Raising Healthy Children
We want to help you and your children to be healthy. Here are some things you can do that will benefit you and them your whole lives.
When You Need Extra Support
Child Care Coordination (CCC) is a Medicaid program that helps families get the support and services they need to raise healthy babies and children.
Here are some of the questions an MHS/NHP child care coordinator can help you with:
- When should I take my child to the doctor?
- How will I get to the doctor
- I breast-feed my baby?
- What other community services can help me?
- How can I find child care?
- How can I deal with family problems, emotional problems, alcohol or drug abuse, or other personal issues?
HealthCheck Exams for Children
The HealthCheck program covers complete health checkups for members under 21. A child may look and feel well, yet may have a health problem. Your doctor wants to see children for regular checkups, not just when they are sick.
Here is why you and your children should get a HealthCheck exam:
- To find and treat health problems early
- To let you know about the special child health care services you can receive, and
- To make you and your children eligible for some health care services not otherwise covered
- Ask your child’s primary care doctor (PCP) when your child should have his or her next HealthCheck exam
One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your children get their childhood immunizations. Immunizations help prevent serious illness. The vaccines in immunizations help people live longer and have healthier lives. They prevent diseases that can cause health problems or death.
A child can be exposed to lead from many places. If a child receives too much exposure to lead it can cause health problems. Get your young children tested for lead, even if they seem healthy.