Since February 2010, pregnant women and new moms have been receiving information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. This has been made possible by text4baby – a FREE text messaging service that sends 3 health messages to these women each week from pregnancy until the baby is 12 months old.
Women can sign up for the free service by texting BABY to 511411(or BEBE for Spanish), and it’s even timed to the mother’s due date or baby’s date of birth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, a key content reviewer of the text messages, encourages members to promote text4baby in their pediatric practice. These messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health: immunizations, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health, safe sleep, and more.
Text4baby also connects women to health services through the inclusion of national hotline phone numbers within the messages.
Health care professionals are a critical partner in getting families enrolled in text4baby.
Given the limited time available to discuss every health promotion topic, text4baby is an important tool to engage and reinforce the guidance pediatricians provide families based on the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition.
The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have provided this recommended immunization schedule. Please discuss your child’s immunization needs with your pediatrician.
The Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages you to talk to your child’s pediatrician about your child health, parenting, and child development questions. Be an informed advocate for your child with his or her pediatrician. Check out these web resources for more information.