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Infant and Toddler Formula Shortage (Escasez de fórmula para bebés): 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with local, state, and federal partners to monitor the current infant and toddler formula shortage. 

Do not use recalled powdered infant and toddler formula products. For more information on recalled formulas and to find out whether you have any of those products, visit Powdered Infant Formula Recall: What to Know | FDA.

The Texas WIC program has added additional formula options for program participants. To learn more, please visit their website at Special WIC Food Updates | Texas WIC. Additional details for health care providers can be found here: Health Partners | Texas WIC.

Find more information about the infant formula shortage and answers to many frequently asked questions at the following websites:

Here are some additional tips on how to manage the infant formula shortage safely:

  • Never dilute formula: Read and follow the instructions on the infant formula container. Use the amount of water listed on the instructions. Diluting infant formula with extra water or other liquids can be dangerous and even life-threatening for babies, leading to serious nutritional deficits and health issues.
  • Avoid homemade formula: Homemade formulas often lack or have inadequate amounts of critical nutrients and may lead to hospitalization
  • Use of substitute commercially produced infant formulas is OK: For most babies, if their regular brand of infant formula is not currently available, it is OK to substitute with a similar commercially produced version. If you have questions about which formula is acceptable, or are still having difficulty finding infant formula, contact your baby’s doctor or WIC clinic.
  • Talk to your doctor: Consult your pediatrician if your child requires a specialized formula and you need a recommendation for a comparable formula to use. Providers can submit an urgent request for specialized formula to Abbott Nutrition, a primary formula manufacturer.  

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DSHS Leads Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities Through Preconception Peer Education

peer_eduInfant mortality is an issue that highlights the health disparities in our state. The Life Course Perspective, which is the guiding theory behind this initiative, posits that in order to overcome infant mortality, the protective factors affecting a woman’s reproductive life must be enhanced and the risk factors decreased. DSHS is taking a step towards enhancing those protective factors by focusing on college students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Texas.

DSHS has implemented the Office of Minority Health’s Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) program, a national program that has shown evidence of improving health outcomes for its participants. The two-day training is led by a planning committee comprising membership from DSHS, March of Dimes, Department of Family and Protective Services, the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas and HHSC’s Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. Students are trained to lead activities and trainings among their peers and in communities surrounding their campuses on preconception health, the importance of fathers, health disparities and reproductive life planning.

The first training took place September 21-22, 2012 at Prairie View A&M University and graduated 79 participants. Three of these students were involved in the planning and implementation of a second training at Wiley College in Marshall April 12-13, 2013 with 49 registered participants. DSHS is planning additional trainings for the 2013-2014 school year. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Aisling McGuckin at titleV@dshs.state.tx.us.

Texas Babies Deserve a Healthy Beginning

Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education announces a newly released training module, Reducing Non-Medically Necessary Deliveries Before 39 Weeks. The goal of this module is to educate texasbabieshealth-care providers and others who care for women of childbearing age about the new Texas Medicaid reimbursement criteria for delivery of infants at less than 39 weeks of gestation.

The module is designed to educate providers about collaborating with hospitals to create procedures to reduce pre-39 week non-medically indicated deliveries. It will increase provider comprehension of why the new Medicaid reimbursement criteria were implemented. It also guides providers to develop processes to determine and document the medical necessity of deliveries at less than 39 weeks. Providers will be able to recognize the clinical implications of non-medically necessary delivery by induction or cesarean at less than 39 weeks of gestation and more effectively educate their patients.

To view this new course and more than 40 more courses online, visit www.txhealthsteps.com. Courses are available online 24/7. All Online Provider Education courses are accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE).

All courses accredited by the Texas Medical Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiner. Select courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education, UTHSCSA Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education, Texas Dietetic Association, Texas Academy of Audiology, and International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Continuing Education for multiple disciplines will be provided for these events.



Last updated May 20, 2022