For Parents

Parenting Guidance


Health and safety information from your pediatricians


Infant health 

  • Please seek medical care if your baby is under 2 months old and has a                                                 temperature of 100.4 F or over.
  • When possible, avoid sick people when your child is under two months of age.


Safe Sleeping (infants)

  • Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
  • It is safest for babies to sleep in a crib in your room, but not in your bed.
  • Make sure the baby’s bed has a firm mattress and a tight sheet.
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib (bumpers, pillows, comforters).


Car Safety

  • Children should use a rear-facing safety seat until age 2.
  • Children should use a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old and 4’9″ tall.
  • Children should ride in the back seat of the car until they are 13 years old.         


Dental Health

  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day and see a dentist two times a year.
  • Bring your child to the dentist at age 3 or younger.
  • Use a small amount of fluorinated toothpaste for children of all ages.
  • Please stop using bottles by 15 months of age.
  • Do not give a bottle in bed.
  • Have regular times for your toddler to eat, please do not let them drink milk or juice constantly throughout the day.                                      


General Safety

  • Set the water heater so the temperature is 120 F or below.
  • Do not use a baby walker.
  • The poison control number is 1-800-222-1222.
  •  Keep medications, cleaning supplies, and poisons locked away.
  •  Make sure both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have working batteries (check monthly).
  •  Test the stability of large pieces of furniture such as bookshelves.
  •  Anchor these larger pieces of furniture to the wall.
  •  Place safety plugs (that are not chocking hazards) in all unused electrical outlets.                             


Gun Safety

  • If it is necessary to have a gun in the home, please store it unloaded and locked with the ammunition separate from the gun.
  • If your child plays in other homes, please ask if guns are present and how they are stored.                           


Feeding your infant/child

  • Do not give your child honey until they are over 1 year of age.


Safety Outside the Home

  • Make sure your child has a properly fitting helmet.
  • Children should wear a helmet each time they ride a bicycle, skateboard, ski, skate, or snowboard.