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Some say that military children serve alongside their service member parent(s). We recognize the important role military children play in helping our soldiers achieve their mission by contributing to the strength of the military family. Specifically, we will look at the various programs the MHS has to improve the health and fitness of military children.

Learn more about your child's health coverage on the TRICARE Website. Some hot topics include:

Stages of Life

Resources for Military Children

In support of military children, the DoD partners with outside organizations to address the needs of military families and children worldwide.

Military Kids Connect

Find military culture educator in-service training materials on the T2Health Website.

Sesame Street for Military Families

Family Resilience Kits

Offers materials designed to:

  • Educate family members on how to cope with the stress of deployment
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Reconnect with children and access behavioral health services provided by the DoD or VA
  • Learn More About Family Resilience Kits »

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Cancer vaccine for youth is effective, safe

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10/25/2017
The HPV vaccine is very safe, and most people don’t have any problems or side effects. Studies have shown the vaccine caused HPV rates to decline 64 percent among teenaged girls ages 14 to 19, and 34 percent among women ages 20 to 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High)

Experts share what parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

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Midwives expand women's options

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10/19/2017
Valerie Miller, nurse midwife, Department of Women’s Health Services, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, holds a newborn baby while she conducts a group prenatal care session with parents of newborns to discuss concerns, expectations and answer any questions the couples may have regarding their birthing experience. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, in 2014, 8.3 percent of all U.S. births were delivered by CNMs

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Children's Health | Women's Health

Sleepy teen? Military sleep specialist says help is available

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10/16/2017
Electronic devices play a significant role in keeping teenaged children from the sleep they need to remain healthy and productive. (Courtesy photo)

Sagging grades, behavior problems could point to sleep deprivation

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Children's Health | Sleep

Advice to young athletes: A variety of sports is the spice of life

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9/25/2017
Children participate in a sports clinic at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The installation partnered with the YMCA of Pikes Peak Region to teach young athletes the fundamentals of baseball, gymnastics, soccer, and basketball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Wes Wright)

Young athletes who focus on one sport instead of sampling a variety are more likely to suffer overuse injuries

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Children's Health | Physical Activity

New school year, same risk: Don’t forget the sunscreen

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9/20/2017
Whether at recess or recreational sports, children and teens are exposed to UV rays and it’s important to protect their skin throughout the school year. Experts recommend re-applying sunscreen after an hour and a half – especially while playing sports outside or swimming. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Kristen Wong)

As children and teenagers return to school, experts remind parents to make sunscreen application part of their daily routines throughout the school year

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Preventive Health | Children's Health | Operation Live Well

Resources, resiliency help military children turn away from suicidal thoughts

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9/12/2017
A note about social media written by one of the participants of an Air Force resiliency teen camp is displayed in a classroom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Children of military parents face some real challenges, such as frequent relocations, which can make them feel isolated and turn to thoughts of suicide; Find out more about how you can keep them resilient

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Vaccinations: Important part of back-to-school checklist

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8/16/2017
Air Force Senior Airman Antoinette Fowler shows a 4-year-old how to give a vaccination during a teddy bear clinic at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The event taught children about the importance of vaccination and immunization. Getting necessary vaccinations now is as much a rite of going back to school as picking up pencils and paper for the first day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ilka Cole)

Making sure children have all their vaccinations before going back to school is as important as making sure they have the right supplies

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Pumping on the job is worth any hassles, breast-feeding moms say

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8/3/2017
Navy Lt. Alea DePauw (left) with Ethan, 6 months, and Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Rosloniec (right) with Jack, 10 months, pump when they work at Naval Medical Center San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam)

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, an annual global campaign to promote the benefits of nursing; this year marks the 25th annual event, which is recognized in more than 170 countries

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Don't let the bugs bite

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6/1/2017
Using an insect repellent spray can be an important measure in guarding against bites from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes this summer.

Most parents do a good job of protecting their kids from the sun, but they also need to consider why it's important to guard against potentially harmful insect bites and stings

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Mother's Day a chance to highlight care in the Military Health System

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5/11/2017
This year, the Nunns will be celebrating Mother’s Day with four-year-old daughter Sabella and the newest addition to the family, four-month-old son Gideon. (Courtesy photo)

The Military Health System helps deliver more than 100,000 babies each year. As Mother’s Day approaches, we talk about what is offered to make sure those experiences are world-class, no matter where people are in the world.

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Kids and allergies: Awareness is key to relief, treatment

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4/28/2017
From left, 9-year-old Declan and 2-year-old Maeve have allergies, but Saoirse, 5, and Eibhlin, 7, are allergy-free. The siblings posed for their mom near their home at Fort Meade, Maryland. (Courtesy photo)

MHS experts offer information, advice for this common condition

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Military doctor shares tips for a healthy pregnancy

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4/27/2017
Navy Lt. Jessica Miller, a certified nurse midwife in Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s pregnancy Integrated Practice Unit, assesses a patient. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

From food preparation to educational classes, MHS Experts provide advice for expectant parents as they prepare for the birth of their child

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Welcome to the world, baby!

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4/27/2017
Kim Baughman, a registered nurse, checks a newborn’s reflexes. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

From delivery to care, support is available for parents through various services, classes, and resources in the MHS

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What hopeful mothers-to-be should know before conceiving

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4/26/2017
Women considering pregnancy are encouraged to make a preconception appointment with their health care providers to discuss family planning, prenatal care, and ways to optimize health for both mother and baby. Here, women participate in a learning exercise during “Baby Bootcamp,” which is part of Fort Irwin National Training Center’s New Parent Support Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Julie Felix)

When preparing for a pregnancy, planning ahead and making a preconception appointment with a health care provider is recommended

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Military Kids Connect provides online resources to help children cope and thrive

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4/25/2017
Military Kids Connect is an online community for children ages 6-17 years old, providing access to age-appropriate resources to help with the unique psychological challenges of military life.

Children with parents in the military face a lot of challenges to their psychological health; the Military Kids Connect website gives them resources to deal with these challenges

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