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Peking University

Health Care and Promotion for Infants and Toddlers

Peking University via Coursera


This course provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood (0 to 3 years old) healthcare, covering newborn, infant, and toddler characteristics, daily parenting, early childhood development and education, as well as the prevention and treatment of common infectious diseases. It also includes information on managing common health problems in newborns, infants and toddlers, for example, neonatal jaundice, pneumonia, diarrea, fever, rickets, anemia, etc.. The course content was developed based on authoritative textbooks, guidelines, and policies of international health organizations. It incorporates child care concepts commonly recommended by international academia and practitioners, while introducing new trends in the discipline to its learners and cultivating their global perspective and evidence-based thinking. The instructors of the course are healthcare professionals and scholars with international perspectives and extensive experience in child healthcare. This course aims to help learners understand the characteristics of children aged 0 to 3 years and master relevant nursing care skills through lectures, videos, quizzes, and discussions. This course is primarily aimed at undergraduate students majoring in children’s health care and nursing. Maternal and child healthcare providers, babysitters, parents, and other caregivers who are interested in this topic are also welcome to participate in this course.


  • Unit 1 Neonatal health care (1)
    • This unit covers characteristics of newborns, newborn daily parenting, breastfeeding, and supplementary feeding.
  • Unit 2 Neonatal health care (2)
    • This unit covers kangaroo mother care, neonatal jaundice, and special physiological manifestations in neonates.
  • Unit 3 Infant health care
    • This unit addresses the infant feeding, neuropsychological development of infants and the promotion, motor development of infants and the promotion, language development of infants and the promotion.
  • Unit 4 The toddler’s health care
    • Here, you will learn the characteristics of toddlers (e.g., physiologic function, language and motor development, psychosocial development); care of toddlers (e.g., nutritional requirements and feeding, toilet training), and dental health.
  • Unit 5 Early childhood development
    • In this unit, we will learn the assessment of development, early childhood development promotion, play, and physical exercise.
  • Unit 6 Childhood vaccination
    • Next, we turn our attention to the immunization program and the procedure of vaccination; we will also consider how to cope with vaccination reactions.
  • Unit 7 Prevention and treatment of common infectious diseases in childhood
    • The unit introduces measles, chickenpox and neonatal syphilis.
  • Unit 8 Management of common health problems in childhood (1)
    • In this unit, you will learn foreign body airway obstruction, fever, pneumonia and diarrhea.
  • Unit 9 Management of common health problems in childhood (2)
    • In this unit, you will learn health problems related to nutrition, including iron deficiency anemia, vitamin D deficiency rickets, obesity and malnutrition.

Taught by

Yuanyuan Yang, Hua Chen, Lihua Ren and Tongyan Han



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