Child Health

Importance of Well-Child Visits

The importance of well-child preventive visits are invaluable in order to help your child grow healthy and strong. Regular well-child visits are an opportunity to build trust and communication between parents and their child’s pediatrician.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Bright Futures have outlined guidelines considered to be the gold standard for pediatric care. Knowing what to expect and what questions to ask is a crucial part to every well-child visit from infancy through adolescence.
 
For more information, please:
Click here to prepare questions and consider topics for discussion during your child’s well visits.
 
Click here for the AAP recommended Preventive Pediatric Health Care Schedule.   

Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

It is a time to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. 

What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

  • Physical abuse – an injury to a child that is not an accident and may include: hitting, punching, beating, burning, biting, kicking, cutting, shaking, or any action that physically harms a child.
  • Emotional abuse – maltreatment of a child that may involve criticizing, insulting, yelling, swearing, manipulating, rejecting, or withholding love.
  • Sexual abuse – any sexual activity with a child, including exhibitionism, photographs or videos, pornography, prostitution, fondling, or rape.
  • Neglect – failure to provide for a child’s basic physical, emotional, medical, or educational needs.

Who Abuses Children?

Most often the abuser is someone the child knows, such as a parent, relative, neighbor, or friend of the family.

Where Does Child Abuse Happen?

Child abuse happens wherever children are, where they live, sleep, learn, or play.

How Often Does Child Abuse Occur?

Each year, close to 3 million reports of suspected abuse are filed in the United States. Many more cases never get reported. One victim of child abuse is one too many!

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and to promote prevention across the country.
For More information: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/