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You can prevent many
childhood health problems, as well as costly visits
to the emergency room, by working closely with your
pediatrician or family doctor. It is usually better
for your child’s health if she sees the same doctor
each time. Your doctor will get to know your child,
and you will probably feel more comfortable talking
about your concerns. Talk with your doctor about important
issues, such as breastfeeding, nutrition and immunization.
Protect babies and small children from sunburn and skin
cancer with hats and baby-safe sunscreen. Make sure
your stroller has a shade. Look for shady play areas.
A Medical Home
Children get better care when they visit the same doctor
each time. They also are more comfortable with people
and a place they know. This is called a “medical
Ask Your Doctor About the Shots Your Baby Needs
Shots or vaccines can protect your child from many
dangerous diseases, including measles, mumps, polio,
hepatitis B and chicken pox.
- The schedule
for shots can change, but if your baby misses a
shot, he can usually still get it. Ask your doctor.
Call National Immunization Hotline.
- Take your child’s immunization records to
- At each visit ask, “When
are my baby’s next shots due?”
- Discuss any health problems your baby has.
- Ask if you should give your child acetaminophen
to make him more comfortable. Never give aspirin.
- Your child may be sore where the shot was
given, or be cranky or have a slight fever. These
are normal reactions. But if your child has a more
severe reaction, call your doctor.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
- “I’m a single mom.
I’m insured through my work, but I insure my child
through Healthy Families because it costs less and he
gets better benefits.” Call Healthy Families.
Hearing and Vision
- Parents are usually the first to suspect their child
has a hearing or vision problem. If you’re worried,
ask your doctor to test your child’s hearing or
vision. Try to have your baby’s hearing tested
at birth. Call Newborn Hearing Screening. Your child
should have a first eye exam at age 3 or 4, before she
Before You Sign for Treatment
- Before you or your children get medical treatment, you
will be asked to sign a consent form. Be sure you understand
what is being done and why. Ask about risks, benefits
and other treatment choices. If you have to make an
important decision, take time to think about it first.