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Children's Health

Some say that military children serve alongside their service member parent(s). We recognize the important role military children play in helping our soldiers achieve their mission by contributing to the strength of the military family. Specifically, we will look at the various programs the MHS has to improve the health and fitness of military children.

Learn more about your child's health coverage on the TRICARE Website. Some hot topics include:

Stages of Life

Resources for Military Children

In support of military children, the DoD partners with outside organizations to address the needs of military families and children worldwide.

Military Kids Connect

Find military culture educator in-service training materials on the T2Health Website.

Sesame Street for Military Families

Family Resilience Kits

Offers materials designed to:

  • Educate family members on how to cope with the stress of deployment
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Reconnect with children and access behavioral health services provided by the DoD or VA
  • Learn More About Family Resilience Kits »

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Stopping bullying takes understanding, involvement

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9/7/2018
Children can experience social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression as a result of bullying. From the Stop Bullying campaign to Military OneSource, resources are available to help parents and their families identify and address bullying (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Bullying can leave visible and invisible wounds and have lasting effects on children and teenagers. Signs of the behavior can vary, and bullying others and being bullied are not mutually exclusive, experts say.

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Don't let the bugs bite

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8/2/2018
Using an insect repellent spray can be an important measure in guarding against bites from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes this summer.

Most parents do a good job of protecting their kids from the sun, but they also need to consider why it's important to guard against potentially harmful insect bites and stings

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USAISR burn flight team deploys to Guatemala

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7/6/2018
Army Capt. Argelia Felix-Camacho, a critical care nurse at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center and member of the USAISR Burn Center Burn Flight Team comforts a patient in Guatemala before a flight to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Corenthia Fennell)

The patients -- all children needing specialized treatment -- and the teamwork between the Army and Air Force ensured the patients' safe transport from Guatemala to the U.S.

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New simulator preps WBAMC staff for OB emergencies

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5/1/2018
Regina Vadney, nurse midwife, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, evaluates a medical manikin using WBAMC's new simulation system which provides cutting-edge training to medical staff during a simulated postpartum hemorrhage scenario. The new simulation system aims to increase communication, and improve interdisciplinary and clinical performance of staff when treating obstetric emergencies. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The state-of-the-art simulator provides medical staff up to various cutting-edge training scenarios

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Ear infections common problem among children – and it’s not one to ignore

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4/27/2018
Air Force Capt. Michael Guindon, 374th Medical Group pediatrician, examines a young patient’s ear at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Odds are, your child will suffer an ear infection by age three. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

An ear infection is one of the most common reasons children visit a doctor

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Does your child have food allergies?

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4/25/2018
Air Force Senior Airman Catherine Settles, 633rd Medical Group aerospace medical technician, numbers a baby’s back to record which allergen will be applied for a skin prick test at U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley, Virginia. The allergy clinic also conducts skin patch and oral challenge tests to identify a patient’s allergies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill)

Symptoms, history can help doctors – and parents – identify

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Month of the Military Child - Eli

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4/24/2018
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In recognition of Month of the Military Child, listen to 14-year-old Army military kid Eli share advice about how to cope with a parent’s deployment.

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For children who get concussions, brain rest is best

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4/19/2018
Christian Macias runs in a combat fitness test modified for children at a “bring your child to work day” event at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. (U.S. Marine Corp photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)

Most recover fully, but it may take longer to heal

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Month of the Military Child - Ava

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4/17/2018
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“I would tell other Military Kids to not worry and just be excited to see their parent once again.” Check out how Ava, a U.S. Army kid, counts down the days to her dad’s return from deployment.

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Twitter chat: How strong is your child's disease shield?

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4/12/2018
The childhood immunization schedule is perhaps the most important tool we have in preventing and eliminating diseases according to Air Force Col. Tonya Rans, chief of the DHA’s Immunization Healthcare Branch. (MHS graphic)

DHA experts answer immunization questions on April 18

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Month of the Military Child - Joe

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4/10/2018
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Joe, a Coast Guard #MilKid, talks about how moving is like a rollercoaster. “One thing to consider is that you’ll still have your family with you. You’re always going to be with someone, and that’s what matters.”

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Military Kids Connect shares new resources to support our youngest heroes

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4/5/2018
This month the MHS will focus on the health of the more than 2 million military children in the United States and overseas

It’s important to recognize and celebrate the resilience of America’s military kids

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2018 Month of the Military Child - Grace

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4/4/2018
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In celebration of Month of the Military Child, 13-year-old Grace talks about moving and how she finds opportunities to remember the good things about where she'd lived before.

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For Military Children's Health Month, focus on cyberfitness

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4/2/2018
Servio Medina is acting chief of the Defense Health Agency’s Cyber Security Division Policy Branch. (Courtesy photo)

Well-being goes beyond vaccines, regular checkups

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Parents and doctors watch over a tiny heart

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3/19/2018
Hudson Moore, son of Army Sgt. Shane Moore and his wife Dionna, is a survivor of four heart surgeries, cardiac arrest, cancer, and many other medical complications. Today he is attending pre-K with a routine daily life after spending most of his baby years in and out of the hospital. (Courtesy Photo)

A military family’s rocky medical road with congenital heart disease

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