Partnering with Parents to Prevent Pediatric Brain Injury 3/24/2015 Parents are the first line of defense in preventing brain injury in their children. Many parents are aware that the use of sports helmets for school age children and adolescents can prevent concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Parents of infants and toddlers also need to know that they can prevent TBI by practicing, " <http://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/never-shake-your-baby.aspx> Never shake your baby." Unfortunately, some parents and their family members may not be aware that shaking a baby can cause drowsiness, poor feeding, vomiting, irritability, head swelling, and death. TRICARE wants to remind you to "never shake your baby," and encourage you to find calming alternatives that can help parents during an infant's first month of life and when crying peaks. The American Academy of Pediatricians encourages health care workers to educate parents on the safe handling and care of children in order to give them a great start in their pamphlet <http://brightfutures.aap.org/pdfs/guidelines_pdf/1-bf-introduction.pdf> Bright Futures. Primary Care Clinics and the New Parent Support Program (NPSP) partner with parents on and off installations to use safe infant care techniques. The NPSP is a voluntary program for parents and children from birth to three years old. Parents can refer themselves by calling the NPSP in their military treatment facility. Also, military or civilian agencies and TRICARE providers may facilitate a self-referral to NPSP at the parent's request. Military parents can protect their children from health injuries early on by practicing "never shake a baby" and partnering with their Primary Care Manager and the NPSP. For more information on caring for your child, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's web page " <http://www.cdc.gov/family/parentabc/> Parents: ABCs of Raising Safe and Healthy Kids." For information on your child's health care coverage, visit the <http://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/WellChildCare.aspx> Well-Child page of the TRICARE website. SOURCE: TRICARE News Release at http://www.tricare.mil/PreventChildTBI032415 NOTICE: Links to archived copies of this and other mailing list messages, mailing list subscribe\unsubscribe instructions, retiree\veterans-related events list and links to other useful information for active duty, guard\reserves, retirees and veterans, and their families, are available on the LINKS FOR MIL\RET\VETS website at www.hostmtb.org <http://www.hostmtb.org> If you prefer not to receive future HEALTH.MIL mailing list messages, please go to www.hostmtb.org <http://www.hostmtb.org> and unsubscribe automatically or contact the Mailing List Mgr <mailto:Milton.B26@xxxxxxxxx?subject=HEALTH.MIL%20Unsubscribe> .