January 16, 2020

Understanding Birth Defects, Risks, and Screening and Prevention Options

Whether a woman is expecting her first baby or has welcomed multiple children into the world, her pregnancy involves many considerations, from the light — such as picking a name and plotting out the perfect nursery — to the serious — such as getting recommended care and screening for birth defects. “Even with something that…

Child Development, Infant Health, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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October 24, 2019

Actions You Can Take to Help Support Your Baby’s Safe Sleep

Sudden infant death syndrome is the the number-one cause of death in babies between a month and a year old, according to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “In many, many instances, SIDS occurs because of internal causes that are impossible for anyone to control — for example, a…

Center for Healthier Communities, Infant Health, Safety, Sleep
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September 9, 2019

The Newborn Screening Program: Supporting a Healthier Start to Life

For babies born in California, one of the most important health assessments of their lives happens within two days of birth. Through the Newborn Screening Program, a division of the California Department of Public Health’s Genetic Disease Screening Program, infants are evaluated for more than 80 genetic disorders in order to support early health care…

Infant Health
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