• Summer Safety Tips

    Summer is here— a time when the sun is shining, grass is growing and kids are out of school! With the fun season ahead, I thought I’d share a few, simple summer safety tips to implement in your life over the next few months.

    Water SafetyAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

    -Always keep a close eye on your kids when they are in or around water. Never let your children swim unsupervised by a responsible adult.

    -Teach your kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect children from drowning. For swimming lesson information, check out here: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Swimming-Lessons-in-OKC/.

    -Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). To get certified, check out here: http://rdcrss.org/1XXvreC.

    -If your home has a pool, install a four-sided fence around it so children can’t get in or fall in when alone.

    -When around big bodies of water such as a pond, lake or ocean, make sure to properly fit your kids into a life jacket every time.

    Sun and Heat SafetyThe CDC says that infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk for heat-related illness, and even just a few serious sunburns can increase you and your children’s risk of skin cancer later in life.

    -Cover your children in clothes that protect their skin against UV rays. Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

    -Always use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your kids go outside.

    -Never leave your children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open.

    -Plan your outdoor activities for the morning and evening hours.

    -Take cool showers and baths.

    -Always seek medical care immediately if your children have any symptoms of heat-related illness.

    Bug SafetyWith all of the diseases out there such as Zika, West Nile and Lyme disease, make sure to protect you and your children with the proper preventative tips.

    -Always use a safe and effective insect repellent when outside.

    -Have your yard sprayed for fleas and ticks.

    -Anytime you come inside after being outside, make sure to check you and your children for ticks. For an easy tick removal guide, check out here: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html.

    Play Safety: In the United States each year, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (cdc.gov). Usually falls at home and on the playground are the most common cause.

    -Always supervise you kids when they are on playground equipment and stairs.

    -Make sure surfaces underneath playground equipment are well-maintained and safe.

    -Always make sure your children wear a helmet when they are riding their bike or scooter, roller blading or doing any other recreational activity that requires protective equipment.

    It’s fun being a kid (or even an adult!) in the summer with all of the great activities to do. Keep these easy tips in mind and make sure to share them with your friends and family as well. I hope you have the best and safest summer yet!

    For the babies,


  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is a month that makes a lot of us feel excited for spring and summer! The temperature gets warmer, the sun shines brighter and the flowers are blooming all over the place. But did you know that April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month? According to childrensdefense.org, 1,825 children in the United States were confirmed to be abused or neglected each day in 2014.

    In Oklahoma, we are all mandated reporters— which means, if you see something that you think might be child abuse or neglect, according to the law, you must report it or else you could face a misdemeanor offense. A person who reports suspected abuse in “good faith” is immune from criminal or civil liability.

    So what exactly is child abuse or neglect? How do you know if what you see is truly abuse or a style of parenting? Here are some definitions by childwelfare.gov on what exactly abuse and neglect are.

    Physical abuse: Non-accidental physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, or otherwise harming a child, that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child. Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child.

    Neglect: The failure of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver to provide for a child’s basic needs. Neglect can be:
    -Physical (example: failure to provide necessary food of shelter, or lack of appropriate supervision)
    -Medical (example: failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment)
    -Emotional (example: inattention to a child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs)

    Sexual abuse: Includes activities by a parent or caregiver such as fondling a child’s genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.

    Emotional abuse: A pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance.

    *Other forms of abuse may include abandonment or substance abuse.

    For a full list on how to identify if a child is potentially being abused or neglected, check out https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubpdfs/whatiscan.pdf.

    So with all of that being said, there are some ways you and your family can get involved in helping bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

    -Spread the word through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). And don’t forget to use the hashtag #PreventionMonth!

    -Share Oklahoma’s Child Abuse Prevention video with your family, friends and coworkers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujZZOmZfPlU

    -Put up a blue ribbon on your tree, door, or anywhere else you can think of! The blue ribbon is the symbol for child abuse prevention to represent the blue color of a child’s bruise.

    -Encourage your child to color a picture of “My Happiest Day” and post it on social media. To print the Oklahoma’s coloring page, find it here: https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Coloring%20Template.pdf.

    -Encourage your child to color a pinwheel in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month found here: https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/PW1.pdf.

    Get involved and spread the word this month on preventing child abuse and neglect!

    If you suspect something, report it. Oklahoma’s Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day—call 1-800-522-3511. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 or local law enforcement.

    For the babies,

  • It's National Nutrition Month!

    We all have heard how important good nutrition is during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and for your baby. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, I wanted to share with you all some healthy tips for you and your baby!

    While you’re pregnant:

    I know you might feel nauseous for one moment and craving something the next, but eating healthy is so important for you and your baby while you’re pregnant. It is especially important for moms-to-be to get enough folic acid and calcium while pregnant. So taking your prenatal vitamins and talking to your doctor about how to get enough calcium in your diet is often recommended. According to choosemyplate.gov, here is what the United States Department of Agriculture recommends for pregnant or breastfeeding women:

    Vegetables: Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, cooked greens (kale, collards, turnip greens, and beet greens), winter squash, tomatoes and tomato sauces, and red sweet peppers. *When choosing canned vegetables, look for “low-sodium” or “no-salt-added” on the label.

