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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: National Foster Care Month- Preparing to be a foster parent

May 18, 2018

May is National Foster Care month. This month we want to recognize the important role foster parents play in the lives of children of all ages. The first few years of a child’s life is a critical period for healthy development. That’s why parents and caregivers of all kinds are important during this time. First[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Sharing Concerns about Your Child’s Development With Your Doctor

May 7, 2018

Developmental milestones are clues that your child’s growth is on track. The way they listen, talk, move, behave and learn at certain ages are big milestones. When your child is on track, it’s time to celebrate! When they are not, it’s time to talk to the doctor. Developmental screening is a test to see if[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

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: 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[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]