A photocollage of various objects, the text reads kids.

Objects of Affection: Kids

an apgar score chart on a clipboard with a timer

Apgar Scorecard (1970)

In the 1950s, Virginia Apgar, MD, MPH ’60, invented a simple, rapid method for assessing newborn viability to prevent mortality and developmental disabilities. Photo Credit: Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections/National Library of Medicine

3 packets of Cera brand rehydrating salts

Oral Rehydration Solution Packets (1970s–2000s)

JHSPH researchers in India and Bangladesh demonstrated this therapy sharply reduced mortality from cholera and other diarrheal diseases.

a paperweight with vitamin A capsules inside and a label that says "Vitamin A saves sight and life, Hellen Keller International"

Vitamin A Capsules (c. 1990s)

Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS ’73, discovered in the mid-1980s that vitamin A supplements can prevent blindness and reduce child mortality in the developing world by up to 34 percent.

an infant measuring board

Infant Square (c. 1980s)

JHSPH faculty pioneered key methods for UNICEF's GOBI strategy (growth monitoring, oral rehydration, breastfeeding and immunization) that greatly reduced under-5 mortality.

two photographs of Sue Baker with infant car seats

Child Car Seat (c. 1980)

Research by injury prevention pioneer Susan P. Baker, MPH ’68, was pivotal in securing passage of child-restraint laws in the U.S. and internationally.

a poster for the iron-fortified infant formula program. Text on poster reads, "Your coupons accepted at this store"

IFIF Poster (1972)

The federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program emerged from this infant formula initiative developed by David Paige, MD, MPH ’69, and the Maryland Food Committee to prevent malnutrition in at-risk infants.

a bracelet with a black strap a green sea turtle

Drowning Prevention Bracelet (2015)

In Bangladesh, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit used this bracelet in research to prevent child drowning.

a teddy bear wearing a Healthy Steps t-shirt

Healthy Steps Bear (c. 1995)

Women and Children's Health Policy Center faculty gave stuffed bears to families in a national evaluation of Healthy Steps, an evidence-based intervention that dramatically improved pediatric care.

2 packages of toy baby bottles with a choking hazard warning label

Choking Hazard Labels (c. 1990s)

Research by Stephen Teret, JD, MPH ’79, and students led to revised federal choking hazard labeling for toys and games with small parts.

a glass milk bottle with this text: Milk for the Kiddies, Annette's irradiated Vitamin D Pasteurized

Milk Bottle (c. 1940s)

In the 1930s, dairies began enriching milk with vitamins A and D, discovered in 1912 and 1922, respectively, by E.V. McCollum, founding chair of Biochemistry.