General information for parents and caregivers about asthma, the most frequently occurring chronic illness in children. Written in 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.
General information for parents and caregivers about the adverse effects of smoking on children with asthma. Second-hand smoke is produced by adults smoking in the air children breathe or smoking elsewhere and carrying smoke on their clothing and bodies. Second-hand smoke harms children. Read this fact sheet for details. Written 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2011.
General information about ADHD for parents and caregivers. Written in 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.
When children with special needs are in group care, information should be shared by parents/legal guardians and the child’s primary health care provider (PCP) with those who care for him/her. This Care Plan is a form used to communicate information to child care practitioners who are non-medical professionals. Child care practitioners should make sure they understand the information and obtain any training necessary. Children with special needs will require the completion of the parts of this Care Plan that document their daily or emergency needs. Additional information may be required for some children. This Fact Sheet and form detail the elements of information needed and why they are important to providing quality child care. Updated 11/2012
When children have toileting accidents in child care, staff must follow procedures that are appropriate for the child and limit the spread of germs. This fact sheet gives the rationale and the procedure for these situations. Updated 1/25/16.
Choking is a common cause of death for young children. Choking on food is most common. The food that is most often the cause is hot dogs. The most most frequent non-food cause is latex balloons. This one page fact sheet identifies what to do to prevent choking for young children. Use it as a handout or poster. Updated 6/2013.