Pregnancy and Beyond

Benzocaine and Babies:  Not a Good Mix
Parents should consider risk of using oral gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain.

Child Safety Seats
Nutrition help from WIC
Sleep safety from SIDS Resources, Inc.
Choosing Childcare
Parenting information from ParentLink
Toll-Free Phone Numbers

Child Safety Seats

Using a child safety seat correctly makes a big difference. A child safety seat may not protect your child in a crash if it is not used correctly and installed properly in your vehicle. For more information on child safety seats, visit Parents Central website or review Car Seats: Information for Families from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)

The WIC Program prescribes and pays for nutritious foods to supplement the diets of pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their fifth birthday. Individuals who qualify are "nutritionally at-risk," based on a medical and nutrition assessment, and meet income guidelines (185% poverty). Program participants are reassessed periodically to determine eligibility status. These services are provided through contracts with county and city health departments, community health centers, community action agencies and hospitals. WIC has contracts with retail grocers and pharmacies to provide the prescribed supplemental foods. The WIC Program provides:

To find a local WIC program or for more information, call 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465) or visit the WIC website.

Benzocaine and Babies:  Not a Good Mix

Parents should consider risk of using oral gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain.

When a baby is teething, many a mom or dad reaches for a pain remedy containing benzocaine to help soothe sore gums. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and can be found in such over-the-counter (OTC) products as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. But the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious - and sometimes fatal - condition called methemoglobinemia. And children under 2 years old appear to be at particular risk.

Learn more at

SIDS Resources, Inc.

SIDS Resources, Inc. is the source of current and accurate information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and risk reduction techniques in Missouri. SIDS Resources, Inc. offers professional and community education opportunities about reducing the risk of SIDS and infant death throughout the state of Missouri and in the Kansas counties surrounding Kansas City.

The mission of SIDS Resources, Inc. is to create a community where all babies are healthy through the first year of life and in which:

SIDS Resources, Inc. recommends the following strategies to reduce the risk of SIDS:

For more information on sleep safety, call 1-800-421-3511 or visit the SIDS Resources, Inc. website.

Choosing Childcare

Choosing the right childcare for your family is an important decision. You have the right to ask the childcare providers specific questions and to personally see the facility before you trust your baby to their care.

Local Resource and Referral agencies are located throughout the state and can assist you in making an appropriate child care choice. Call 1-800-200-9017 for the Resource and Referral office nearest you or visit the Child Care website.


ParentLink, sponsored by the University of Missouri-Columbia, provides support for parents through an information line, lending library, and community development activities. ParentLink's mission is to help Missouri parents provide safe, healthy and nurturing environments for their children. For more information, please call 1-800-552-8522, or visit the ParentLink website.

Toll-Free Phone Numbers

American Cancer Society Helpline (Smoking Cessation)
Breastfeeding Support
Child Abuse Hotline
MO HealthNet for Kids
Division of Highway Safety (child safety seats)
GED Information
HIV/STD Information Line
March of Dimes
MO HealthNet Recipient Services Line
ParentLink (parenting questions)
Parents as Teachers
Poison Control
SIDS Resources, Inc.
Special Health Care Needs
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

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