Guide for the Care of Children

Congratulations and welcome on the arrival of your baby. Your thoughts may be swirling with questions about your baby's care. You may feel confident, happy, unsure, depressed or overwhelmed—all in the same day.

This is a time of learning for both you and your baby. Try to be patient. You and your baby are starting to know each other. When you learn your baby's sleeping, eating and crying patterns, your confidence will soar.

As your baby grows, so will your list of questions.

Diaper rash, illness, spitting up, crying, teething—they may cause you sleepless nights and anxiety. You may wonder when you should call your health care provider or visit your clinic.

This section of the website can help answer your questions about:

  • infant care
  • breastfeeding
  • well checkups
  • nutrition
  • infections
  • diseases and allergies
  • safety precautions and emergencies
  • wellness

Form and worksheets

Asthma action plan

Breastfeeding worksheet

Chart for baby's first feedings and diapers

Choosing your baby's health care provider

Home safety checklist

Allina Health immunization schedule

Immunization record worksheet

Related resources

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016

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