Empowering Parents to Care for Babies

thumb_ba4242e9b3764bfSkaggs Foundation, Taney and Stone County’s leading non-profit organization focused on improving health and wellness in this area, recently secured a grant from the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation to provide supplies and information parents need to care for their children’s minor illnesses at home.

Cox Medical Center Branson and Skaggs Foundation worked together on this solution to a frequent problem in the medical center’s Emergency Department.

“Last year in our ER, more than 2,000 children under the age of three were treated for cough, fever and runny noses,” explains Misty Denevan, RN, Director of Emergency Services and Critical Care at Cox Branson. “We learned that many of these families didn’t have the proper supplies or know the correct way to provide care at home that can give quick relief for the discomfort these minor illnesses cause their children.”

Skaggs Foundation, in cooperation with the health care professionals at Cox Branson, created and secured funding for “Feel Better Baby Kits” that will help families provide simple, fast and effective care for their children’s minor ailments at home.

Kits include Tylenol, rectal thermometers, nasal aspirators, and saline drops along with dosage charts and instructions for parents. Parents will also receive an easy-to-understand book by the Institute for Health Care Advancement entitled What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick.

Both English and Spanish language versions of the kits and the books are available.

“Every parent wants what’s best for their child,” stated Heather Zoromski, Grants Administrator for Skaggs Foundation, “but sometimes they need a little extra help. We were happy to coordinate the effort and secure the resources necessary to address this issue. It’s a way to help parents gain competence and confidence while children get the care and comfort they need. This isn’t the biggest thing we do, but many times it’s the little efforts that make a big difference for families in our community.”

The Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation, based in Springfield, MO, provides support to area non-profit agencies addressing children’s critical physical, mental, and dental health needs in the Ozarks.

The one time grant award of $2,775 will provide 180 “Feel Better Baby Kits” are being distributed at Cox Medical Center Branson’s Emergency Department while supplies last.


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