How to protect babies’ brains

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Learning to find calming alternatives is important to calming an infants crying. (File photo)

Learning to find calming alternatives is important to calming an infants crying. (File photo)

Awareness is growing for  safe handling of infants

TRICARE
News Release
Parents are the first line of defense in preventing brain injury in their children.
Many parents are aware that the use of sports helmets for school-age children and adolescents can prevent concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Parents of infants and toddlers also need to know that they can prevent TBI by practicing, “never shake your baby.”

Unfortunately, some parents and their family members may not be aware that shaking a baby can cause drowsiness, poor feeding, vomiting, irritability, head swelling and death.

TRICARE wants to remind parents to “never shake your baby” and encourage them to find calming alternatives that can help them during an infant’s first month of life and when crying peaks.

Education
The American Academy of Pediatricians encourages health care workers to educate parents on the safe handling and care of children in order to give them a great start in its pamphlet “Bright Futures.”

Primary Care Clinics and the New Parent Support Program (NPSP) partner with parents, on and off installations, to use safe infant care techniques.

The NPSP is a voluntary program for parents and children from birth to 3 years old. Parents can refer themselves by calling the NPSP in their military treatment facility. Also, military or civilian agencies and TRICARE providers may facilitate a self-referral to NPSP at the parent’s request.

Military parents can protect their children from health injuries early on by practicing “never shake a baby” and by partnering with their primary care manager and the NPSP.

Online
For more information on caring for your child, visit these sites:
•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/family/parentabc/ and
•Children’s health care coverage at www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/WellChildCare.aspx.

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