Birth defects cause about 20% of infant deaths and 6%-15% of deaths in children up to age 14 years annually.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, with a weeklong focus on folic acid’s role in prevention, Jan. 2-10. Pediatricians can help educate teens and women of childbearing age to make a PACT for birth defect prevention by: Planning ahead, Avoiding harmful substances, Choosing a healthy lifestyle and Talking to your doctor.

Find downloadable posters in English and Spanish to hang in your office on the National Birth Defects Prevention Network website, http://bit.ly/1AgoRk6. For more AAP resources, visit the AAP Program to Enhance the Health & Development of Infants and Children website, www.aap.org/PEHDIC.

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