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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.

SAFE SLEEP: Facts about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

November 21, 2017

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and often unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age. Close to 3,700 babies died from SIDS in 2015 making it the leading cause of death for babies. SIDS can affect any baby at any time, even ones that seem healthy. There are ways[…..]

HOME VISITING: Being a better parent

November 18, 2017

Whether you’re expecting or you have a newborn, being a parent is extremely rewarding! We are living in a modern era, so we are fortunate enough to see all kinds of parents. There are couples, single moms or dads and everything in between. One thing that is for sure is that parenting can be challenging.[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Creating a health community

November 15, 2017

Every individual should have the opportunity to live in a community that provides safe places to walk and play. Daily walks in a park or bike rides around the block can improve the health of the individual and the health of a community. A walk on a guided path can instantly improve your health and[…..]

HELP ME GROW: ADHD awareness month

October 29, 2017

Learning that your child has ADHD, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, can seem scary. As long as you have the right resources, there is no doubt that your child can live a healthy life with ADHD. So, what is it? According to Kids Health, ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects at least 10% of school-age[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Bedtime routine

October 23, 2017

When your baby is crying at night, figuring out what is wrong is the only thing you want to do as a parent. Help your baby feel more comfortable by creating a bedtime routine. As an infant, your baby will need a lot of sleep. Their sleep schedule might be unpredictable — sleeping short hours[…..]

QT30: Fall decorations

October 19, 2017

Make the month of October all about Halloween themed decorations! Focus family quality time on creating crafts and decorations for the occasion. Quality time is a way for parent and child to bond. It presents great teachable moments and helps children express themselves. Start sharing laughs and creating memories with these simple Halloween themed activities![…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Location. Location. Location. Is your zip code hazardous to your health?

October 17, 2017

Zip codes matter. It may be no fault of your own, but where you live has a lot to do with your health. People who live in one zip code can have a poorer quality of life than people in the zip code right next door! Find out how your neighborhood could be affecting the[…..]

HOME VISITING: Caring for a newborn

October 13, 2017

Whether you are a new mom, dad, grandparent, or friend, holding and caring for a newborn can be nerve-racking! They are small, sensitive and fragile. It might be frightening at first, but the bond between you and the baby is far more precious. Here are some tips to make you feel more comfortable while holding[…..]

QT30: Alternative activities with arts and crafts

September 28, 2017

When it comes to quality time with your child, arts and crafts is a great way to switch it up! This will give you a chance to do something fun together. Physical activity is important for your kid’s health, but so is mental activity. Arts and crafts allows your child to take a visual and[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Oral Health Habits

September 25, 2017

Your teeth are an extension of your body. It is just as important to practice good oral health as it is to take care of the rest of your body. Taking good care of your teeth is necessary, especially if you have a child. Here a few useful oral health tips to help you both[…..]