Children & Teens
Protecting the health and wellbeing of your children and teaching them to be advocates of their health is one of the most important things you can do. Parents are a child's first teacher and teaching your children about leading a healthy life should start early. Learning about the health topics that affect your child at different stages can be challenging but it is essential; and you don't have to do it alone.
We are here to provide current, evidence-based health information so you are equipped to make the best possible health decision for your child and then with your child as they age. If you have questions about why immunizations are so vital or about what your child should be eating, you can find helpful resources here.
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National Birth Defects Prevention Month
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Birth defects, or congenital anomalies, affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States and are a leading cause of babies dying. Infants who survive and live with birth defects are at increased risk for developing many lifelong physical, cognitive, and social challenges. Medical care and support services only scrape the surface of the financial and emotional impact of living with birth defects.
Birth Defects are:
- Common: One in 33 U.S. babies is born with a major birth defect each year.
- Costly: The yearly hospital costs for birth defects exceed $2.6 billion.
- Critical: 1 in 5 infant deaths is due to birth defects, making them a leading cause of infant mortality.
Additional Information about Birth Defects
- Arizona Birth Defects Monitoring Program
- A New Diagnosis: What Do I Do Now?
- Birth Defects Prevention Month Proclamation
Healthy women have healthier babies! Not all birth defects can be prevented, but there are some keys to reducing the risk. Women of child bearing age can reduce their risk by:
- Taking 400 mcg of folic acid every day.
- Staying up-to-date on immunizations.
- Getting regular medical checkups and knowing family history.
- Not smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke.
- Avoiding alcohol and other drugs.
Additional Birth Defects Prevention Resources
- Arizona Smoker’s Helpline
- CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- CDC Preconception Health and Health Care
- Center for Hope: Services for pregnant women with substance abuse and behavioral health conditions
- Family Planning and Birth Spacing Information
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention and Treatment
- National Birth Defects Prevention Network
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Preconception Health Materials
- Project Quit