Southeast Georgia Health System to Offer Teddy Bear Clinic and Infant Car Seat Safety Checks At Community Health and Wellness Fair

Southeast Georgia Health System will conduct a Teddy Bear Clinic and infant car seat safety checks during its first Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the new Brunswick High School, 3885 Altama Avenue.

During the Teddy Bear Clinic, children will be able to bring in one of their stuffed dolls or animals to receive a check-up and some tender loving care for injuries such as missing buttons or tattered arms and legs. In addition to patching up boos-boos on stuffed animals, Health System team members will demonstrate a variety of medical treatments a child may encounter while at the doctor’s office or hospital.

Child Life Specialist Earlene Dickson explains, "A trip to the hospital or doctor’s office can be overwhelming and a bit frightening for children. The Teddy Bear Clinic helps familiarize children with the health care experience in a non-threatening environment and helps alleviate their fears."

Also during the fair, certified child passenger safety technicians from Safe Kids Kingsland will be set up in the parking lot to perform safety checks on child and booster seats and assist families with ensuring their children are riding safely. The safety check includes inspecting to see if the infant or booster seat is correctly installed and appropriate for the age and size of the child.

According to Safe Kids World Wide, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 19. Children ages 2 to 5 who use safety belts prematurely are four times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those in infant safety seats or booster seats.

Other activities taking place at the Health and Wellness Fair include a variety of free and low-cost health screenings, a brown bag medication review and a Cancer Survivor Celebration. For more information, visit sghs.org/healthfair, or call 912-466-2140.