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North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/9/2018

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October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation. In 2016, there were 3,600 sudden infant deaths in the United States. There are ways to help reduce the risk of SIDS. Follow these tips: 

1. Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—for naps and at night.  Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of SIDS than babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs.

2. Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib or bassinet, covered only by a fitted sheet.  Soft surfaces can increase the risk of sleep-related death. A firm sleep surface helps reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.

3. No bed sharing! Accidental suffocation, strangulation, and wedging (for example, being stuck between two objects such as a mattress and a wall) can happen when a baby is sleeping in an adult bed or other unsafe sleep surfaces. Room sharing is much safer than bed sharing and may decrease the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.

4. Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Soft objects and loose bedding, like stuffed toys, sheets, comforters, and blankets, can increase the risk of suffocation and other sleep-related deaths. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold while sleeping, you can dress her or him in sleep clothing (like a wearable blanket) to keep warm.

5. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Smoke in the baby’s surroundings is a major risk factor for SIDS. Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways parents and caregivers can protect their health and their baby’s health.

6. Alcohol and drug use is a risk factor for SIDS. Alcohol and drug use alters the way someone thinks and decreases parent’s arousal. This can cause parents to make decision about the babies sleeping position that are not safe.




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North Shore Health News

Ground Beef Recall

6,500,966 pounds of raw beef products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800)-727-2333.


10:30 am
October 2, 2018

NOTICE:
We have received multiple phone calls from people who received a call from our office number (414-371-2980). 
The caller requests to speak with a resident, but when questioned, they hang up.
We are currently investigating this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.

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K2 and Spice Still Causing Hospitalizations in Wisconsin 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice” as people continue to be hospitalized with severe bleeding after using these products which have contained rat poison


Bike Helmets Available for $10!

The North Shore Health Department and
SafeKids Southeast Wisconsin have partnered
to help all bicyclists ride safer!
Come to either of our Health Department offices
to be fitted and receive a new bicycle helmet for
just $10.00! Adult and children’s sizes
available.


State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee

The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.

The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:

7171 N Teutonia Ave.
370 E Capitol Dr.
2826 N MLK Dr.
3522 W Wisconsin Ave.
2625 W National Ave.
Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.


Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is Now Open 

The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. Just like previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 


Kiddie Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a


Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

Check out the Lead Poisoning Prevention toolkit that the health department created at Protecting Our Kids From Lead.


Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin

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In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours or e-mail us at nshd@browndeerwi.org 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.