Our mission is to provide leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical, socio-emotional health, safety and well-being of all Kentucky women, infants, children, adolescents and their families.
Abbott Nutrition Formula Recall (Feb. 2022)
The FDA is investigating consumer complaints of Cronobacter and Salmonella infections among children reported to have consumed powdered infant formula produced by Abbott Nutrition. Abbott has initiated a voluntary recall of products including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas. The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends:
- Do not use or consume products with a multidigit number on the bottom of the container starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH or Z2 and with an expiration date of April 1, 2022 or later. Product lot codes can be entered on the Abbott company website to check if products are part of the recall.
- Contact your child's healthcare provider if concerned about the health of your.
- Contact your child's healthcare provider and seek medical care immediately if your child is ill.
More information on infant health
Abbott Formula Recall Parent Advisory
What is Cronobacter? (CDC)
What is Cronobacter? (CDC en Español)
What is Salmonella? (CDC)
What is Salmonella? (CDC en Español)
More information on the recall
FDA Notice of Voluntary Recall
FDA Notice of Voluntary Recall (en Español)
Abbott Information on Recalled Products
Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) provides support
throughout your pregnancy and the first two years of your baby’s life. HANDS supports families as they build healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children. For more information visit the
First Steps provides services to
children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. Children with a develolpmental delay or established risk for delay may be eligible for services. For more information visit the
First Steps website.
WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and counseling and screening and referrals to other services to
pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, infants and children up to their fifth birthday. Services are provided locally through public health departments. For more information visit the
Newborn Screening provides screenings
for newborns to determine if a baby has certain health conditions. Specific conditions can lead to slow growth or other poor newborn outcomes. For more information, visit the
Newborn Screening website.
The Division of Maternal and Child Health has more than 40 programs that directly or indirectly impact the lives of Kentucky's families. Some of our larger programs are:
- Birth Surveillance Registry
- Breastfeeding Promotion
- Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- Child Care Health Consultation
- Child Fatality Review and Injury Prevention
- Child Injury Prevention
- Connect the Dots
- Evidence-based MCH strategies
- Healthy Schools
- Help Me Grow
- Maternal Mortality Review
- Metabolic Foods and Formulas
- Neonatal Abstinence Sydrome
- Nurturing Parenting
- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring
- School Health Nursing
- Strengthening Families
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Registry
The Division of Maternal and Child Health will often participate in, lead, or support various initiatives that support Kentucky's families. While other initiatives can be found here, the most important initiative is
Safe Sleep Kentucky.
Safe Sleep Kentucky is a statewide effort to raise awareness of and help inform parents and other child caregivers of the importance of safe sleep for babies. The effort seeks to prevent SIDS-related infant deaths by emphasizing
ABCD, the four letters associated with the best practices to make sure infants sleep safely.
A is for
Alone - Stay close, sleep apart
B is for Back - On my back for night and naps
C is for Crib - In a clean and clear crib
D is for
Danger - Be aware, not impaired. Drinking and drug use impair your ability to care for a baby, making bed-sharing and other unsafe sleep even more dangerous for the baby.