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Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Young Children

The American Dental Association (ADA) has recently expanded its guidelines for use of fluoride toothpaste for young children. Previously, for kids under 2, the recommendation was to use water. Given that 25% of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, the new recommendations advise caregivers to brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears.

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Ward Miles – First Year

Each premature infant’s transition from birth to home is a miraculous and inspiring journey.  This seven minute video beautifully captures Ward Miles’ first year, beginning with his birth at 26 weeks of gestation.  The piece perfectly conveys some of the emotions experienced by parents during their baby’s NICU course, including the joy of going home and witnessing his ongoing growth and development. It’s well worth the watch for both parents and providers!

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Children's Dental Coverage and the Affordable Care Act

A new resource produced by Families USA with the Children’s Dental Health Project to help families understand the children’s dental benefits and how to acquire them.

This 8 page guide is user friendly and should be able to answer all of your questions regarding dental insurance. Oral health has become a much more recognized component of our overall health and is critical to get started early in childhood.

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Comforting Your Baby in Intensive Care

This web resource is a great resource for parents and providers. It is a booklet written for parents to help them learn about infant pain and the important role parents can play, in partnership with the health care team, to keep their baby comfortable during intensive care. It is available for no cost, in English and Spanish, both as a PDF or iBook. For more information and to download your copy go to their website.

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National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) Coalition was founded in 1981 with the goal of improving quality and reach of public and professional education related to prenatal and infant care. Today, they are a national leader and resource in maternal child health. Using social media, they provide information for families and providers. The HMHB mission is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies and families through educational materials and collaborative partnerships.

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NICU Journal:
A Parents’ Journey

Tab 7: Glossary of NICU Terms

The last section of the “NICU Journal” is a comprehensive glossary of NICU terms that includes both medical and colloquial words you may hear in the NICU. The section is organized in alphabetical order with short, concise definitions.

Tab 1: Getting to Know Your Baby »
Tab 2: Journaling »
Tab 3: Taking Care of You »
Tab 4: Journey Home »
Tab 5: Developmental Milestones »
Tab 6: Common Conditions, Concerns, and Equipment in the NICU »
Tab 7: Comprehensive Glossary of NICU terms »

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