    Fruits: Cantaloupe, honeydew melon, mangoes, prunes, bananas, apricots, oranges, red or pink grapefruit, and 100% prune juice or orange juice. *When choosing canned fruit, look for those canned in 100% fruit juice or water instead of syrup.

    Dairy: Fat-free or low-fat yogurt, fat-free milk (skim milk), low-fat milk (1% milk), and calcium-fortified soy milk (soy beverage).

    Grains: Fortified ready-to-eat cereals and fortified cooked cereals. *When buying ready-to-eat and cooked cereals, choose those made from whole grains most often. Look for cereals that are fortified with iron and folic acid.

    Protein: Beans and peas (pinto beans, soybeans, white beans, lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas), nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter), lean beef, lamb, and pork, oysters, mussels, and crab, and salmon, trout, herring, sardines, and pollock.

    For your baby:
    You have most likely heard that breastfeeding is the most nutritious form of milk for your baby. But for some women, it’s not possible to breastfeed. In that case, formula is the way to go. For more specific questions on what formula to feed your baby, it is always recommended to talk to your baby’s doctor. According to eatright.org, here are some tips that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend.

    -Count the number of wet diapers to make sure your breast- or formula-fed baby is eating enough. (They recommend six or more every 24 hours. But if you’re unsure if your baby is getting enough to eat, make sure to ask your baby’s doctor.)

    -Offer breast milk or formula, not cow milk, to your baby up to 12 months of age.

    -Clean all baby-feeding equipment with hot, soapy water, and make sure to rinse well.

    -Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.

    -Discard unused food after feeding.

    -Start with single foods (one new food at a time).

    -Always stay with your baby while he or she is eating.

    -According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it’s recommended to wait until at least 6 months to start feeding your baby solid foods such as baby cereal or baby food.

    -The AAP also recommends that you do not give honey to a baby younger than 12 months.

    Nutrition information is often overwhelming! Don’t let it scare you. Remember these helpful, reliable websites for nutrition tips: healthychildren.org, choosemyplate.gov, and eatright.org. And as always, when you have a question about your baby’s health or nutrition, your doctor is the perfect person to talk to!

    What are some tips you have for moms-to-be or new moms concerning health and nutrition?

    For the babies,

  • Parenting Classes are coming to Infant Crisis Services

    Beginning in mid-August, we are offering two parenting classes: Nurturing Parenting and Circle of Parents

    We are proud to partner with the Community Learning Council, Quest Mental Health, and OU Health and Science Center Child Guidance Services.

    Why: This is a great opportunity for families to share caregiving ideas, discover new ways to deal with the challenges that come with parenting and participate in a support group.  We will also be providing free baby items each class, like diapers, toys, books, etc.

    When: Nurturing Parenting will be held on Mondays at 5pm and Circle of Parents will be on Thursdays at 1:30pm.

    Who: You! 

    Where: Infant Crisis Services (4224 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105)

    For more information or to register for classes, please call Family Services Coordinator Meg Standefer at 405-778-7606 or email at megstandefer@infantcrisis.org.

  • Kindred: Transforming we to they

    We are all a little more alike than we probably realize. Each day this month we will share stories to highlight our kindred spirits. You'll witness happiness at its truest, struggle at its most genuine and humanity in its purest form.

    Hopefully, you will shift they to we, and together we'll build a more empathetic, understanding community.

    Follow us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter to see the stories for yourself.

  • Wanted: Soft Fabric for Community Quilters

    There is nothing sweeter than seeing a baby in a handmade quilt. The baby’s eyes light up when they see all the colors and patterns. The added warmth and comfort of the new hand-made quilt seems to be uplifting to both the baby and the parent. For many years, the ladies at Oklahoma Quiltworks have lovingly created the most beautiful quilts for the babies and toddlers at Infant Crisis Services. The time, talent and dedication put into these quilts is nothing short of amazing.


    The Oklahoma Quiltworks is a group of seven extraordinary talented ladies, who volunteer to make quilts. Together, they have hand-stitched thousands of quilts for Infant Crisis Services. Each quilt is stitched with love and prayers for the baby or toddler who receives it. Our friends at the Oklahoma Quiltworks craft from donations of fabric and batting. Currently, our friends are struggling to get quality baby print fabric. If you or someone you know would like to donate soft fabric with baby or toddler patterns, please bring it to Infant Crisis Services.  We will happily deliver it to Oklahoma Quiltworks and their wonderful volunteers who will use it to create a special one-of-a-kind blanket for a baby or toddler in need.

    Click here to find out where you can drop off donations. 

    Beth Lykins

    Director of Volunteer Programs

    Infant Crisis Services, Inc.

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