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Children and Pets
05.26.2011 [New Moms & Dads]

Pet Safety Tips:

  • Always supervise your children around animals (even the sweetest pet can become startled and attack)
  • Teach your children to practice proper hand washing after handling pets.
  • Children should not be allowed to kiss pets or sleep with them.
  • Keep cat litter out of the reach of children.
  • Keep your animals vaccinations up-to-date and free of ticks and flees.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that infants and children under 5 years old avoid contact with the following animals:

  • Reptiles (lizards, snakes, and turtles)
  • Amphibians (frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders)
  • Baby chicks
  • Ducklings
  • Petting zoos

These animals can carry salmonella which can make your child very sick with diarrhea, vomiting, fevers and other symptoms.


  • The majority of dog attacks happen at home or in a familiar place and the dog usually belongs to the victim’s family or friend.
  • Infants and children less than 5 years old are more likely to get diseases from animals. This is because they love to touch everything and then put their fingers in their mouths.

Centers for Disease Control
Healthy Families Florida

Boot camp for New Dads!
05.19.2011 | Uncategorized

A workshop taught by fathers, utilizing a man-to-man approach to fatherhood.  A great opportunity for expectant dads to obtain the insights of veteran dads on the challenges of becoming a father. Attend the FREE 3-hour Saturday session at SMH.  Call (941) 917-1700 to sign up.

And Then There Were Three…
05.17.2011 | Campus Improvements

Crews recently added a third crane to the Courtyard Tower construction site. Work on the new 9-story patient care tower progresses on schedule, with an opening date of 2013.

How do I calm my fussy baby?
05.12.2011 | New Moms & Dads

A fussy baby can be a challenge! Here are some techniques that you might find helpful: Swaddle your baby in a large, thin blanket (ask your nurse or child’s doctor to show you how to do it correctly) to help her feel secure. Hold your baby in your arms and place her body either on […]

A Peek Through the Wall
05.06.2011 | Campus Improvements

This is what you see when looking through one of the “Sidewalk Superintendent” viewing portals located near the hospital’s main entrance.

Meet the Bloggers!
05.04.2011 | New Moms & Dads

Come meet your friendly SMH bloggers at the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and Kiwanis Club 17th Annual Baby Shower on May 7th, 2011, 10 am – 12pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota, 3100 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. Download PDF