Child Health

Washington State Apple Health For Kids

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

How Sick is Too Sick: When to keep your child home from school or daycare

Washington State Apple Health For Kids

Your child may be eligible for the Apple Health for Kids insurance. If your child attends Pomeroy School District and your child is eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, speak with Joanne Peterson about eligibility of Apple Health.

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WIC Program

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC improves health and nutrition status of pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under five. WIC provides health screening, nutrition education, nutrient rich foods, breastfeeding support and referrals to other health and social services.

2017-2018 WIC Income Eligibility Standards (PDF)


Whether you have just had a baby, or you are pregnant, it is important to take care of yourself. Eating well is one of the best ways you can take care of yourself and those who depend on you. What you eat makes a big difference in the way you look and feel. Here are some suggestions for healthy eating:

  • Eat a variety of foods.
  • Balance the food you eat with physical activity. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Choose a diet with plenty of whole-grain products, vegetables and fruits.
  • Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
  • Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.


From the day your baby is born they are able to regulate how much breast milk or formula they need to grow and develop. Infants should get only breast milk or formula until 6 months of age. When infants are able to hold their head steady, sit with a little support, show they want food by opening their mouth to take food from spoon, and stop pushing their tongue out when their lips are touched, they are ready to begin spoon feeding and eating solids in addition to breast milk or formula. If you introduce a single new food at a time, you will be able to identify food allergies in your baby. Some foods to avoid before your infant's first birthday are eggs, honey, nuts (including peanut butter), and cow's milk. When your baby turns 1-year old, it is suggested that you stop using a bottle for feeding. If you have questions about how to do this, you can talk with you nutritionist at your next WIC appointment.


Children who listen to their hunger and fullness cues are more likely to stop eating when they are full and less likely to become overweight. It's best to encourage your child to eat until they are full rather then encouraging them to clean their plate. Try phrases like "is your belly telling you that you are full?", or "is your tummy still making hungry growling noise?", or "has your belly had enough?" For additional information, check out the following link:


WIC and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is recommended exclusively for the first six months, continued breastfeeding for the first year, and then for as long as month and baby decided to continue.

WIC encourages all moms to breastfeed their infants by offering breastfeeding education and assistance. Assistance is provided by a breastfeeding peer counselor and WIC nutritionists who are Certified Breastfeeding Educators.


There are three main types of appointments that you may be required to make in order to receive your WIC vouchers.

  1. Recertification or Certification appointments are required yearly for infants, children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and postpartum non-breastfeeding women. For these appointments, you will be required to bring documentation that will help determine your eligibility for WIC services.
  2. Nutrition or Follow -up appointments are scheduled between certification, recertification, or mid-year assessment appointments. Some of these appointments require that only caregiver be present, others require that the participant and caregivers be present. If you have questions about who needs to be present, you can check your appointment reminder card, or check with the WIC office.
  3. A mid-certification assessment is done 5-7 month after your recertification or certification appointment is done. A child/infant should be present for these appointments for the nutritionist to take their weigh and height/length.

Measures for weight, length, height, and hemoglobin for your child's pediatrician can be accepted for your child's WIC assessments within a month of when they were taken. These measures will need to be documented on a standard form or letterhead from the pediatrician.

If you are unable to keep your WIC appointment, please notify the WIC office.

For already enrolled WIC participants, we will schedule your next appointment at the end of your original appointment.


Garfield County Health District
P.O. Box 130 - 121 S. 10th Street
Pomeroy, WA 99347

For more information about WIC click here.

English: This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.  Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn't discriminate.

Spanish: Esta institucion es un proveedor de igualdad de opportunidades.  Programa de Nutricion WIC del estado de Washington no discrimina.

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Children with Special Health Care Needs:

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program serves children who have serious physical, behavioral or emotional conditions that require health and related services beyond those required by children generally.

  • Answer questions about your child's health needs and special care
  • Help you find special services your child may need
  • Help you talk with specialists and clinics where your child receives care
  • Show you ways to make your child's health and growth the best they can be
  • Help you prevent problems that may be common for children with your child's special health needs

For more information about Children with Special Health Care Needs click here.

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How Sick is Too Sick: When to keep your child home from school or daycare

Adams County Health Department has been so kind in allowing us to share this information for our own citizens of Garfield County on when to keep your children home from school or daycare.

When in doubt, always go with your gut. If you suspect your child is too sick to participate in school, stay home and call your doctor's office to see if your child needs a professional evaluation.

Parents are advised to keep your children home if they show any of these symptoms.

Appearance, behavior: Usually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to keep a student home.
Eyes: Red, thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye. Itching with a crust on the eyelids after sleep -- this condition may be "pink eye" and need medical evaluation.
Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Keep students home at least 24 hours following an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
Persistent nasal drainage or chronic cough: Should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
Sore throat: Especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. A student with a confirmed diagnosis of strep throat can return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
Cold like symptoms and trouble breathing: See your health care provider.
Diarrhea: Three or more liquid stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student acts or looks ill.
Vomiting: Vomiting two or more time within the past 24 hours.
Rash: Body rash, especially with fever or itching.
Chicken pox: Students are infectious one to two days before the rash appears until the last blister (sores) are dry and crusted. This is usually five to six days after the rash appears. Students are to remain home while infectious.
Ear pain with fever: This should be evaluated by a health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
Lice: Students with suspected infestations will be screened. Parents will be notified of treatment needs. Please notify the school if you find head lice on your student.
Scabies: Students with scabies can return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.

Please remember that we are now approaching flu season and all school age and child care students need an influenza vaccination to reduce their risk of getting and spreading influenza in the classroom.

Students, please practice the following to reduce your risk of any infection:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing, or after toughing used tissues or handkerchiefs.
  • Wash your hands after touching anyone else who is sneezing, coughing, blowing their nose, or whose nose is running.
  • Throw used tissues into the trash as soon as possible.
  • Wash your hands often when sick.
  • Use warm water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash hands.

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