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Infancy refers to the stage of life between birth and 2 years of age. This is a special time for the developing child and his or her family. Infants depend on the adult members of their family to meet their every need and keep them safe and healthy.

Having a newborn infant living at home means that many changes will occur within the family. That's why it is important to learn about infant care and prepare for the infant's arrival well ahead of time. Also, infants need frequent checkups and vaccinations, and they sometimes get sick. Before the infant is born, it is a good idea to choose a health care provider—a pediatrician, family physician, or pediatric nurse practitioner—who specializes in the care of infants and children.

To read more about infant & child illnesses, please see the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. You may also wish to see HealthyNJ pages on: Infant Care and Breastfeeding.

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