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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.

HOME VISITING: All babies cry. Get to know your baby and how to soothe him/her

June 24, 2017

All babies cry. They cry when they’re hungry. They cry when they’re scared. They cry when they’re tired and they cry when they want to be held.  Crying is one of the few ways your baby can tell you what he or she is feeling. If they cry a lot it doesn’t mean you are[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Why should you care about Health Equity?

June 20, 2017

Why should you care about health equity? Well, for starters, health equity affects everyone! It means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Maintaining health equity means making sure everyone has[…..]

QT 30: Summer Splash: Water Fun

June 15, 2017

It’s time to take the fun outdoors!  Slather your baby in sunscreen, strap on a hat, and dress them up in light colored clothing. This summer, take advantage of the warm weather and spend quality time outside. Quality time, like outdoor play, contributes to healthy growth! Here are three easy outdoor activities to help your[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Dads on Nap-time Duty

June 9, 2017

Dads – parenting will not be easy but your involvement is extremely important! One of the best things you can do as a father is follow the safe sleep rules. No, this is not just any other house rule. These rules are important to follow. These rules are simple steps to lower the risk of[…..]

Help Me Grow: I Want to Improve My Child’s Literacy Skills

May 30, 2017

You are your baby’s first teacher. Every day, your baby is watching your movements. They are watching what you do and copying it. You smile. They smile. Your baby is growing with your support. Everyday interactions help shape a smart child. Early introduction to language helps build reading and writing skills important for a successful[…..]

Home Visiting: Keep Your Baby Safe from Medications

May 26, 2017

Your baby is beginning to crawl. Look at them go! It is that special time when your little one is becoming more curious. He or she is ready to explore a whole new world. It could only take a few seconds for your child to get into a purse or a nightstand that stores medication.[…..]

QT30: Colorific Fun for Five-Year-Olds!

May 18, 2017

The first five years of a child’s life have a huge impact on their future successes and well-being. Children’s experiences during their first years help shape their life later on. What your child learns during their first years depends on what you teach them as you are their first ever teacher. These lessons don’t have[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Help Your Child Develop Healthy Sleep Habits

May 10, 2017

We all know the challenges that come when you say these 4 little words, “It’s time for bed”, but did you know there are simple steps you can take to make bedtime less of a struggle? One of the easiest ways to develop healthy sleep habits is by keeping a routine. Having a routine means[…..]

Health Equity: What’s Teeth Got To Do With It?

May 6, 2017

Health equity is about making health available to everyone regardless of differences. A healthy life not only makes us feel better, but also allows us to achieve more in life. Where you live, work, learn, and play contributes to your overall health. Everyone deserves good health. And with good health comes good teeth! Healthy teeth[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: What is Health Equity?

April 29, 2017

Health equity means that everyone has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be. It means breaking down barriers that “place” and “personal” factors like safety, housing, income, race and sex can create. Health equity means that everyone, at any time and in any place, can work for better health for all.[…..]