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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: The effects of bullying

December 22, 2017

Bullying is never acceptable, especially when children are involved. Kids often get bullied in school, on sports teams or at other social gatherings. The reason some kids are bullied is often because of their lack of health equity. Bullies might target other kids based on their social status, parents’ income, housing, appearance or other things[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Traveling for the holidays? Make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep

December 13, 2017

  The holiday season is upon us. This means you might be traveling to visit family or friends. Sometimes these trips include sleeping over. If you have a baby in tow it’s important to make sure they have a safe environment to sleep in. There are times where a grandparent’s house or friend’s apartment might[…..]

QT30: Cook up some fun in your kitchen with these QT30 activities!

December 7, 2017

Every time you talk, play, or engage with your child, they are growing. Even little things count. Just 30 minutes each day is like magic, when the time you spend is quality time. Participating in daily activities with your children can help strengthen family bonds and can help build a lifetime of well-being for your[…..]

HOME VISITING: Scheduling well-baby visits

December 3, 2017

The first two years of your baby’s life are important. Keep your baby happy and healthy by going to well-baby visits. A well-baby visit lets you know how your baby is growing and developing. These visits will happen every 2-3 months. A Home Visitor can help you schedule and prepare for these important visits. If[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Just a phase? How to know if your child’s behavior is normal for their age

November 27, 2017

New parents often find themselves asking, “is this normal?” or “should my child still be doing this at this age?” These are not only common, but great questions that parents should be seeking answers to! It means you’re invested in your child’s development and want to make sure he or she is on the right[…..]

QT30: Fall Quality Time Activities

November 23, 2017

Fall is the perfect season to spend quality time with your little one outdoors! The weather is mild and there are endless activities for you to share with your child. While the upcoming winter season can highlight several engaging indoor activities, why not take advantage of the outdoors during this beautiful transition period? Here are[…..]

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[…..]