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It is not unusual for an early care and education professional to have at least one child who has some type of allergy. This info module highlights some of the most common allergies and their symptoms in young children. Information is also included on how to be proactive in supporting children with allergies.
There has been an increase in obesity in children across all age, ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic groups. This info module will discuss the factors that contribute to childhood overweight and obesity. It will also discuss the impact of obesity on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development, as well as highlight some prevention and intervention strategies.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be life threatening. This info module provides an overview of the signs and symptoms of asthma and tips for safely including children with asthma in child care settings.
This guide contains best practices for general care of a child with
diabetes in child care.
Signs and symptoms of allergies can vary immensely because they depend on the type of allergy, the level of exposure, and the individual’s reaction. This info module provides important information about myths and facts associated with food allergies as well as signs, symptoms, and prevention practices for children with severe food allergies.
This info module outlines guidelines, standards, and regulations for quality health and safety practices in early care environments. It also offers a brief history of health and safety standards in child care settings.
This info module will describe general fire safety information for early childhood programs including young children’s early fascination with fire. The info module will look at tips to avoid fires and fire evacuation plans. Strategies will be discussed for fire safety and evacuation for children with specific disabilities.
The goal of immunizations is to prevent dangerous and life-threatening diseases by strengthening the body's own natural defenses to fight off germs that cause infection. In fact, immunizations have reduced the number of infections from immunization-preventable diseases by more than 90%.
This info module explores the importance of the inclusion of children with special health care needs in early care and education programs. Children with special health care needs spend the majority of their time doing the same things their peers are doing. They are curious, desire to play and need that sense of belonging that is cultivated when they are in an environment in which they are able to build relationships with their peers and adults. Early care and education professionals who are providing developmentally, individually and culturally appropriate services already have many of the skills needed to serve children with special health care needs.
A neurotoxin is a poisonous agent or substance that inhibits, damages, or destroys the tissues of the nervous system. This info module will explain the common neurotoxins that affect a child’s development.