After the arrival of your baby, we send out a Welcome Baby Gift Packet that includes a growth chart, a baby's bib and more! As your child continues to grow, his or her health care needs will change. With this in mind, we've included helpful links to the current preventive and immunization recommendations including other sites as resources for parents.
Preventive care services such as well baby visits and immunizations are part of your medical plan, at no additional cost to you!
Well baby visits give you and your doctor the opportunity to discuss your child's developmental milestones and healthy habits for you and your child. Well baby visits include a thorough physical exam and can identify many health issues before they become serious. Physical exams are completed at birth and are recommended when your baby is between three to five days old. Thereafter, exams are recommended at the one, two four, six, nine, 12, 15, 18 and 24 months.
For more information, view WHA's Preventive Health Guidelines.
Vaccines boost children's immune systems and are one of the best ways you can protect your child from serious infections and diseases. Help protect your child by ensuring they are up-to-date on their immunizations. If you child has received any immunizations from another doctor, remember to bring a copy of the Immunization Record with you to your next visit. Your child's doctor can answer any questions you may have about vaccinations.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following immunization for infants to 2 year olds.
There are a number of activities you can do with your child to help develop their motor skills, muscle strength, social and emotional growth and much more. The California Children and Families Commission has developed some great activities with simple “how to” instructions and their developmental benefits for your baby. Go to First 5 California and explore their website. You’ll find great activities you can do with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Make sure your baby’s crib meets current safety standards.
Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least one year old.
Make sure your child’s changing table is safe, with a sturdy changing surface and a two-inch guardrail around all sides.
Use baby gates or fences to control your child’s access to a staircase.
Never leave children and pets together unattended.
Secure your flat-screen TV or monitor to a wall or cabinet.
Fence off your fireplace entirely when it is in use.
Never leave your child alone in the bathtub, or any water – not even for a second.
Use electrical outlet plugs to make your electric outlets safer.
Identify sharp edges in your living area, such as the corners of tables, and soften them up with padding.
Use pinch guards to protect young children from getting their fingers caught in a door.
Last review date: February 11, 2019
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