Safe sleep for newborns
AdventHealth Tampa has seen an increase in infant injuries in the emergency department due to unsafe sleep practices, including five co-sleeping deaths in fall 2022, according to a news release.
This has prompted AdventHealth Tampa to launch a new initiative aimed at fostering safe sleep habits for newborns.
The new program official began July 25 and its goal is to reduce preventable sleep-related incidents among infants and promoting the best health outcomes for newborns across Tampa Bay.
Parents will receive one-on-one consultations and education, along with specially designed glow-in-the-dark bracelets, to serve as a constant reminder of the ABCs of safe sleep during the challenges of nighttime parenting, the release said.
The bracelets will play a key role in reinforcing safe sleep practices: When the parent finds themselves tired and weary in the middle of the night while doing diaper changes or feedings, the reminder on their wrist will guide them to make the right choices for their infant’s safety.
These are the ABCs of safe sleep, the release said:
- Alone: Place babies to sleep alone in their crib or bassinet without any soft bedding, toys or other objects that may pose a suffocation risk.
- Back: Always put babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Crib: Provide babies with a safe sleep space in a firm crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards.
Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy
Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s offices will feature Pasco Fire Rescue’s annual Boot Drive during the month of August, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Donations can be made at any of the five tax collector locations in Pasco County.
To learn more about Pasco Fire Rescue charities, call Lisa Brekke at 813-244-8619.
For information about the promotional and charitable giving programs at the tax collector’s office, call Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector, at 727-847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com.
New pediatric clinic
Tampa Family Health Centers (TFHC) recently opened its 18th location, Children’s Medical Dental (CMD), at 19203 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. The facility caters specifically to the youngest patients, offering both medical and dental services. CMD aims to provide a patient-centered holistic approach to pediatric care with general medical services and dental care focusing on the importance of oral health from an early age.
The facility will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, visit TampaFamilyHC.com and click on “Locations,” or call 813-726-0360.
BEE award recipients
HCA Florida Trinity Hospital recently recognized eight of its PCTs with a BEE Award, which celebrates and honors the exceptional skills and compassion given by the PCTs and nurse externs. BEE stands for Being Exceptional Everyday.
These caregivers and recipients of the award helped to create a supportive environment for healing by assisting patients with basic needs and collaborating with other caregivers to help ensure optimal outcomes:
- Edwin Alfaro, PCT, 4 East
- Rocky Alfaro, PCT, 4 East
- Joanne Calvillo, PCT, 5 East
- Gregory Cutrone, PCT, 4 East
- Amneris Perez Figueroa, PCT, 5 East
- Allie Jackson, PCT, 5 West
- Brittany Nolan, 5 West
- Taylor Pugh, PCT, 4 East
Benefits of breastfeeding
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel is highlighting the health benefits of breastfeeding and raising awareness about important resources available to mothers in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which is celebrated every August.
Breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits for both babies and mothers, said Cindy Goad, lactation consultant for the Baby Place at the hospital, in a news release.
Goad says there are five key benefits of breastfeeding:
- Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies.
- Breast milk shares antibodies from the mother with her baby.
- Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases.
- Breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
- Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
In addition, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has announced its Baby-Friendly designation. This recognition is bestowed upon health care facilities that provide optimal care and support for breastfeeding mothers and their infants, ensuring that mothers receive the information, confidence and skills necessary to successfully begin and continue breastfeeding.