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Your child may be eligible for free vaccines

There’s good—and not-so-good—news when it comes to childhood vaccines in the U.S., according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. By their second birthday, kids should get several shots that protect against more than a dozen diseases. The good news is that most kiddos are getting those shots on time. But the report also […]

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Is Your Child Afraid of Getting a Shot?

Original source: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?m=40958&l=1&p=&pn=#{“issue_id”:”458646″,”page”:4} Many children have a fear of needles. It’s not surprising. Most grownups dislike shots, too. But a child’s fear can often be more upsetting than the jab itself. It can make doctor visits especially stressful and take a toll on mom and dad. To ease your child’s anxiety—and your own—try the following tips: […]

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Infographic: Vaccines for infants through age 6

Original source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=069abe40-62fc-45c0-8991-0fe4fc9c4127#.W19Iu1w-dBw Getting young kids their shots at the recommended time can help keep them healthy. Click the interactive infographic below to find out if your child is up-to date on vaccines. 

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Do kids get too many shots?

Original source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=10b9ac48-77c4-487d-ae92-119b56cf7a6a#.W19H7Vw-dBw Kiddos need a lot of routine shots before their second birthday. The current schedule helps protect them (and others too) from more than a dozen diseases. But some parents worry all those vaccines might actually make their children more prone to later infection. The theory goes that exposure to multiple vaccine substances […]

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Newborns should get hepatitis B shot within hours of birth

Original source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=232a3c5b-6a7b-4841-80f9-4fde9efde796#.W19IK1w-dBw There’s been a change in the recommendation for when a baby should get that first shot, the hepatitis B vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now says infants should get the first dose of this vaccine within 24 hours of birth. Before this, parents and doctors had the option to wait until a baby’s […]

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Infographic: Sleep safety for baby

Original source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=5438101a-7ff8-4aa2-bb21-f9983918fa46#.Wp7oFFw-dBw Pillows and blankets seem like cute crib additions, but they may also make your baby’s sleep environment hazardous. Click the interactive infographic below to find out what else can make your baby’s sleep safe or unsafe.

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A risky position: Parents don’t always put babies to sleep on their backs

Original Source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=1e06ee8a-bfce-486a-bcd0-226f9976e1d8#.WphTcR3wbRZ Placing babies on their backs to sleep is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—a leading cause of death in infants. Since the early 1990s, doctors have made that message loud and clear. And their efforts have led to a significant drop in SIDS deaths. […]

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Babies benefit from their own rooms after 4 months, study says

Original Source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=905d43b0-a895-40d8-a5d9-23f8da66a795#.WphS9R3wbRZ Have you heard that babies younger than 1 year should sleep in the same room (but not in the same bed) as their parents? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends this to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death for babies between 1 and 12 months […]

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