New Parents Network

The following is a list of all the articles we have collected

Drowning prevention

In Arizona, drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths of children under age 4. This underscores the need for caution around pools, or any body of water, including bathtubs and buckets especially when infants and toddlers are present.

Preventing mental health problems - tips for parents

ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS/HER BEHAVIOR. We do not control others. We can only influence others to want to change their behavior.

ESTABLISH AN ATMOSPHERE OF MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR CHILD. Children respond more positively when adults are consistent, honest, open and supportive.

DETERMINE THE BEHAVIOR OR EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE BEFORE AND AFTER UNWANTED OR UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIORS. It is important to identify the things in the environment which set off or positively reinforce the childŸ??s inappropriate behavior.

Mental Health Association of Arizona

Consumer Services

These programs provide information, referral, socialization and friendship opportunities for persons with a serious mental illness as well as homeless children. Implemented by trained volunteers, these programs prevent depression, suicide and hospitalization while encouraging independence.

* Information & Referral
* Compeer (mentoring for adults)
* Peer Support Groups

Protect your family from lead in your home

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Washington, DC 20460

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, DC 20207

Simple Steps To Protect Your Family From Lead Hazards

If you think your home has high levels of lead:

* Get your young children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy.

* Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.

* Make sure children eat healthy, low-fat foods.

* Get your home checked for lead hazards.

* Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.

Wildcats Advocating Literacy for Kids - Storytime Around the World - free literacy program that is fun

A free University of Arizona Bookstore program to help introduce young children to reading, by spotlighting various countries and authors who read to children.

Examples of countries and characters represented are:

Argentina / UA Poetry Center
Clifford / Character Visit
Berenstain Bears / Character Visit
Mama and Papa Berenstain Bears / Character Visit
New Zealand

Newborn screening - disease and hearing screening for newborns

Office of Women's and Children's Health
Newborn Screening

What is the.... Newborn Screening Program?
The goal of the Newborn Screening Program is to identify and help Arizona babies who have certain rare, inherited diseases or hearing loss. A newborn may appear healthy, but still have a serious disease that cannot be seen. Fortunately, most babies are healthy when they are born. When a baby has certain rare health problems, we can help prevent serious results like mental retardation or death if the problem is found early.