Health and Development (HH)

There are many health issues for both new parent and child at this phase of the transition process. It is usually forefront to consider the child’s health but is equally important to consider the mother’s health as well as potential issues facing other family members. Bringing home a new baby is a stress and joy filled time which changes the normal pattern of daily routine. This can lead to potential health issues for all involved. The following links cover information for both family and child; including those children with special medical or developmental needs.

This phase is the very beginning of parent and child interaction. By understanding what to expect along the way the parent can prepare ahead and know what milestones to expect and how to identify red flags.

Medical Care

  • Locate good medical care from a pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner or health department
  • Keep recommended visits to doctor in first year of life for well-child checkups, screenings and immunizations: within first couple weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months
  • Get early identification of potential problems – slow growth or inappropriate weight for height, maltreatment, developmental delays, vision, hearing, language, acute and chronic diseases

Promoting Healthy and Safe Habits


Oral Health

  • To avoid harming a baby’s teeth, do not put him/her to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water

Parent Health

  • Get adequate rest
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Identify when you need some supports, ask, and be willing to accept help
  • Engage all family members with the baby in caregiving
  • Manage stress
  • Jenny’s Light Organization

Parent-Infant Interaction

  • Nurturing behaviors – holding, cuddling, rocking, talking, singing to your baby
  • Learning about baby and child temperament and how it affects the way the baby relates to the world; babies are unique right from birth!
  • Look for goodness of fit between infant temperament and parenting style or expectations
  • Zero to Three
  • Relationships:  The Heart of Development and Learning

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