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Infant Care and Infant Health: For Researchers and Health Care Providers

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  • American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD): Guideline on Infant Oral Health Care External Web Site Policy (PDF - 66 KB)
    In this document, updated in 2011, the AAPD proposes recommendations for preventive strategies, risk assessment of oral health, anticipatory guidance, and therapeutic interventions to be followed by dental, medical, nursing, and allied health professional programs.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Guidelines for Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Reduction External Web Site Policy
    This 2011 report updates the AAP's recommendations for further reducing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths of infants.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Policy Statement on Circumcision External Web Site Policy
    This statement discusses the benefits and risks of circumcision as well as other factors to consider when discussing the procedure with families. It recommends use of procedural analgesia if circumcision is performed.
  • Child Health USA 2011
    This report of the Health Resources and Services Administration (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is the 21st annual statistical report to highlight the health status and service needs of America's children. It provides data to practitioners of child health to assist them in planning, developing, and implementing effective programs to meet public health challenges related specifically to children. The report contains easy-to-access graphs and charts summarizing significant indicators of children's health status and offers statistics, figures, and references.
  • Datasets from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD)
    The SECCYD is a comprehensive longitudinal study initiated by the NICHD in 1991 to answer questions about the relationships between child care experiences, characteristics of child care, and children's developmental outcomes. Qualified researchers may apply to use the datasets.
  • Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies External Web Site Policy
    This report by the Institute of Medicine reviews factors related to overweight and obesity among children from birth to age 5 years, with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behavior. It recommends policies that can alter children's environments to promote the maintenance of healthy weight. The first years of life are important to health status and well-being throughout the life span, and preventing obesity in infants and young children can contribute to reversing the epidemic of obesity in children and adults.
  • NICHD, Continuing Education Program on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction: Curriculum for Nurses
    Knowing SIDS risk-reduction techniques and how to communicate effectively with parents and other caregivers about this problem can help nurses make a difference in just a few minutes. This free continuing education (CE) program on reduction of the risk of SIDS offers 1.1 CE credit hours from the Maryland Nurses Association.
  • NICHD, Healthy Native Babies Training Resource (PDF - 3.59 MB)
    The information and materials created for the Healthy Native Babies Project were crafted and revised with the feedback of American Indian/Alaska Native community members, who used the messages at numerous trainings held in U.S. Northern Tier communities. The aim of this resource is preventing SIDS in American Indian/Alaska Native communities
  • NICHD, SIDS Risk Reduction: Continuing Education for Pharmacists
    This free CE activity, developed by the NICHD and its pharmacist partners, explains the latest research on SIDS and SIDS risk reduction and outlines how pharmacists can help spread safe- sleep messages to parents and caregivers in just a few minutes. By completing this course, pharmacists can earn 0.125 CE units from the Maryland Pharmacy CE Coordinating Council.
  • NIH Fact Sheet: Infant Health (PDF - 412KB)
    This two-pager published in 2010 highlights some of the transformative research developments made possible through NIH that have improved outcomes for infants. It also outlines some of the challenges ahead.

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Last Updated Date: 06/24/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 04/12/2013
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