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  THE AFGIS CHECK-LIST
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THE ULTIMATE BABY HEALTHCARE CHECK-LIST:

75 Simple Things You Can Do To Cut Infant Death  


READ...POST AT HOME...AND ACT!!!

1. WASH YOUR HANDS. ALWAYS! Make sure everyone does.

2. Sleep your baby on his back, NOT HIS BELLY.

3. Don't smoke before, during or after pregnancy, and keep smokers away from baby.

4. Don't do drugs. They can kill or injure you and your baby.

5. Don't drink alcohol during pregnancy.

6. Choose your sex partner carefully. Monogamy and marriage Is best and safest. YOU OR BABY COULD GET ANY OR ALL THE DISEASES OF EVERYONE YOU AND YOUR PARTNER EVER SLEPT WITH.

7. Get good pre-natal care starting as soon as you suspect you are pregnant.

8. Get good, nutritious food. "Food pyramid" diagrams on how to eat are available even on bread wrappers.

9. Read all labels and warnings on food, drugs and medicines, and follow directions and warnings carefully.

10. Take your vitamins, including folic acid, EVERY day all the time before you even get pregnant, and don't stop.

11. Never put a baby on a waterbed for even a minute. NEVER.

12. Don't sleep in the same bed with your baby, or allow other children, to sleep with your baby.

13. Remove ALL excess pillows, toys, blankets, etc. from your baby's bed. Don't leave ANYTHING in the bed with the baby except a snug sheet on a firm mattress.

14. Don't over-dress or overbundle your baby. Babies overheat very easily and can die.

15. Never play water or heartbeat sounds to make your baby sleep. NEVER!

16. If you don't have pets during pregnancy or during baby's first year of life, don't get them. Cats, reptiles, birds and other animals can spread serious disease during pregnancy and after.

17. Trust your God-given instincts.

18. Choose your baby sitters carefully. Make sure they listen to you, and follow your instructions. AND THEY UNDERSTAND THE BABY CAN DIE IF PUT BELLY-DOWN TO SLEEP.

19. Accident-proof your home. Have an escape plan for fires. Drill all familiy members in it, and practice it.

20. Check out your doctors. Get references from those you trust. Many states have doctors records on the internet.

21. Have a nurse-line access number available. Put all emergency numbers close to the phone PERMANENTLY.

22. Keep your nails short. Long real and false nails spread germs in food handling and can scratch and infect.

23. Get health insurance or clinic care.

24. Get a good, up-to-date car seat installed properly.

25. Avoid dangerous people/situations that could harm you or your baby. When in doubt, stay away.

26. Avoid polluting your home environment with smoke, chemicals, sprays, etc.

27. Watch your diet. Try to keep pregnancy weight gain within 20-25 lbs.

28. Watch your baby's diet. Make sure your baby gets enough plain water as well as food.

29. Breast feed If possible. This benefits mom and baby.

30. Don't shake your baby EVER. Make sure EVERYONE understands this!

31. Pick a doctor who listens to you, and answers your questions to your satisfaction.

32. Keep a personal, updated medical record for yourself.

33. Keep a personal, updated medical record for your baby.

34. Be firm with medical/office personnel. Do not be "pushed around" if your health, or your baby's health, is at stake.

35. Have a buddy or back-up person ready to care for your baby if you have a crisis or emergency.

36. Don't put yourself, or child, in jeopardy with bad habits.

37. Learn infant CPR, have the whole family learn.

38. Keep smoke alarms working.

39. Get and use a carbon monoxide alarm.

40. NEVER leave a baby in a hot car. NEVER.

41. See your doctor at the first sign of any trouble for you or your baby.

42. Do a complete medical history on yourself and the father and keep it current. Do a complete medical history on your baby and pregnancy and keep it current.

43. Remove polluting items/circumstances from your home/workplace.

44. Keep current on medical updates, but be wary. Not all news is true.

45. Trust your Doctor,... " but CAREFULLY. Not all doctors are wise or careful.

46. Do your own research. Look up health care questions and tips on the internet, and in publications.

47. Let all health providers know you are pregnant before you get ANY care. This includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists.

48. Try to get "head of the line" privileges if you or your baby is sick.

49. If baby has an ALTE ("near-miss SIDS", . . . stops breathing, turns blue, etc.), DON'T LET HIM BE RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL WITHOUT A FULL CHECK-UP AND PRESCRIBED INFANT MONITOR FROM YOUR DOCTOR THAT YOU HAD BEEN TRAINED TO USE.

50. Use a pacifier at night when baby has no bottle. The sucking motion seems to help prevent SIDS.

51. Eliminate from your home and environments as many "risks factors" as humanly possible before, during and after pregnancy, and during baby's life. Repairs/remodeling can put pollutants in the home.

52. Keep baby-kissing from EVERYBODY to a minimum during cold/flu season. RSV disease can kill.

53. Get a life insurance policy for your baby. This is protection for him now and in the future.

54. Contact/join support groups during pregnancy and after.

55. Learn about what to look for as risk factors before, during and after pregnancy, and during baby's first year.

56. Insure that all family members know "the score" and "the agenda" regarding baby care. 57. Keep a general journal or diary for important inf/observations.

58. Keep a baby first aid kit, and know how to use it.

59. Learn the agenda behind your doctor's treatments of you and baby. What is he trying to accomplish exactly?

60. Know your risk factors. Ask your doctor.

61. Always ask questions from knowledgeable people.

62. Don't trust too much anyone who is trying to sell you something. Their first priority is making the sales, not you or your baby's best interests.

63. Double-check out your sitters and child care providers. Ask for references.

64. Avoid using/limit use of talcum and other dusty products.

65. Treat diaper sores seriously. Bad infections can result.

66. Use a room monitor for your baby if you have to be elsewhere in the house.

67. Colds and diarrhea can be serious or deadly. Keep your doctor posted.

68. Do NOT use Nutrasweet (aspartame) or any other artificial sweetners in your food, or your baby's food.

69. Read the nutritional information on food labels. You may be unpleasantly surprised, and learn what to avoid.

70. Keep outside visitors to a minimum. This cuts exposure to illness.

71. Carry and use disinfectant/alcohol wipes (ora lightly-soaked alcohol cloth in a plastic sandwich-bag) on public surfaces your baby uses, ... shopping cart seats, etc. 72. Put mild disinfectant in all of baby's laundry.

73. ASK TO SEE AND READ ALL VACCINATION WARNINGS SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE YOUR BABY GETS ANY SHOTS. READ, ASK AND BE SURE BEFORE AGREEING TO ANYTHING.

74. Remember "A.B.C." Always Be Careful, . . . ALWAYS.

75. READ THIS LIST TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND EVERYONE WHO CARES FOR YOUR CHILD AND MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND IT. NO EXCEPTIONS AND NO EXCUSES. Your baby's life hangs in the balance.





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