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At First 5 LA, we want to help families grow and learn! Fun ways to raise healthy and safe children are just a click away.

And we're not just sharing studies and policy-driven news items -- most of what you will find here in our Parents and Family section is written by parents, for parents. From topical tips to ways to care for yourself and your child -- and not to mention ways to learn while having fun together -- click around and explore!

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Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity
Before you fill that next prescription of antibiotics for a young child, you may want to think twice. A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics reports...

Covered California Open Enrollment Has Started
First 5 LA wants to make sure that uninsured children; families; and school, early-learning, and after-school staff get covered. But we need your help...

National Immunization Awareness Month
As summer winds down, many families try to fit in that last minute vacation or get ready for back to school. Vaccinations are usually the last thing...

Allergies and the Classroom: A Back-to-School Primer
Parents of kids with allergies or asthma need to be prepared for sending their children back to school. The classroom can be full of triggers for kids...

Child Development 101: How to Help Infants and Toddlers Cope With Stress
By Marian Williams, clinical psychologist and lead of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Eighteen...

Preschooler Depression Can Have Lasting Impact
When you think about the typical child under the age of 5, it's common to imagine a playful boy or girl running around, sharing a laugh with...

No More Eyesore
Of children ages 3 to 5, close to one in 20 has a problem that could result in permanent vision loss if left untreated. The American Academy of...

Car Child Seat Recall Prompts Concern for Caregivers to Take Action
Responding to a flood of consumer complaints that certain Graco buckles were sticking, with the unlatchable buckle forcing at least 53 consumers to...

Healthy Families Transition
Background:In June 2012, Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature approved the elimination of the state's Healthy Families program...

Public Health Chief Answers Questions About Virus That Can Affect Children
With four cases of a virus that can cause severe respiratory illness in children recently reported in California, parents and medical professionals...

Summer Heat, Cars and Distraction – A Serious Threat to Children
No one thinks they could ever be responsible for leaving their child in a car to die in the heat of summer. But sometimes - too often - the...

Kids in Low-Income Homes Fare Better in Kindergarten if Moms Work When They Are Babies, Study Says
Kindergarteners from lower-income families who were babies when their mothers went to work outside the home fare as well as or even better than...

Food For Thought
A nutrition education program in low-income child care centers can improve a child's at-home consumption of vegetables and low-fat/fat-free milk...

Midwifery: Increasingly Important Today
Every year, nearly 300,000 women die during pregnancy, childbirth, or soon thereafter. Around 2.9 million infants die in the first month of life...

Ride On!
Thousands of adults and children from throughout Los Angeles County recently cycled for fun and fitness at the 14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride...

Child Development 101: TV or Not TV?
In a recent study, researchers observed what happens if youngsters receive a healthier "diet" of TV programming to reduce aggressive...

California Teen Births in Decline
After working two jobs and going to school full-time over the last few years, 22-year-old Evelyn Batres of Pacoima says she has finally achieved one...

Fertility Factor
Medical researchers have long warned of the cardiovascular risks associated with unhealthy levels of cholesterol. Now a new study says that high...

Go Fish
If you're pregnant, you've no doubt been given a list of foods to avoid - undercooked meat, soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, and...

Does Day Care Harm or Help Child’s Learning?
Does day care harm or help your child's learning development? If you're a single mom it can do both, depending on your level of education...
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