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Your Child’s Vision

 

Does she see what you see?

Is your child asking you to tell her things, such as the time or names on street signs that she should be able to read herself? If her last eye exam was more than a year ago, it’s time for a vision checkup. Problems with vision can lead to bad grades and frustration for both the child and his parents. Annual vision tests are important. Signs that your child may be struggling with his vision are:
inability to see objects at a distance
inability to read street signs
squinting
difficulty reading
sitting too close to the TV
 
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Vaccines:

 

They’re free AND important.

 
Do you know if they’re current? With school bus rides and backpacks full of books, come more germs. Make sure your children have all of the shots they need to stay healthy and focused in class. Vaccines are effective, convenient and free at your local health department.
 
 
 
Vehicle Safety for Your Children

As a parent you have many jobs, but one of the most important is keeping your child safe when riding in any vehicle, not just your own. Each year automobile accidents are responsible for thousands of children’s injuries and deaths. Using car seats and safety restraints properly can help prevent injuries, keep your children safe and save countless lives.

With so many car seat options on the market today, it’s no surprise that many parents, especially new parents, find it difficult and overwhelming to pick the right car seat or safety restraint for their children.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a car seat or restraint for your child, such as:

  • Your child’s age
  • Your child’s size (height and weight)
  • Type of vehicle you drive

For more information on purchasing a car seat and safety guidelines, click here.

National Mental Health Month

According to kidshealth.org, nearly 10-25% of new mothers report experiencing some level of postpartum depression (PPD) during or after the birth of their child. PPD is a serious but treatable mental health problem. If you think you are experiencing postpartum depression, call your doctor immediately.

For more information click here.

Mom, Take Care of Yourself!

Whether you are four weeks pregnant or forty, taking care of yourself has never been more important. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital before, during and after pregnancy. Some habits to consider are: physical activity, prenatal vitamins, a well-balanced diet, good oral hygiene and sleep. These healthy lifestyle choices may help:  

  • Lower the risk of pregnancy complications, preterm births and birth defects.
  • Protect against breast and other cancers.
  • Help you cope with physical discomforts and labor pains.
  • Reduce anxiety, boost mood, and protect you from depression.
  • Promote a healthier heart, increased energy levels and healthy development of your baby.
  • Build endurance and strength for labor and delivery.
  • Lead to easier, less complicated labor and quicker recovery from birth.

For more information on how to stay healthy, read the Happy Birthday Baby Book One.

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