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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.

Developmental Screening: I Am Not Sure My Child Is Growing As He/She Should

September 20, 2016

Monitoring how your child is developing can be confusing, even for the most well informed parent. Children learn and develop rapidly as they grow, but not every child does so at the same pace. You may think your child should begin to walk at 12 months, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms[…..]

Help Me Grow: When Can I Dial 2-1-1?

September 20, 2016

There is no doubt that a new parent will have a list of questions from the moment they arrive home with their new baby. All first-time parents constantly worry about being the best parent. You are not alone. Help Me Grow is a helpline where parents can get answers to questions relating to childcare. A[…..]

Home Visiting: Baby Proofing Your Home

September 20, 2016

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) injuries are the fifth leading cause of infant mortality. These injuries include, but are not limited to, suffocation, burns, falls, and accidental poisoning. Many of these accidents can be avoided by educating yourself on how to create a safe environment for your baby or child.[…..]

QT30 ACTIVITY: Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Activities

September 20, 2016

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[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Share Your Dreams for All Delaware Babies

September 20, 2016

In 2010, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) accounted for 21.3% of infant deaths. No infant in Delaware should die from SIDS or other related sleep deaths and it is up to all of us to stop it. We all want to see babies grow up to live the dreams we have for them. To help[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: THE SAFE WAY TO CO-SLEEP AND BREASTFEED

September 7, 2016

Every year families are impacted by SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in the state of Delaware and throughout the country. SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after an investigation. We can help more babies celebrate their first birthday, by[…..]