Carroll County Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is a program for expectant parents, newborns, infants, and toddlers that provides health and developmental services so that children start school healthy and ready to learn. Services are designed for your family individually. This program is of no cost to the family.
Help Me Grow (HMG) is Ohio’s birth to 3 system that provides state and federal funds to county Family and Children First Councils to be used in conjunction with state, local and other federal funds to implement and maintain a coordinated, community-based infrastructure that promotes trans-disciplinary, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families. The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS) is the lead agency administering HMG program in Ohio.
- Services to Part C eligible infants and toddlers are provided in accordance with federal Part C guidelines;
- Families have access to the services which are needed to enhance their health and child's development; and
- Training is available to ensure that professionals who work with children and families have up-to-date information.
HMG is administered through 88 county-level offices throughout the state. Through the 88 counties, children and families in every county in Ohio can access Early Intervention services. A referral to your local Help me Grow office can be made by calling 330.627.4357. After health dept. hours of 7:30AM-4:00PM, there is an answering machine to take your name and phone number. You may also find you are connected with someone from the Ohio Dept. of Health that can make the referral.
BEIS staff who administer the HMG program do so with the assistance of state partners from the Ohio Family and Children First Council, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Family Information Network (FIN) of Ohio. Select the links below to access contact information for the regional and central office staff for HMG's state partners.
Home Visiting provides resources, healthy screenings and developmental information to prenatal moms and 1st time moms with infants under the age of 6 months. The home visitor comes directly to the child, no office visits needed. Home visiting uses an evidenced-based curriculum to assist parents in activities to stimulate their child’s development. Times and frequency of visits are established by the parent and home visitor. For new moms, near new moms and first time moms this is a visit that also assists them in understanding resources available, as needed, in the county. Children can be dually enrolled in home visiting and early intervention when needed. The home visitor is responsible for Parent meetings as well.
Help Me Grow can help provide services to children birth to three who are diagnosed with a developmental delay or may be at risk for a developmental delay. When a family calls the office our central coordination may refer the child to a service coordinator. The service coordinator will come to the home, explain the program, and with parent consent they will complete some screenings and assist in determining if an evaluation is needed to further determine a delay. If the parent consents to an evaluation, this will be completed by two professionals, one in the area of the suspected delay. This team along with the parent and service coordinator will determine the child outcome goals that will be on the Individual Family Service Plan. As the child completes the goals, new goals may need to be established or the child may no longer have a need for services and can be exited from the program. The Early Intervention program will also assist families as their child transitions from Help Me Grow to a preschool when the child turns three years old.
In 2015, the Carroll County Help Me Grow and the Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilites combined services using the Primary Service Provider Model. This model of service provides a team approach where parents and professionals determine outcomes and work towards those goals within the child's home environment.
- Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
- Ohio Department of Job & Family Services - Programs for Children, Families & Pregnant Women
- Carroll County Transit Service
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
1. Why do I put my baby on his back to sleep? Won’t he choke if he spits up?
- Sometimes a baby will spit up while they are sleeping. Research shows that babies are not at risk of choking if they spit up while they are sleeping on their backs. Babies will often turn their heads, swallow it or begin coughing if they do spit up.
- Babies are safest sleeping on their backs to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
2. What is SIDS? How can I reduce the risks of my baby dying from SIDS?
- SIDS is the sudden infant death of a baby under the age of 1, most often between 2 and 4 months of age. We do not know what causes SIDS.
- SIDS is not preventable; however, there are ways to decrease your baby’s risk of SIDS.
- Always place baby on his back to sleep for naps and night time. Do not alternate sleeping positions. Make sure a babysitter knows to place baby on his back. A baby who is used to sleeping on his back and then is on his tummy is 18 times more likely to die of SIDS.
- Breastfeed instead of formula.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy and make your home smoke free. Second hand smoke is harmful.
- Make sure baby sleeps on a firm mattress or another firm surface.
- Do not overheat your baby.
