General Pediatric Health Information
Kids Health (part of the Nemours Foundation) www.kidshealth.org
This website developed and created by a board of medical advisors contains articles, videos, animations, games, and health resources for parents, teens and children. It offers current evidence based information on health, behaviors and development from birth through the teenage years. Teens and children have their own link to useful health information in a friendly and age appropriate format.

English and Spanish

Healthy Children (produced by American Academy of Pediatrics) www.healthychildren.org

This website answers questions to various health issues and provides information about growth and development, healthy living, safety and injury prevention and family life, health issues, news and tips and tools. One can search health conditions by topic or use the pediatric symptom checker to guide parents. A link to various resource books for purchase on this site as well.

English

Your Child’s Health (produced by Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio)www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info

A website providing information to parents about many types of medical conditions diagnosed in children. The information is more technical and contains medical terms often encountered in the hospital. General information about more common childhood health topics is also found.

English and Spanish

Pediatric Advisor( developed by Relay Health and edited by Barton Schmitt, M.D.) Pediatric Advisor

This website contains excellent information on over 900 topics including newborn care, childhood illnesses, childhood growth and development, behavioral problems and adolescent issues. It offers information such as ”What can I expect …” , “How do I help my child with …?. and many great illustrations to help understand common medical problems. Also included are tips for parents, practical instructions, and lists of resources/ books for adults and children to better clarify childhood issues.

Password Protected, use your Child's Providers Lastname as Username and Password to access information.


 
Vaccination Information

National Immunization Program (produced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention): www.cdc.gov/vaccines

            A website resource that provides comprehensive and up to date information about vaccines, their safety, and immunization schedules.  This comprehensive sight provides links to current research and statistics, press releases, and outbreaks related to vaccine preventable diseases.   A link to many frequently asked questions about vaccine preventable diseases is also provided.

            English and Spanish

Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: www.vaccine.chop.edu

            Comprehensive and up to date information for parents and health care professionals about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.  This site contains information about how vaccines work, who recommends them and their safety.  This site also offers downloadable printable vaccine resources and videos. 

            English and Spanish

 
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Choose My Plate (previously My Pyramid is produced by the US Department of Agriculture): www.choosemyplate.gov

            This online resource for all ages gives basic messages about healthy eating and physical activity following the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  It contains helpful information for parents to help your children eat healthy and enjoy being active.  Many free downloadable activities for children and adults are available .

            English and Spanish

Healthy Weight (produced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention):  www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html

            A website that addresses the issue of childhood obesity: why it is a problem and what parents can do to help prevent it.  It offers dietary and physical activity tips for parents to help children maintain a healthy weight.  Other links are included to websites that review research and statistics about childhood obesity; links to tools to aid parents to create healthy menus for children; and links to activities designed for kids to do to teach children about healthy eating and physical activity.

            English and Spanish

Fruits and Veggies More Matters (produced by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention):  www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov

            This online tool stresses the benefits of fruits and vegetables in your diet.  It offers suggestions for all age groups to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption and recipes as well as nutritional analysis of your food selections

            English

Eat Smart Play Hard (produced by US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service):

            www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle/  This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide you information to help you eat better, be more physically active, and be a role model for your kids.

            English and Spanish

Let’s Move!    www.letsmove.gov

            This website describes the problem the United States if facing related to childhood obesity and it’s consequences.  Tips for pregnant women, families, schools and communities on how to eat healthier and the increase physical activity.  A link to the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report and other helpful resources.

Partnership for a Healthier Generation: www.ahealthieramerica.org

            Serves as a partner to the Let’s Move initiative and offers links to many other resources for individuals, families, schools and communities.

We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition): www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/about-wecan/index.htm

            We Can is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entrie communities a way to help 8-13 year olds maintain a healthy weight by eating right, increasing physical activity and decreasing screen time.  Includes tips, tools and worksheets.

            English

     
MENTAL HEALTH
Healthy Minds Health Lives (produces by the American Psychiatric Association) www.healthyminds.org/more-info-for/children.aspx
This website provides information about various child/youth mental health illnesses including information downloadable fact sheets. Parents and caregivers will find helpful information and tips on helping your child through everyday issues such as bullying, starting school, and holidays.

English

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation www.bpkids.org
This interactive website for families with children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder offers fact sheets, lists of resources, online support groups as well as live chat rooms with professionals and other parents. You may post information or questions to their online forum and receive support and information from other parents or experienced volunteers.

English

National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml
This website contains downloadable resources and fact sheets for parents and children related to various Mental Health disorders. It includes signs and symptoms, treatments, research, statistics and how to find help in the community.

English and Spanish

 

Learning Disabillities

National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org
This website provides information about learning disabilities and types of learning disabilities. It provides tips to parents and caregivers on helping children through college be successful in all endeavours

English

Learning Disabilities Association of America www.ldanatl.org
This website provides information for parents, teachers and professionals on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process and helping your child and yourself. Parents may find information, tips and strategies on helping your child to be successful at home, at school and in every day situations.

English

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights – PACER www.pacer.org
PACER Center is a parent and training information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.

English, Spanish, Somalian, Hmong

 

Asthma and Allergies

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America www.aafa.org
This website offers educational programs and tools for patients, parents and caregivers, and health professionals. You can find facts and figures about asthma and allergies including diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Parents may also join the online support community where you may connect with people with similar health concerns.

English and Spanish

Pedipress (for Asthma) www.pedipress.com/parentsandpatients.html
This website resource provides a list of publications that parents may use to help manage their child’s asthma. Contains some free downloadable resources, as well as many you may purchase.

English and Spanish

Kids Health Asthma Center (produced by Nemours) www.kidshealth.org/parent/centers/asthma_center.html
This section of the Kids Health website offers information to parents about asthma, how to monitar, treat, and provide a safe environment for children. This information is provided in various formats for parents, children and teenagers.

English and Spanish

 

School/Learning

ADD/ADHD
Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) www.chadd.org
A helpful website for parents to evaluate great resources and have online discussions with other parents about managing children with ADHD.

 
* These websites contain excellent information however the views expressed on some issues are not necessarily the views of Herrin Pediatric Clinic.
 

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