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Salud de los niños en MPC

En Maryland Physicians Care brindamos servicios para ayudar a los niños a crecer sanos y felices. Los servicios que recibirán nuestros miembros dependerán de la edad del niño y del programa en el que esté inscripto. En estas secciones encontrará la información necesaria para seguir todos los pasos importantes en el desarrollo del niño. Para más detalles consulte el Manual para miembros.

La buena noticia es que el envenenamiento por plomo en la infancia es 100% prevenible.

CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is working across government programs to teach healthcare providers, parents, educators, and others how to track developmental milestones in children under five who have documented lead exposure―and how to act early if there is a concern.

Sources of Lead

Lead can be found throughout a child’s environment:

  • Homes built before 1978 probably contain lead-based paint. When the paint peels and cracks, it makes lead dust. Children can be poisoned when they swallow or breathe in lead dust.
  • Certain water pipes may contain lead
  • Some toys and jewelry
  • Candies imported from other countries or traditional home remedies.
  • Certain jobs and hobbies involve working with lead-based products, like stained glasswork, and may cause parents to bring lead into the home.
  • Children who live near airports may be exposed to lead in air and soil from aviation gas.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

The goal is to prevent childhood lead exposure before any harm occurs:

  • Primary prevention: Remove lead hazards before a child is exposed. This is the best way to make sure that children are not exposed to harmful lead.
  • Secondary prevention – Blood lead testing and follow-up.

Puede usar este libro para colorear sobre la prevención de la intoxicación por plomo para hablar con los niños sobre los posibles peligros dentro y alrededor del hogar.

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Shots and Immunizations

Shots are important throughout childhood to keep your child healthy. Immunizations (or shots) help protect your child from many diseases like measles and chickenpox. Your child should receive shots regularly at their check-ups.

Shots are carefully tested to make sure they are safe and effective. Check with your child’s doctor to see if and when your child needs shots. This link from the CDC can help you understand what shots your child should get at certain ages.

Use this Prevent Lead Poisoning Coloring Book to talk to young children about potential dangers in and around the house.

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Well-Child Checkups

Children grow and change quickly. Your child must regularly visit a primary care provider (PCP), even when they are not sick. These visits are called well-child checkups.

We offer well-child checkups for children from birth up to age 21 as a covered benefit for our members.

During a well-child checkup, your child’s PCP:

  • Does a complete physical exam
  • Checks mental development
  • Checks your child’s growth and nutrition
  • Checks your child’s vision, hearing, and teeth
  • Gives shots as needed
  • Orders lab work (for example, a blood test) as needed
  • Gives you and your child information about your child’s health

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The Benefits of Well-Child Checkups:

  • Prevention: Your child gets scheduled immunizations (shots) to prevent illness. You can also use these visits to ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and school.
  • Tracking Growth and Development: See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit and talk with your doctor about your child’s development. You can discuss your child’s milestones, social behaviors, and learning.
  • Raising Concerns: Make a list of topics you want to discuss with your child’s pediatrician, such as development, behavior, sleep, eating, or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.
  • Team Approach: Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among the pediatrician, parent, and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental, and social health of a child.

Nutrición infantil

Una buena nutrición es fundamental en los primeros años de vida para un excelente desarrollo y crecimiento. Visite la página web de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) para saber más sobre alimentos y bebidas saludables para su infante o bebé (hasta los 24 meses).

En los últimos veinte años, el porcentaje de niños obesos en Estados Unidos ha aumentado. Uno de cada cinco (20%) niños y adolescentes americanos es obeso. Para ayudar a mantener un peso ideal en niños, los CDC han creado una lista de consejos y herramientas para padres.

Prevención de intoxicación

More than 1 million American children younger than six years old are poisoned every year. Children that young may try to sample items even if they taste bad. Some of the things could be cleaning supplies. The CDC has created this resource to help keep kids safe from poisoning.

These steps can help reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in your home:

  • Store items like medicines, cleaners, paints, and pesticides out of sight and reach of children. The best place is a locked cabinet, above and out of reach of children.
  • If you keep harmful products in cabinets a child can reach, put safety latches on the doors. Unsafe household products are bleach, oven cleaner, dishwasher products, art supplies, and alcohol.
  • When you’re using a poisonous product, put it in a safe place before you answer the phone or the door.
  • Buy medicines in child-resistant packaging and keep them in their original containers. Don’t keep old medicines in your house; get rid of them. To learn how to throw away medicines safely, go to, and type “safe disposal of medicines” in the search box.
  • Never refer to medicines as candy and try not to take your medication in front of small children as they may try to mimic you later.
  • Be aware of items in a handbag that could be poisonous, such as makeup and medicines—store handbags out of reach of kids and small children.

If you think a child may have been poisoned, call the nationwide poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If he or she is not breathing or has collapsed, call 911.

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