3. Is it normal for my baby to be crying all the time and what can I do?
*Crying is the only way for your baby to communicate. From the ages of 6 weeks to 3 months it is normal for a baby to cry 2-3 hours over a 24 hour period. Responding quickly to your baby’s crying helps her learn to trust you even if you aren’t able to help her stop crying. There are several reasons a baby may cry:
- Pain from gas bubbles, needs to be burped
- Being too hot or cold
- Wants to be held and touched
- Being startled by a stranger
- Diaper needs changed
- Needs to suck on a pacifier or wants to suckle on mom if breastfed
- Wants stimulation (talked to, a toy to look at or touched)
- Is overly tired and needs to sleep
Try swaddling your baby so she feels secure. Remember to stay calm so that she doesn’t sense your tension. You can walk, sing and rock your baby, hold your baby close and breathe slowly and calmly until she quiets. If you still aren’t able to calm her, call your pediatrician or local health department for more suggestions or to schedule a doctor appointment.
4. I just had a baby and I think I may be suffering from Post Partum Depression. How can I know for sure?
Often after you deliver a baby you will experience what may feel like mild depression. This is generally referred to as the “baby blues”. Symptoms include: drastic mood swings, crying, anxiety, and sadness, difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite, anger and fear. These symptoms should disappear within days to a couple of weeks without any treatment. To help with these symptoms be sure to get enough rest, eat nutritiously, have social support and talk to someone who understands. Exercise lightly if your doctor gives you the ok. And understand that it will take time for your hormones to return to their normal levels.
If these symptoms do not go away after 2 to 3 weeks and/or become more intense talk to your health care provider. If you persistently feel worthless, feel like you want to harm the baby or don’t have a desire to take care of your baby tell someone and seek help from your doctor. This could be a sign that you are struggling with Post Partum Depression.
Remember that Post Partum is not something to feel ashamed of. Statistics show that at least 3 out of 4 mothers suffer from some form of Post Partum. Seeking help will only allow you to be the best mother than you can be for your child.
5. I think that my baby is too big for her car seat but I don’t know for sure?
First you need to make sure your baby is within the height and weight range that is specific to your car seat. If you look on the side of your seat it should have the guidelines. Sometimes your baby may seem too long for the seat. You need to make sure their ears are not even with or above the top of the seat. It is ok if their legs are longer than the seat. Legs can bend. If you are still unsure contact your local health department. Someone should be able to answer your questions about your car seat and update you on all the new regulations. It has been recommended that your child remain rear facing for as long as you can keep them that direction. This is not a law it is simply best practice to ensure the safety of your child. This is because your child’s neck is not fully developed until 3 years of age.
6. When can I put my child in a booster?
Booster seats are for children who have outgrown a car seat with an internal harness and are mature enough to ride “boosted” up with a lap and shoulder belt securing them. Ohio law states that children must ride in a car seat until they are 4 years old and 40lbs. Be sure to check the weight harness limit on your car seat. Some allow a child to remain in the harness until they are 50 lbs. They must then remain in their booster seat until they are 8 years old OR 4’9”, whichever comes first. Remember children should ride in the backseat until they are 13 years old.
7. When should I call the doctor for my newborn baby?
- A foul odor or drainage form the umbilical cord or if the skin surrounding the cord is red or swollen.
- Skin color is yellow, bluish or pale.
- Rectal temperature is less than 97˚F or more than 100.4˚
- Excessive crying.
- Excessive drowsiness (sleeping through a regular wakeful period or being very difficult to wake).
- Loss of appetite, not sucking well or falling asleep during feeding.
- Restlessness in a baby who usually sleeps well.
- Convulsions or seizures.
- Stiffness or inability to move part of the body.
- Very fast or noisy breathing.
- Always call your doctor or pediatrician whenever you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your child.
8. Does my child really have to be on formula or breast milk until their first birthday?
It is highly recommended that you follow this for your child. Foods other than breast milk or iron-fortified formula do not give your baby a nutritional head start, and in fact may cause nutritional problems. For example, cow’s milk should be avoided during the first 12 months of life due to its poor iron content and the increased potential for iron deficiency anemia. If you are unable to afford formula or can no longer breastfeed talk to your pediatrician to see what he or she would prefer you to do.