There are about 2,5000 babies
that are born yearly with neural tube defects. The March of Dimes is
reporting that if women consumed 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, before
conception and through the first month of pregnancy, up to 70 percent of all
neural tube defects could be prevented.
Studies suggest that folic
acid may help prevent other birth defects including cleft lip and palate.
Because about half of
pregnancies are unplanned it is important to encourage all women of childbearing
age to make sure they routinely include 400 micrograms of folic acid in their
Folic acid's absorption rate
is 50% from food, 85 % from fortified foods and 100% absorption from a folic
New Maternal and Child Oral
The Oral Health Resource Bulletin
(Formerly the MCH Program Interchange-Focus on Oral Health): A
periodic publication aimed at stimulating creative thinking
within the maternal and child health community.
Head Start: An Opportunity to
Improve the Oral Health of Children and Families: A fact sheet
providing information about children's access to services, their
oral health status and new strategies for providing care for
children enrolled in Head Start.
And two tips sheets: Working with
Health Professionals to Improve Access to Oral Health Care and
Working with Parents to Improve Access to Oral Health Care:
These tips sheets offer strategies for Head Start staff to
comply with the Program Performance Standards on the recommended
schedule of preventive and primary care visits, as well as with
education, and family and community partnerships.
Seven Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
You can receive copies of these
publications at no charge from the Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) Information Center at 2070 Chain Bridge
Rd., Suite 450, Vienna, VA 22182-2536, or by calling (888) ASK-HRSA
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publications are also available on OHRC's Web site at
For more on Folic Acid: www.modimes.org
Antibiotics use and breastfeeding
Antibiotics and Breastfeeding Safety
Resource: Lesley Hammerschmidt, Nebraska Dietitians
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