Pediatric and Family Health

A number of factors before and after the birth of a child can create challenges to their development and school readiness. Before the birth of a child, the developing brain architecture of a fetus can be disrupted by poor maternal nutrition, exposure to a variety of hazardous substances and the adverse physiological effects of a pregnant woman’s chronic stress. Access to prenatal health care can help identify such high-risk circumstances and provide a Vehicle for addressing hazards to healthy brain development in a preventive fashion. After birth, providing access to a regular and affordable source of primary health care for mothers, infants and children is important in helping to prevent threats to the child’s healthy development, as well as provide early detection and intervention for concerns that could lead to more serious problems later in a child’s physical, developmental and mental health.


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Calming a Crying Baby
A crying baby can be frustrating for anyone, but NEVER SHAKE A BABY; it can cause severe
brain damage or death. Some things you may try to calm the baby include:
  • Make sure the baby is not ill. Check for fever, swollen gums, or other illness or injury.
  • Check to see if the baby needs to be fed, changed, or made comfortable.
  • Gently rock or walk with the baby. Put the baby in a wind-up swing.
  • Take the baby for a ride in a stroller, or in a car seat in the car.
  • Put the baby in a snugly, soft sleepsack, one that will not bunch around the face.
  • Check to make sure that clothing is not too tight, or that fingers or toes are not bent.
  • Increase sound in the baby’s room by turning up the music on a stereo, adding other rhythmic noise such as a ceiling fan.
  • Talk or sign quietly to the baby.
  • Call a friend or relative you trust to take over so you can take a break.
  • If nothing else works, put the baby in bed, shut the door, and turn on a television or radio, but check the baby OFTEN.