New Parents Network

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

The importance of fathers in the healthy development of children

A noted sociologist, Dr. David Popenoe, is one of the pioneers of the relatively young field of research into fathers and fatherhood. “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home,” he says. “Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.”6 Fathers have a direct impact on the well-being of their children.

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.  

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

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.

Safety tip from SafeKids Worldwide - decorate safely for the holidays

Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards, and Safe Kids reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza and other winter festivities.

Never, never leave lit candles unattended! Don't put candles on a Christmas tree or a natural wreath, or near curtains or drapes. Keep matches and lighters locked out of reach. In 2002, candles started 18,000 home fires in the United States and caused 130 deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association .

Do not give aspirin or aspirin containing medicines to children under 19

What is the Role of Aspirin?

Epidemiological research has shown an association between the development of Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin (a salicylate compound) for treating the symptoms of influenza-like illnesses, chicken pox, colds, etc. The U.S. Surgeon General, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics  recommend that aspirin and combination products containing aspirin not be given to children under 19 years of age during episodes of fever-causing illnesses.