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Recommended Medical Websites

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 
The AAP is dedicated to the health of all children. Its web site provides reliable and authoritative advice on a variety of child health issues, including immunizations.

AAP's HealthyChildren.org Website
The AAP's new interactive and customizable website providing reliable advice for parents and health care professionals.

AAP's Immunization Information Resources
A comprehensive immunization information site for parents and clinicians sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

AAP's Protect Tomorrow Public Service Announcements
Short videos from the AAP to remind parents of the importance of childhood immunizations.

Bright Futures
Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC serves as the national focus for promoting health and quality of life through its efforts to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability.

CDCs Parent Portal: Health Topics for Pregnancy, Infants & Toddlers, Children, and Teens
A collection of articles and fact sheets from the CDC on a variety of topics relating to pregnancy and child health.

CDC Home Page for Vaccines and Immunizations
The CDC's website for information on childhood and adult vaccines and immunizations.

Immunization Action Coalition
A comprehensive link to the most up-to-date, expert immunization resources available via the Internet.

ImmunoFacts
A comprehensive link to the most up-to-date, expert immunization resources available via the Internet.

Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
An educational resource about children's vaccines for parents and healthcare professionals.

KidsHealth
One of the largest and most visited sites on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children and adolescents.

CHADD - An educational resource on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
CHADD is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

National Institute of Mental Health website on ADHD
Detailed information on the symptoms, causes, and treatments of ADHD.

CDC website on ADHD
The Centers for Disease Control website with reliable information on ADHD.

CDC website on Autism
The CDC's Autism Information Center, with information on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Addresses concerns about vaccines and autism.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Information about allergic diseases. Includes a Patient/Public Resource Center and a Just For Kids section of resources and puzzles.

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
Resources for patients with food allergies or who are at risk for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

NC Child Passenger Safety Information
Protecting children in child safety seats and seat belts is a top priority in North Carolina. Here's what we're doing. . .

National Child Passenger Safety Information
Information on child safety seats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Nutrition And Healthy Living

Feeding Kids Right Isn't Always Easy: Tips for Preventing Food Hassles
Young children need nutrients from a variety of foods to stay healthy. But what if your child only eats macaroni and cheese or will not eat any vegetables?
Get Fit, Stay Healthy
Being fit means you're in good shape, you have energy, you're active, and you don't get tired easily during the day. Most people who are fit also feel pretty good about themselves.
Growing Up Healthy: Fat, Cholesterol and More
Many Americans consume too many calories and too much fat, especially saturated fat, trans fat, and sugar. These eating patterns are one cause of America's high rates of obesity and heart disease.
Lactose Intolerance and Your Child
After drinking milk or eating ice cream, does your child have stomach cramps or get diarrhea? If so, your child may have lactose intolerance.
More Fiber for your Children? Yes! Here's Why and How.
Fiber is an important nutrient that most children (and parents) are not getting enough of each day. As parents, you do your best to feed your family healthy foods, but you may need help with choosing good sources of fiber. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about fiber.
Raw Milk: What You Need to Know
Raw milk is milk that comes straight from a cow, sheep, or goat. Raw milk is not pasteurized (heated to kill germs) or homogenized (processed to keep the cream from separating from the milk).
Right From the Start: ABCs of Good Nutrition for Young Children
As a parent, you are interested in your child's health. Your role is to provide healthy food in appropriate portions, and your child's role is to decide how much to eat. That is why it is important to understand how to provide healthy choices for your child.
Starting Solid Foods
Rice, oatmeal, or barley? What infant cereal or other food will be on the menu for your baby's first solid meal? And have you set a date?
Tips for Healthy Families: More and Less
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Americans are not getting enough potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D in their diets and consume too much sugar, sodium (salt), and fat. Here are tips to help you and your family make more healthy choices and less unhealthy choices. Start with small changes. Remember that parents are important role models and what children learn early on can carry through adulthood.
What's to Eat? Healthy Foods for Hungry Children
Young children need a variety of foods to get the energy they need to grow up healthy. Read on for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on creative ways to serve up breakfast and lunch, tips for picky eaters, and how to make healthy fast-food choices. Also read some tips about food safety, choking hazards, food allergies, and microwave safety. If you have specific questions about your child's nutrition, talk with your child's doctor or a registered dietitian.