October 2011

Vol. 1, Edition 9

Treating Kids' Colds


Consoling MomSure, you've heard that over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications are inappropriate for infants and preschoolers, but you haven't yet figured out how you'll provide relief when your daughter comes down with the sniffles. Since this is the season for scratchy throats and runny noses, read on to learn about your best options:


Liquids. It's important for kids to stay well hydrated to fight off the common cold; slurping down ample fluids will ease congestion. Warm and cool liquids both work. (Think chicken soup, apple juice or water.) Skip caffeinated beverages, which may cause dehydration. 

Saline nasal spray.Spraying non-medicated, non-irritating salt water into the nostrils can help combat stuffiness and congestion. It's safe for kids of all ages, even infants.

Honey.Adding a squirt of the sweet stuff to a warm beverage can help soothe a tiny sore throat. But never give honey to babies under a year old; it can cause botulism in infants.

Humidifiers. Spending time in a dry environment can lead to nasal congestion or make a sore throat feel worse. Add some moisture to the air in your home with a portable humidifier. Just follow the unit's cleaning instructions to prevent mold growth.


Do you typically rely on vitamin C, echinacea or zinc supplements when cold symptoms strike? Studies about their effectiveness have been inconclusive, so don't bother giving them to your kids.


Although children over age 4 can be given OTC cold medications, it's still important to be extra vigilant. Never give children adult-strength drugs, and don't give them two drugs containing the same ingredient. For example, a cough suppressant and a decongestant may both contain a pain reliever like acetaminophen, resulting in a double dosage of that medication, which may cause liver problems.

Neonatal Unit Reaches Milestone

CLABSI celebration

On September 11, 2011, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital celebrated 500 days without any Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI). "These infections are a recognized source of excess morbidity, mortality, costs and length of stay," says Dr. Josefina Go, Medical Director of the NICU. "We are so proud of our staff, and this achievement that has had such a positive influence on the hundreds of babies we care for every year," says Dr. Go.


According to Donna Gollihugh, RN, Director for Labor and Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, "We have achieved successful reduction in CLABSI rates by improving our processes which results in high quality care for all of our babies."


The Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care also recognized the NICU for their efforts in this area during a state wide meeting in May.


To date, the NICU is at 522 days free of infection. 

Monster Mash...Boo-ling Bash


Halloween is less than a month away, but there is a great way to have a frightfully good time while raising funds for those with special needs. Strikes 2011Strikes for Tikes is a fun, family-friendly event designed to benefit the Therapy & Learning Center. You don't have to be a regular bowler to participate. You just need a heart for helping people of all abilities.

This year's event, presented by BancorpSouth, promises to be a scream as we get into the spooky spirit of Halloween with Strikes for Tikes ... Monster Mash Boo-ling Bash. The event will be held Saturday, October 29 from Noon-4 the Bowling and Skating Family Fun Center in Jackson.


So grab your ghouls and goblins and join us for a frighteningly fun time!


For more information or to register your team, visit or call 731-984-2144. 

In This Issue
Treating Kids' Colds
Neonatal Unit Milestone
A Frightenly Fun Boo-ling Event
Running for Riders
Booster Seats Save Lives

Running for Riders  


Grab your running shoes and join us Saturday, October 15 for Racing So They Can Ride. The event is a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to benefit the hippotherapy program provided by the Therapy & Learning Center.


Registration begins at 7 a.m.and races begins at 8 a.m. at Gander Mountain in Jackson.


For more information, click here.


Racing To Ride
October 15


Girls Weekend Getaway
October 21-23


Strikes for Tikes

October 29


Charity Gala  

November 12

Booster Seats Save Lives 


Does your child think he is too old for a booster seat? Think twice before you remove it from the car, says research published in the journal Pediatrics.


In a study of more than 7,000 children ages 4 to 8 who were restrained in the back seat of a car that crashed, only 30 percent were secured in a booster seat. These children were 45 percent less likely to suffer injuries than children in a traditional seatbelt.


The booster seat gives your child the lift needed to ensure your car's seatbelt is providing the necessary protection. Additionally, the State of Tennessee requires children ages 4-8 and less than 4' 9" in height to be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system.

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Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 541-6448

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