A healthy child's development actually begins before conception with the parents' health and their genetic legacy.
It may not be possible to prevent a specific birth defect or an illness, but it should be possible to protect a child from an accident and injury such as common cuts, burns and accidental poisoning.
Autism spectrum illnesses, including Asperger syndrome, learning problems, ADHD, and anxiety and depression disorders are major issues.
Family health looks at children's health and well-being in the context of their family unit. This applies not only to children's physical health but to their emotional health as well.