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CDC Health and Safety for Families

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Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. Your baby’s health and safety is the biggest responsibility you’ll face as a parent. From immunizations to doctor visits to treating tummies, learn how to prepare for any aches and pains that lie ahead. These helpful links and images from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focus on children ages zero to three and will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

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Diseases & Conditions

When your baby is sick you want answers. Find out what you need to know about common childhood diseases and conditions. The links on this page will help you learn about diseases and conditions that could affect your child. If you don’t find what you are looking for, browse all parent topics or view CDC’s A to Z index for a more detailed list of topics.

AutismBirth DefectsCommon ColdEar InfectionFluGroup B StrepJaundicePrenatal Infections …More

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Safety in the Home & Community

Keeping your baby safe is your number one concern. Get expert tips on how to keep your child safe in your home and community. You play an important role in keeping your child safe — no matter how old he or she is. The links below provide information and tools to help protect your baby and toddler from injuries and violence.

Child Passenger SafetyMedicine SafetySafety in Your HomeSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)Vaccine Safety …More

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Raising Healthy Children

 This section provides you with information that will be helpful in raising a healthy baby.

BreastfeedingInfant HealthInfant Immunization QuestionsMaternal HealthPositive Parenting Tips …More

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Milestones & Schedules

You can see a child’s development by how they play, learn, speak, and act. Parents play a critical role in their child’s development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together – playing, singing, reading, and even just talking – can make a big difference! Besides tracking your child’s growth and development, you can learn about topics such as developmental disabilities, immunization recommendations, and screening.

Child DevelopmentDevelopmental MilestonesGrowth ChartsImmunization SchedulerVaccines and Immunization Questions …More

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Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

Contact Information

Amy Stutt
Statewide Director
151 Point O Woods Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Tel: (757) 378-3177

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The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network on-site services include individualized consultation, targeted training, classroom-focused mentoring, and feedback as well as resources and materials related to increasing the quality of care provided to infants and toddlers. Click here to request on-site services online now!

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