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, For more AAP resources, visit the AAP Program to Enhance the Health & Development of Infants and Children website,

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