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Growing Up Healthy

In addition to regular screenings and preventive care, a child's emotional and physical wellbeing can be affected by many other issues—including those that might seem to impact only a parent. Consider talking with your pediatrician or family physician about the following concerns. If your child is old enough to see a primary care provider (PCP or pediatrician) one-on-one, encourage him or her to talk with a doctor about any health concerns.

Infant/Child Issues

  • Infant sleeping positions  
  • Car safety (car seats, airbags, seat belt use)
  • Water and boating safety
  • Gun safety
  • Home safety and child-proofing
  • Poisoning
  • Stranger awareness and safety
  • Sunscreen use
  • Activity safety (helmets, protective pads)
  • Nutrition, exercise, and physical activity
  • Content, viewing time, and use of: television, computers, video games, and movies
  • School problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Sexual abuse and child-predator awareness
  • Dental care

Parental Issues Affecting Children and Adolescents

  • Substance use/abuse (alcohol, tobacco, drugs)
  • Domestic violence or sexual abuse
  • Stress (financial, job-related, relationships)

Adolescent Issues

  • Car safety (seat belt use, drinking and driving)
  • Gun safety
  • Sunscreen use
  • Athletic and activity safety (helmets, protective pads)
  • Substance use/abuse (alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, and other drugs)
  • Sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, contraception
  • Nutrition, weight control, physical activity, eating disorders
  • Content, viewing time, and use of: television, computers, video games, and movies
  • Healthy relationships (peer pressure, behavioral problems, sexual pressure)
  • Sexual abuse and child-predator awareness
  • School problems, depression, isolation
  • Home-alone safety and job safety
  • Risks associated with tattooing and body piercing
  • Dental care

If your child is old enough to see a primary care PCP, encourage him or her to talk with a doctor about any health concerns.