Formula Shortage Information
As the formula shortage continues, we wanted to provide some helpful information for our families.
- Do not dilute your infant formula. This means do not add extra water or use partial scoops of powder.
- Do not use homemade infant formula.
Diluting your formula not only provides inadequate calories for your infant, but the increased water can lead to brain swelling, seizures, and death. You should always mix your baby's formula according to the manufacturers directions. It may be helpful to mix a days worth at a time so you can fill bottles with the amount that your infant eats and avoid wasting precious ounces since formula is made in 2 ounce increments.
We recommend shopping before you run out. Here are several resources to help you:
If you cannot find your name brand formula, many stores have generic versions that are safe to use. The following is a link may be helpful when comparing formulas:
What if you can't find any?
If you can't find formula, we have limited samples in our offices. These samples generally are smaller than store purchased versions.
Allergy and Asthma Resources
- Food Allergy Website Handout
- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
- Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
- Kids with Food Allergies
- Tips for avoiding your food allergen
- Tips for early peanut introduction
BMI/Healthy Lifestyle Resources
- What is a BMI report?
- Healthy Plate Model
- Portion and Portion Control
- Exercise & Screen Time
- What is a Fasting Lipid Panel?
- Complications/Risks of Childhood Obesity
Car Safety Information
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD REAR FACING UNTIL AT LEAST (MINIMUM) OF 2 YEARS OLD OR LONGER BASED ON THE LIMITS OF YOUR CAR SEAT!!
Missouri law requires ALL drivers and passengers to wear seat belts.
While safety belts offer excellent protection for adults, they are not designed to keep children safe in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Missouri law states:
- Children should stay in a rear-facing child safety car seat they are 1 year old and 22 lbs, it is highly recommended to stay rear-facing for as long as possible based on the height/weight limits of their convertible car seat to help decrease the risk of head and neck injuries.
- Once your baby outgrows their rear-facing only car seat, a convertible or 3-in-1 car seat is needed.
- A child less than 4 years old or weighing under 40 lbs. must be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for the child.
- A child 4 through 7 years old, who also weighs at least 40 lbs. must be in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat until they are at least 80 lbs or 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Children 8 years old and older or at least 80 lbs, or more than 4 feet 9 inches, may ride fastened in a seatbelt.
- Children under 13 years of age are safest in the back seat.
Click on this link to learn more about Car Seat Safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Click here to learn more about tips to help prevent child deaths in hot cars.
Child Safety Resources:
- Childproofing your Home Charlie's House
- Poison Control Hotline 1.800.222.1222
- CPR Training:
Helpful Community Resources:
- Developmental Support Programs Missouri First Steps
- Developmental Support Programs Parents as Teachers
Iron Supplement Helpful Links
- Iron Supplement Source *not available in stores or pharmacy **Pay attention to the drug name and concentration as there are several offered on this site
- Explanation of Ferritin’s Role in Sleep
Back is always Best!
Click the following links to learn more about safe sleeping practices for your baby:
How much sleep does my child need?
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups. The results are published in Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation . The National Sleep Foundation convened experts from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as pediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynecology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines. The panel revised the recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups. A summary of the new recommendations includes:
- Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
- School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
Speech and Language
- 6 month old speech and language skills
- 1 year old speech and language skills
- 2 year old speech and language skills
- 3 year old speech and language skills
- 4 year old speech and language skills
- 5 year old speech and language skills
- 6 year old speech and language skills
- 7 year old speech and language skills
- 8 year old speech and language skills
Sports/Camp/Daycare Physical Forms
- MSHSAA Sports Physical Form
- Child Medical Examination Report (Infant/Toddler/Preschool Form)
- Boy Scout Camp Physical Form