10 Steps to a Healthy Baby

Infant mortality rates for African Americans are more than double that of the United States as a whole. That’s more than 7,500 infant deaths per year. The following 10 steps are helpful to ensure the health of your baby:

  • • Get a checkup to identify high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, seizures and thyroid disease.
  • • Make and keep your prenatal care appointments.
  • • Take prenatal vitamins with folic acid (a B vitamin) every day. Folic acid helps to prevent birth defects.
  • • Don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. They will harm you and your baby.
  • • Eat a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy weight.
  • • Put your baby to sleep on her back EVERY TIME to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • • Avoid using soft objects, stuffed toys, loose bedding and blankets in the crib.
  • • Give your baby breast milk. Breast is Best!
  • • Keep your baby’s shots current and keep your well-baby appointments.
  • • Follow your doctor’s recommendations