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Interacting with your baby has a lasting impact

The way you interact with your baby has a lasting impact on the development of the emotional and social parts of her brain. By being warm, loving, and responsive, you teach your baby healthy ways to learn, think, feel, and behave.

Hold and cuddle your baby every chance you have. It gives your baby a sense of warmth and security that they need to develop.

  • Babies love to watch your face, listen to you talk, read, and sing. This also promotes their brain development.
  • Respond to your baby’s cues and clues. Facial expressions and crying are the only way your baby can communicate with you.
  • Your baby cries for many reasons, but never to make you angry.
  • Your can't spoil your baby. A baby who receives quick, caring attention when they cry will learn to trust her caregivers, cry less, and sleep more.
  • Babies cannot yet tell wrong from right. They should never be disciplined.
  • Taking good care of yourself helps you take good care of your baby.

Caring for a baby can sometimes be frustrating. If you feel angry at your baby, you need some time alone. Take a few deep breaths. Make sure the baby is safe, perhaps lying on her back in her crib, then leave the room. Ask for help from your partner, or phone a friend or family member. You could also call your doctor, midwife, or public health nurse for help.

Never hit or shake your baby. These actions can cause serious, long-lasting brain damage or even death. If you think you may have harmed your baby, seek immediate medical attention by calling 911.

Parenting education and support services

Our health promotion and prevention services are provided by a team of professionals committed to the health and well-being of communities at your local public health unit throughout Interior Health. Among them are public health nurses, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, community nutritionists, tobacco reduction coordinators, dental hygienists and others who provide community based services with a population health focus. These services focus on health screening, health assessment, referral, early treatment, and building public health capacity through community development and strategic partnering.

Health matters online

An e-newsletter for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers up to age two. Get the latest tips on topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition, child proofing your home, immunizations and much more. Send us an email and request to receive the newsletter.  View past issues - found under "For the general public".

Where are services offered?

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