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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Diet

  • WIC is a valuable resource if eligible.

  • Breastfeeding is recommended at a minimum for the first six months.

Exercise/Physical Activity

  • Vary the infant’s position and provide safe opportunities for exploration.

Smoking/Chemical Dependency

  • Drug/alcohol/tobacco exposure in utero can affect infant.

  • Second hand smoke exposure can affect infant.

Safer Sex Practices/Education

  • Use of contraceptives postpartum can delay subsequent pregnancies.

Environmental Health

  • Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the top sources of lead poisoning

  • Take-home exposure from family members working in lead-related industries (recycling or

manufacturing of automobile batteries) are common sources of lead poisoning. Growth and Development

  • Discuss with the caregiver whether the child’s growth and development are appropriate for

age. Cultural Practices

  • Discourage use of home remedies such as Greta, Pay-loo-ah and Azarcon because of possible exposure to lead.

  • Discourage use of imported ceramic ware for cooking and storing food because of possible exposure to lead.

  • Discourage use of spices and seasonings imported from other countries because of possible exposure to lead.

© 2007 LAC DPH - Public Health Nursing

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