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    Maternal & Child Health (MCH)   
    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    (512) 776-7373: Phone
    (512) 776-7658: Fax

Child Health in Texas

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Children will go through a lot of changes. At a very young age, there are periods of quick physical growth. Then they will develop cognitive, social, and life skills. They also begin to build habits and behaviors that impact their future health. Maternal and Child Health (MCH) focuses on supporting Texas families as their children grow.    

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe This Halloween

Halloween safety begins before the tricks or treats! Make sure your child is safe this spooky season using the following tips:

  • Wear reflective tape
  • Use glow sticks
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Cross the street at well-lit corners
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure your children are clearly visible to oncoming traffic

For more #Halloween safety tips, visit safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

Sickle Cell Disorders and COVID-19: Why My Child Needs a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) Newborn Screening Program created a fact sheet to answer frequently asked questions about vaccinating children and adolescents with sickle cell disorders to protect them against COVID-19. 

You can download the fact sheet from the link below.

Sickle cell disease includes a group of related disorders that affect a person's red blood cells. It is caused by a change in the genes that make hemoglobin which is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen. 

Children and adolescents with sickle cell disease are more likely to become seriously ill. They could get hospitalized or die from COVID-19. It's important for adults to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect children too young to get vaccinated. 

For general COVID-19 information, visit the DSHS coronavirus webpage. For more information about newborn screening, visit the newborn screening webpage.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  

For information and resources about COVID-19 and child health, please visit the following links:

COVID-19 Information

o    Dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6 (available 24/7)

Coping Strategies & Mental Health

o    1-833-986-1919 (available 24/7)


Distance/Home Learning

Resources for Families

These resources are specific for families with children ages 1 to 12 years, for COVID-19 resources specific to children with special healthcare needs, visit the DSHS website.    

Last updated October 13, 2021