Child & Adolescent Health

Chronic Disease

Chronic conditions—such as asthma, diabetes, and food allergy—affect many children, but can be managed successfully with routine medical care.

Allergies & Asthma

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Other Chronic Conditions

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Developmental Screening

During a developmental screening, your doctor will make sure that your child is learning basic skills and behaviors on time. These screenings should be ongoing throughout childhood.

About Developmental Screening

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Lead & a Healthy Home

Lead poisoning in children can lead to lower IQ and difficulty paying attention. Lead-based paint in homes is the most common route to hazardous lead exposure, and children under 6 are at the highest risk.

About Lead Poisoning

City of Chicago Lead Program

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Mental Health & Trauma

Your child’s mental health is an important part of their well-being, and it’s important to recognize signs of stress. A child’s environment and neighborhood can also contribute to their mental health. Some common childhood mental-health problems are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and behavior disorders.

About Children’s Mental Health

Nutrition

Nutrition is an important way to be proactive about health. Proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight are ways to help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. There are resources available to you to ensure you and your child have access to healthy, nutritious food.

WIC (Women, Infant, Children Program)

CPS Nutrition

Nutrition for Children

Oral Health

Healthy teeth and gums are important for a child’s social, academic, and nutritional success but tooth decay (cavities) afflicts many children and teens. Stay on top of your child’s oral health with regular dental care.

Children’s Oral Health

Chicago Department of Public Health Oral Health Program

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Positive Parenting & Early Education

Parenting can be hard. Here are some tips and resources for parents to learn how to understand your child’s development and how to support their mental health and wellness. It’s also never too early to plan for preschool, as it gives your child the best possible chance for a bright, successful future.

Positive Parenting for Any Age

Chicago Early Learning

Chicago Public Libraries

Preschool & Early Education

Benefits of Reading to Your Child

Tips for Dads

Sexual & Reproductive Health

Sexual health is an important part of adolescent health. Stay informed so that you can make the best decisions for yourself or help an adolescent in your life. About half of all new sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) occur in people ages 15–24, making regular STI testing is an important part of adolescent health care.

CHAT (Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens)

Chicago Wears Condoms

Chicago Department of Public Health STI Specialty Clinics

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Vaccines

Vaccines are safe and protect your child from 16 preventable diseases that can lead to hospitalization and death. These include measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and chickenpox. Vaccines have the power to stop them in their tracks.

About Vaccines

Chicago Department of Public Health Fast-Track Immunization Clinics

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