Parents: Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

Below are tips to help you raise safe and healthy kids.

Plan a healthy pregnancy.

(Image Source: cdc.gov)Take folic acid and avoid drinking alcohol to help prevent certain birth defects and disabilities. Know your family’s health history to see if you and your baby are at higher risk for certain diseases and conditions. Make sure any health conditions you have are under control and that you are up-to-date on your vaccinations.

• Pregnancy Information

Know the signs of child development.

As your kids grow, they should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, and act. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem. The earlier you recognize a delay, the more you can do to help your kids reach their full potential.

• Child Development
• Learn the Signs. Act Early

Get check-ups and vaccinations.

Routine check-ups, including dental and eye exams, help identify ways to stay healthy, provide the opportunity to receive preventive services, and help find health problems early, when chances for treatment are better. Vaccinations help prevent many diseases and save lives. Keep track of your and your family’s check-ups and vaccinations to make sure they stay current.

• Parents: What You Need to Know about Vaccines and Immunizations

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