Health and Safety

NewbornGood health is a critical part of the readiness formula for children entering school. From the day we bring them home, so sweet and small, monitoring the health of our children becomes a top priority for most of us.

A Doctor’s Advice
The resources found on this site are not intended to replace the advice of a physician. If you are searching for a pediatrician, you can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) website (English | Spanish) to find a board-certified pediatrician.

Developmental Milestones
Parents often ask “should my baby be doing XYZ(skill not yet developed) by now?” While babies, like all people, are their own unique individuals, they will often do things in their own time and in their own way. Some walk sooner, some talk sooner, but there are certain general guidelines for when a child should hit certain developmental marks along the way. Ages & Stages guidelines are made available to the public by the American Academy of Pediatrics on their website. Broken down by age category, they list certain milestones that children should be reaching across a range of developmental areas.

Vaccinations are an important tool to help protect your child and others from dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. They are also a requirement if you plan for your child to attend child care or public school. This list from the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC) shows both required and recommended vaccines, along with the ages of first dosage and interval between in follow up vaccines if necessary.

Keeping Children Safe
Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the U.S. Safe Kids Worldwide ( is a great site to learn more about childproofing your home, car seat safety, and more.

Health Insurance
There are lower cost options for families that need health insurance. If your family meets the eligibility guidelines, you may qualify for the Medicaid program. SC residents may get the applications online.

South Carolina Healthy Connections Choices is a program that helps eligible Medicaid members enroll in health plans. When members enroll (or join), they can choose both a health plan and a doctor (or clinic). South Carolina Healthy Connections Choices helps members choose the health plan and doctor that is best for them and their families.

If you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are still some options for receiving free or low-cost care.
Richland Care is a partnership of many groups in our community that want to make healthcare services accessible to those who do not have health insurance and cannot afford care.

Through the SC Eye Care Initiative, volunteer optometrists from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association perform complete eye exams and, if necessary eyeglasses with single vision or bifocal lenses all for a fee of only $35.00.

The Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Inc. are a non-profit, community health center system that offers primary health care services to families of the Midlands of South Carolina. The insured and the uninsured are welcome, and the Good Samaritan Plan provides a sliding fee scale payment plan to assist the uninsured.

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