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Parenting: Infants and Toddlers

From pregnancy to parenting, find helpful resources, pediatric health care information and expert advice to help guide you every step in your journey.

Being a parent or planning to become a parent is a joyous experience, but it also comes with many questions and challenges. No matter where you are in your journey, we are here to help. Whether you are still considering a baby, are currently pregnant, experiencing pregnancy challenges or adjusting to life with a newborn, we are available to serve you.

Tips and information on pregnancy and parenting

Keeping Kids Safe in the Sun

Unprotected exposure to the sun poses risks of skin damage, eye problems and other health concerns for children. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., provides tips for keeping kids safe in the sun.

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The Benefits of Playing with your Child

Neonatologist Jennifer Arnold, M.D., talks about why play is important for babies and how it can help their cognitive development.

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Teaching Your Child How to Swallow a Pill

Learning to swallow pills is a skill, just like learning to ride a bike or write your name for the first time. Child Life education specialist Katie Grabowski, M.S., CCLS, offers tips for parents on helping children learn to swallow a pill.

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Health Apps

Sometimes, you need quick health care information to help determine how to best care for your sick or injured child. Check your child's symptoms and find reliable health care information that can help you make informed decisions about your child's care.

Pocket Doc

Pocket Doc is a Johns Hopkins All Children’s app that offers reliable health care information at home or on the go.

 

Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker allows users to select a body area related to your child's symptom and provides health recommendations and resources.

 

Resources

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides resources to help parents every step of the way. From high-risk pregnancy to breastfeeding to newborn safe sleep questions, our team can provide the expertise to help put you at ease. 

Breastfeeding for the First Year

Breastfeeding provides benefits to both moms and babies but can sometimes be challenging. For those families who breastfeed, the experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provide helpful tips and advice for the first year.  

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High-Risk Pregnancy

If you're an expectant mother experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, you and your baby may require specialized care. Find information on fetal care and neonatal programs and specialists who can provide expert evaluation, monitoring and advanced treatment when you need it. 

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Safe Sleep

Setting up a good sleep environment with babies in their own crib on their back, and having consistent routines will help your child sleep and put your mind to rest. Find tips and information on how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby.  

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Understanding Flat Head Syndrome

Parents who notice a flat spot on their baby's head should discuss the issue with their pediatrician. Find information on positional plagiocephaly (flat head), how to avoid torticollis (tightening of the neck muscles) and when to contact your child's pediatrician.

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Helpful Phone Numbers

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Car Seat Hotline: 727-767-7835
Florida Suncoast SAFE KIDS: 727-767-8581
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital: 727-898-7451