are both good for infants. To learn more about SIDS, please visit Source:

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Physical Development
Angel is seven months old and is experiencing tummy time to help with his physical development. Tummy time is an important part of gross-motor development for infants. It allows infants to strengthen their neck muscles to prepare them for crawling. Tummy time also helps infants to get ready to push up, roll over and sit up. It is recommended that tummy time is given to your baby 30 minutes a day. Tummy time should always be closely supervised.

Curriculum Corner: Outdoor Play

On a warm, sunny day we took paint brushes and water outside during our outdoor time. Each child was given a paint brush which they dipped in water so they could paint on the sidewalk. This activity allowed the children to increase their fine-motorskills by holding the paint brush while making small brush strokes. The children enhanced their budding friendships through working alongside one another and sharing the utensils and sidewalk space. There are many inexpen sive and entertaining activities to do with your child outdoors. This month, enjoy the fall weather by taking a nature walk, visiting a pumpkin farm or having a picnic lunch in the park.

A special thanks to our nurse, Lanore Podolske, who facilitated a discussion on healthy meals and snack patterns for children. Thank you for all the parents who participated in this informative workshop.

There will be developmental screenings for children birth to three years old at the Pickus Infant/ Toddler Center. Developmental screenings focus on the childs abilities in the following areas: social, language, motor and cognitive skills. Please see Ms. Pam or Ms. Lise to schedule an appointment for your child. Remember early detection is very important. Our nurse, Lanore Podolske, will be here at Pickus on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10:15 a.m. She will speak on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Please come prepared with any questions you may have for Ms. Lanore. Light refreshments will be served. The Family Fall Harvest Celebration will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31. We will have a pajama party, so please dress your child in their pajamas. If you would like to participate, feel free to sign up to bring a healthy treat for the children to share. A healthy lunch will be served. Our special guest will be Mr. Dana McCarthy. He will sing original songs written specifically for young children.

Parent Referral Incentive

Pickus Infant/Toddler Center would like to reward you for referring new children and families to us. Heres how it works: 1. You tell a friend about Pickus Infant/Toddler Center. 2. Your friend calls us and provides your name as the referral source. 3. Your friend enrolls his or her child(ren) in our center. 4. Pickus pays you $25 after the child is enrolled for three months. (One incentive per each family referred.)

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Healthy Snack
Yogurt Cereal Bars 2 cups corn flakes or cheerios 3/4 cup flour 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 1 cup yogurt, flavored (banana/strawberry etc.) 1 egg, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons flour 1. Preheat oven to 350F 2. Combine cereal, cup flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. 3. Cut in butter or margarine until coarse crumbs form. 4. Press half of the mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased 8inch square pan. 5. Mix yogurt, egg and 2 tablespoons flour in another small bowl. 6. Spread over cereal mixture in pan and then sprinkle the remaining cereal mixture on top. 7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown; cut into bars when cooled.

Please remember tuition is due the first Monday of the month. If you are unable to pay tuition on the assigned due date, please speak with Ms. Pam and discuss a payment plan. Please make sure you are meeting the attendance requirement for childcare. It is important that you bring your child to the Center every day. Please remember to call the Center at 847.625.7915 when your child will be absent. Please update your childs file with a physical and shot record each time your child receives immunizations. This is a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requirement.

November 2013


Inspiration Corner
You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
~ David Viscott

6 Parent Teacher Conferences

7 Parent Teacher Conferences

8 Center Closed!


11 Veterans Day-Center Closed!










21 Fall Food Tasting






27 Alternative HolidayCenter Closed!

28 Center closed Thanksgiving break

29 30 Center closed Thanksgiving break