Child Health, Safety, and Well-being

 Child Diseases, Vaccines, and Health Conditions

Last Updated: February 11, 2022
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​Child Health Conditions and Development

•  All diseases and illnesses that affect children can depend on their ages: search those for infants and toddlers (0-3 years)External Link, children (4-11 years)External Link, or teens (12-19 years)External Link.

•  Child development: what is normal? See CDC Developmental Milestones for childrenExternal Link.

•  The Army endorses the childhood vaccinations as recommended by the CDCExternal Link - your military pediatrician or healthcare provider can also address specific questions about your child. See the CDC's vaccine schedule for children 18 years and younger hereExternal Link.

•  Flu season: frequently asked questions on how to minimize your family's risk with vaccines.


Children are at risk of COVID-19. Children who are overweight, diabetic, have asthma, or other heart or immune conditions have a higher risk of serious symptoms and possible death. Even if not symptomatic, your child may get infected while in school or a child care setting and bring it home. Teach your child to wear a mask, avoid germs by staying 6 feet apart, and wash hands thoroughly. Helpful links include: CDC COVID webpage on Children & TeensExternal Link, Army COVID Factsheet on Child and Youth Services, APHC COVID Factsheet on Tips for Parents When a Child Must Quarantine, and APHC COVID Library.


Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are terms used to reduce the spread of germs within a child care setting. They each have different meanings - but each are key steps to reducing the spread of germs and infection. Visit the National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenExternal Link site for a cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting frequency table.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Did you know that each year in the U.S. there are about 3500 infant (<1 year) deaths? Read how to reduce risk of this tragedyExternal Link such as sleeping on back, on firm mattress, on child-safe bed, or in the same room as parent.