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Maternal Child Health Nurses at Todd County Health and Human Services and Wadena County Public Health offer a number of services to children as they grow. These services are available to all parents in our county. Most services are provided at no cost to you.

  • Information to assist parents in their efforts in parenting, either in the home or in an office setting, can be offered for all children and their mothers and fathers. Home safety education can be provided. These visits are free of charge.
  • The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, WIC, is available at several different clinics offered throughout the county. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligibile for assistance and need to meet income guidelines. WIC serves low to moderate income families. Please call for more information or appointments.
  • Low cost Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program is available for children 0-18 with no health insurance; private health insurance with no coverage for vaccine, unmet deductibles or insurance vaccine cap reached; and public health insurance (MN Care, MA, PMAP). Call for information on clinics availability.
  • Immunizations for un- and under-insured adults are available through a MDH Program at reduced rates. No one is refused services due to an inability to pay. Please call for appointments.
  • Car seat education and distribution for children who qualify under a Minnesota Health Care Program. Car seats are also available through the Minnesota Department of Health Car Seat Grant if eligibility is met.
  • Dental Varnish is a Fluoride treatment that is available to children up to age 18 who have Minnesota Health Care Plans, otherwise it is $10 for those not covered by insurance.
  • Lead testing for children 1 and 2 years of age or up to age 6 years old. This is covered by the state health plans.
  • Early Childhood Screening, ECS, isavailable beginning at age 3 to meet the state requirement for children entering school. They include screens for hearing, vision and development. Follow-up and referrals can be done as needed. These are free of charge to the family.
  • Child and Teen Checkups is a program for newborns through age 20 years to receive comprehensive health checkups with Minnesota Health Care Programs insurance. They include history review and education, physical exam, height/weight, screening for vision, hearing and development, lab testing, immunizations, dental referral and more. Children ages 0-18 months are recommended to have checkups every 2-3 months. Children 2-6 years are recommended to have a checkup every year. Every other year is recommended for children 8-20 years old. Public health provides checkups or can assist parents in scheduling with their medical clinic.

Childhood Vaccines: Understanding the importance of vaccines is crucial for you to protect your children’s health. For a discussion on childhood vaccines view CDC's "Get the Picture. Childhood Immunizations" video.  For the Minnesota Immunization Schedule, view When to Get Vaccines, Birth to 16 Years.

Developmental Disability Awareness: Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. For more information on ways to measure your children's progress view CDC's "Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early" video.

Handwashing: Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy. For helpful tips on handwashing view CDC's "Put Your Hands Together" video.

Home Hazards: Each year, hazards in the home cause millions of illnesses and injuries across the nation. Many can be prevented by keeping your home clean and well-maintained. For ways to recognize household hazards and correct them view CDC's "Health Begins at Home" video.

Fire Safety Plans: Deaths from fires and burns are one of the most common causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. For more information on steps your family can take to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and death view CDC's "A Time to Act" video.

Website: http://parentsknow.state.mn.us/parentsknow/index.html

If you would like to know more about CPR for your child, contact your local hospital for classes.

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