Keeping you and your family healthy starts with regular checkups and monitoring physical and emotional development.
YOU ARE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT TEACHER
Your family’s well-being is shaped by the healthy food choices, regular exercise, and care you provide. See a doctor regularly during pregnancy, keep all health appointments and make sure your family is safe at all times.
What Can I Do?
Starting at birth, schedule and attend regular well-child visits to find and prevent health problems. Make health a part of your daily routine by exercising, sharing healthy meal times and keeping your family safe. Don’t forget about a healthy smile! Help keep teeth and gums healthy by visiting the dentist every six months, beginning at one year old or at the first tooth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a schedule of well-child care visits available online at www.HealthyChildren.org. By using this schedule, you will know when to take your child to the doctor, what to expect at each visit, questions to ask the doctor, and learn about preventive health.
HOW DO I KNOW?
If you have challenges finding insurance, doctors, or guiding your family’s health, a Community Health Advocate is available through your Hub to answer questions and work with you to strengthen your family’s wellness. Your Hub team also has a Public Health Nurse to provide health assessments, discuss options and connect you with community resources. Contact the Hub health staff by visiting your Hub or by calling 1-833-332-4827.
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you are, the healthier you and your family will be. Our Community Health Advocates are available through your Community Hub to help navigate local health resources and a
Public Health Nurse is available for your questions and individual support.
Call (833) 332-4827 to get more information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I get Health Insurance?
Having health insurance is an important step to make sure you and your family are prepared. The best place to start is understanding your options. You may qualify for partial or full medical coverage for you and your family through; your employer, Medi-Cal, or Covered CA. Visit www.c4yourself.com to explore your options and see what works best for you and your family. The most important thing is to be covered.
How often should I take my child to the doctor?
Don’t wait until your child is sick to take them to the doctor; be prepared and have a regular doctor you know and trust. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you take your baby in for at least 9 checkups within the first 3 years. You can follow their schedule for well-child visits found at www.healthychildren.org but, remember, those visits don’t stop when your child enters school and regular check-ups with the doctor are an important part of health maintenance from infancy to adulthood.
How often should I take my child to the dentist?
Just like visiting the doctor, you and your family should have a regular dentist and make it a part of your annual routine visits. Just because they fall out, doesn’t make baby teeth any less important. As soon as your baby’s first tooth sprouts, begin brushing their teeth (or tooth!) twice a day and visiting the dentist every 6 months. It’s a great way to get your child comfortable with having their teeth examined, taking away some of the common fears associated with the dentist.
Where can I learn more about vaccinations for my child?
Starting as early as pregnancy, having regular immunizations is an important part of good health, from infancy through adulthood. It’s best to know the facts and a great place to start is by talking to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician about the illnesses vaccinations prevent and the risks versus benefits associated with them.
I’m pregnant or think I might be pregnant; when should I visit the doctor?
Congratulations! Visiting your general practitioner or OBGYN within the first 3 months of pregnancy is the best start for you and your baby. As soon as you think you might be pregnant, call to schedule your first visit, where your doctor will discuss first steps to a healthy pregnancy.
Who can help me with breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is one of the best starts you can give your new baby, providing key nutrition and time for mother and baby to bond. For questions and support regarding breastfeeding, talk to your OBGYN, pediatrician, a lactation consultant, WIC, Public Health Nurse, or the La Leche League. Remember, just as in pregnancy, everything that enters your body is being passed to your baby through breast milk so it’s important to continue a healthy lifestyle to give your baby the best start. Visit www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding for more information.
Where can I learn more about safety for my child at home?
You play the most important role in your child’s safety and making your home and family spaces safe for your little one goes beyond just baby-proofing drawers and light sockets, it’s a never ending job as a parent to think ahead and have a plan. Here are some helpful numbers and resources to consider: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs
Where can I get more information on health for my adolescent or teen?
The challenges of parenting change as your child grows and enter each new phase of life. Talk with your doctor about how to encourage your adolescent or teen to take an active role in their own health, teaching them key life skills that will carry them into a healthy start as an adult.
I think I just need someone to talk to. What type of counseling or support groups are available?
Being pregnant and being a parent, comes with a lot of challenges and can feel overwhelming at times. This is completely normal and finding trusted people to talk to is one of the best things you can do for you and your family. Remember, healthy relationships also impact the health of your family so consider what relationships may be a positive force in your life and which may be negative and adding stress. Here are a few resources to consider:
Infant Parent Center (530) 676-2899
New Morning Youth and Family (530) 622-5551
South Lake Tahoe: A Balanced Life (530)544-1748
South Lake Tahoe: Live Violence Free, Office (530) 544-2118
24-hour crisis hotline (530) 544-4444