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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.

HELP ME GROW: COLD SEASON

February 11, 2019

  Cold and flu season is here!  It’s true, your baby can get a cold any time of the year. But, the winter tends to bring more germs than usual. Your baby is still building up their immune system. It is easier for him or her to pick up germs. Family members or child care[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Benefits of Unstructured Playtime

November 14, 2018

  Playtime. It is the source of laughter, excitement and good old fun. Yet, playtime is more than that. It is an important time for your growing child. Unstructured playtime gives your child the chance to learn through play. Every day your baby will learn something new. Playtime is the perfect time for them to[…..]

HELP ME GROW: A Curious Baby is a Healthy Baby

October 15, 2018

  A curious baby is a healthy baby. Curiosity means your baby is trying to learn how things work. Your baby will learn new things right away. Sitting, walking, or crawling to name a few! Your baby will also start to develop problem-solving skills.  This is the way a child thinks and makes decisions. It[…..]

HOME VISITING: Breastfeeding and Marijuana Use

September 19, 2018

Just once or on occasion is a big NO when it comes to marijuana use. No amount of marijuana is safe to use during pregnancy or after breastfeeding. You can still pass the harmful substance to your baby through breast milk.  Although the use of medical marijuana is legal in Delaware, marijuana use in any[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Outdoor Summer Fun With Your Child

September 16, 2018

  Summer is a great chance to keep your kids active. Show them how great it is to be outside by using our QT30 activities! QT30 is quality time you spend with your kids for 30 minutes a day. These 30 minutes can be filled with activities that are fun, educational, and help engage their[…..]

HELP ME GROW: The Right Resources For You

August 13, 2018

  Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding and most challenging experiences. Whether by chance, or by choice, you’ve been placed in this role. It’s not uncommon to ask yourself, “am I ready for this?” It’s important to recognize that your child’s early years are vital and can shape their entire future.[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: BABY TALK!

July 30, 2018

Pretty soon your little one is going to be babbling like never before! Celebrate and thank yourself. The special moments spent with your child helped them grow. Learning starts earlier than we might think. From birth, a baby is learning how to move, talk, and understand. They learn from their surroundings. That is why it’s[…..]

HOME VISITING: The Importance of Birth Spacing

July 25, 2018

Birth spacing is when a woman gives her body enough time to recover between pregnancies. A mother’s body needs to rest and recover after pregnancy. Moms should wait at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again. Why should moms wait 18 months? Their bodies need time. Time to heal and recover from[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Parenting Assistance for a Healthy Baby

June 18, 2018

Being a parent is a full-time job. Even the best parents still need some help from time to time. That’s why you should look into the Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow is a great system to connect parents and their children to needed services through a centralized access point such as 2-1-1.  Maybe you[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Working Toward Health Equity

June 6, 2018

It’s time for our communities to move the needle toward health equity. To begin, we must understand the social determinants of health to address health equity. These determinants of health are factors such as where a person is born, where they work and where they live. These factors closely affect one’s overall health. We all[…..]