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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

HEALTH EQUITY: Transportation and Health Equity

March 20, 2018

We want to live in a place that is good for us. We want to live in a place that we feel good about. A person’s health can be influenced by where they live. Health and environment is a factor that is often linked. Not every person has that ability to live in a community[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Caring for a colicky baby

March 15, 2018

All babies cry. Some more than others. Crying can help you determine if your baby is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable. With a lot of love and care, you can soothe your little bundle of joy. If your baby is crying for more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week with little[…..]

HOME VISITING: Working with Delaware families to provide the help they need!

March 5, 2018

Life as a new parent can sometimes be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and remember once your baby is born. The last thing you and your baby need is for you to feel stressed. One of the best ways for you to feel mentally and physically prepared to bring home baby, is to[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Do you know how to track your baby’s developmental milestones?

March 2, 2018

Your little baby is growing up- fast. Almost 3 months have gone by! You go to lift your baby and his head falls back. Should he have the capability of holding up his head? Is he still too young? Now you are unsure if you should worry. What should be the next step? It’s important[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Tips to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy all year round!

February 23, 2018

Happy and healthy smiles start early. That’s why it’s important to teach your child about proper oral care. What better time to start than during National Children’s Dental Health Month! Your child’s smile is one of the first things people will notice. Help keep that smile happy and healthy. It’s easy to forget about the[…..]

HELP ME GROW: The nutrients your kid needs

January 31, 2018

When you have a child, the most important thing is making sure they grow up as healthy as possible. Managing a balanced diet for your little one can be difficult. A great way to plan out meals and healthy habits is by thinking about what nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need. Here are just a[…..]

HOME VISITING: Preparing for your new baby

January 29, 2018

Getting ready to welcome a new baby is very exciting! You are preparing to get to know your little one. When it comes to preparation, there is a lot to think about. All the information you read can get overwhelming. That’s why a home visitor can be a great help. Home visiting is a free[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Substance abuse and your baby’s safety

January 26, 2018

You may think drugs are something you will never struggle with, but addiction has no boundaries. According to the CDC, opioid addiction is on the rise. Opioids are often given as a prescription pain killer, but they are very addictive, especially when taken for long periods of time.  Long-term treatment with opioids may increase the[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Fun activities that won’t break the bank

January 25, 2018

Finding new activities to try with your child is a great way to encourage their development! If you are tight on money however, especially after the holidays, it can be tough. So, what’s the best way to keep your kids excited about new activities? Here are a few great options that will keep you within[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Provide health equity opportunities for your baby

January 20, 2018

Considering having a baby? Give your little one a fair chance at health equity! Health equity means that everyone has an equal opportunity at living their healthiest life. Every parent wants their child to live a happy and healthy life. That is why it is important to ask yourself whether your living situation is healthy[…..]