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Military Children's Health Month

DoD has designated April the Month of the Military Child, since 1986, recognizing the contributions and personal sacrifices that military children make.  Additionally, it is important for our deployed service members to be reassured that their loved ones are receiving the care they need while a parent is away. 

Spotlight Image for the month of the military child. Image of healthy foods and exercise equipment with the words "Building Healthy Habits for Life."

This month, under the banner of the theme “Building Healthy Habits for Life,” we will focus on providing information to our military parents that help them support resiliency in their children, alert them to programs the MHS offers to improve children’s health and fitness and provide tools to help parents teach kids how to “take command” of their own health and fitness by adopting healthy habits. We will also recognize the important role military children play in helping our service members achieve their mission by contributing to the strength of the military family.

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DHA ‘delivers’ nurses for babies

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4/16/2019
Air Force Col. Michelle Aastrom, 81st Inpatient Operation Squadron commander, discusses the intensive care unit capabilities with Army Maj. Gen. Ronald Place, Defense Health Agency, director, for the National Capital Region Medical Directorate and Transition Intermediate Management Organization, during an immersion tour inside the Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, recently. The purpose of Place's two-day visit was to become more familiar with the medical center's mission capabilities and to receive the status of the 81st Medical Group's transition under DHA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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Measles vaccine protects against potentially serious illness

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4/4/2019
A Salvadoran nurse vaccinates a baby during a Task Force Northstar mission in El Salvador to provide medical care and other humanitarian and civic assistance. The mission involved U.S. military personnel working alongside their Brazilian, Canadian, Chilean, and Salvadoran counterparts. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Kim Browne)

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Elmo comes to Madigan

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4/3/2019
Sesame Street's Walkaround Elmo visited Madigan Army Medical Center families on April 1 to celebrate the seven-year anniversary of Military Kids Connect and the recent relaunch of its website. (U.S. Army photo by Ryan Graham)

Elmo began helping military kids and families with deployments and other military stressors in 2006

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Pediatric clinic works to keep children healthy

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Air Force Senior Airman Shania Stanford, 366th Medical Support Squadron pediatric clinic aerospace medical technician, checks Jude's vitals during an appointment at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The pediatric clinic takes care of Airmen and their families by ensuring the overall health of their children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Kobialka)

The pediatric clinic’s objective is to care for children from birth to the age of 18

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Brush, clean in between to build a healthy smile

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2/5/2019
Jordyn Pafford, sixth grader, receives a dental screening conducted by Capt. James Lee, a general dentist. (U.S. Army photo by Lance D. Davis)

Children who have poor oral health often miss more school

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Paying attention, knowing the signs: How teenagers can help save a life

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens, young adults

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Stopping bullying takes understanding, involvement

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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)

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Don't let the bugs bite

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

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USAISR burn flight team deploys to Guatemala

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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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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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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)

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Month of the Military Child - Eli

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For children who get concussions, brain rest is best

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