Best Resources for Kids Health Information
Where can I find information regarding kids health?
It is inevitable that you are going to need to search for information regarding your child's health. It isn't always realistic to pick up the phone and call your child's healthcare provider every time you have a question or seek out additional information. Whether it be for illness, development, sleep, diet or a combination of it all, it can be difficult to know where to find the answers to your questions. Our first instinct is to type into google, but is that what is best? The short answer is...yes, maybe! I'm here to help you decipher which websites are considered reliable so that you can know which links to click on for more information as well as where else we can go to for answers.
My Favorite Resources
Healthychildren.org is a website that is brought to you by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP is the organization that pediatricians and other pediatric providers utilize as their guidance for your child's health. So what better source for you to find your information! This website is a wealth of information from specific articles for each stage of development, to a symptom tracker and even a handy search bar that you can utilize just like you would google. The articles are all written by pediatricians and are specifically geared towards parents. They even have an app, which makes it even more user friendly and accessible. This website is my #1 recommendation for parents to find information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great resource for specific illnesses, travel information, vaccinations and so much more.
Healthcare organizations can be another great resource for kids health information. Many of the large health systems have a lot of great information on specific illnesses, conditions, surgeries and so much more. Some of the most notable ones include kidshealth.org , Boston Children's Hospital , and Mayo Clinic.
Where else should I find my information?
The best information regarding your child's health and specific situation is always their healthcare provider. The above resources are so useful as a starting point for you but when it comes down to a diagnosis or specific recommendations pertaining to your child's specific condition or scenario then I would advise that you call and make an appointment or speak to the provider that knows them best.
You may be thinking "But what about my friends and family". Getting information and advice from others is such a useful tool that I in no way want to discredit. It can be so helpful to hear from someone else who has "been there, done that". However, I want you to take this information a little more critically. When you are getting information from others it is based on their own perception and their specific situation, which may be different than yours and your child's. When you are getting information from the resources above it is in more of a general sense, which is often related to the majority of the population. On the other hand, when you are getting information from your provider it is then tailored to your child. As you can see, all three of these resources offer unique and useful points of view.
It is my hope that the next time you seek out information regarding your child's health you will be able to utilize one of the sources we discussed today with confidence that the information that you are consuming is reliable.
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