DOH Home  >>  Family Health Services
Family Health A - Z | Reports | Important Phone Numbers  

Keeping Young Children Safe and Healthy

Birth to age five is a critical period in a child’s life. It is a time of rapid growth and development, socially and emotionally as well as physically. Establishing good health and safety practices early can help prevent injury and give children a good foundation for a healthy life.

Mandatory newborn screening programs: For some conditions, early diagnosis is so important that New Jersey requires testing in the hospital at birth. Currently this includes genetic and biochemical screening (testing) for 54 specific metabolism disorders plus hearing loss screening.

Young children also need:

  • The healthy benefits of breastfeeding and a safe sleep environment
  • Immunizations against disease
  • Nutritious food and good eating habits
  • Protection from household and neighborhood hazards
  • Early screening for lead poisoning
  • Safe child care while away from their parents

Children with Special Health Needs: For children with complex, long-term medical and developmental disabilities, prompt attention to their condition early in life helps assure they will lead healthier lives when they are older.


Videos

Prevent Lead Poisoning - lead rap, 4:08 [English]
Windows Media Player
Real Player

If You Don’t Know, Ask About Lead, 4:15 [Spanish]
Windows Media Player
Real Player

Renovating? Look Out for Lead!, 11:50 [English]
Windows Media Player

Real Player
Video Transcript



Department of Health

P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Our Locations
Privacy policy, terms of use and contact form links State Privacy Notice legal statement DOH Feedback Page New Jersey Home


OPRA- Open Public RecordAct
department: njdoh home | index by topic | programs/services
statewide:njhome | services A to Z  | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-

Last Modified: Monday, 28-Jul-14 09:38:02