aboutkidshealth.com – from The Hospital for Sick Children
Provides evidence-based information for parents and children about health issues, how the body works (including animated video and quizzes), life stages, and education. The site provides all information in English, French and simplified Chinese, and much of the information is available in many other languages also.
American Academy of Pediatrics
This comprehensive site from the American Academy of Pediatrics for parenting kids from prenatal until adulthood covers diseases, staying healthy, mental and social concerns, school problems, and safety. Parents of prospective and new teen drivers will appreciate the site’s Teen Driving Agreement.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Resources for Families
http://www.aacap.org (click on Families & Youth)
Between 7 and 12 million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. Links take users to information on helping children cope with disasters, deal with pop culture, treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and understand psychiatric medications. A glossary of symptoms and mental illnesses, and information about finding psychiatrists and appropriate clinical trials are also included.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Websites for Kids and Teens
This Family Health section of the CDC website provides a list of federal government health sites intended especially for this age group.
The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health provides current information about diseases and conditions, nutrition and fitness, developmental issues, and preventive health care. Information is available in English and Spanish, and is available as an audio version also. They offer information written specifically for parents, children, and teens.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Established by Congress in 2000, the NCTSN provides information on every type of childhood trauma from neglect to natural disasters to physical abuse. They offer resources for parents, teachers, and policy makers.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The NICHD, a division of the National Institutes of Health, conducts research on the health of children and their families. The website presents information based on that research. There are links to consumer-level information on more than 100 health topics as well as valuable information about participation in clinical research and NICHD public health campaigns.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since 1962 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been a pioneer in researching and treating catastrophic childhood diseases. Its web site provides information and resources for parents and other caregivers on many catastrophic diseases, protocols for treatment, how to get referrals, and links to additional information on some topics.
SuperKids Nutrition was founded by a registered dietician to promote good nutrition; it offers health information for parents, kids and health educators through a blog, activities and links to even more online resources. For parents, there are tips and toolkits to promote healthy living in the family. For kids, an animated SuperKids Crew teaches about nutrition, and there are fun activities to print and complete.
This MedlinePlus page was created for teens and parents. There are links to information on nutrition, emotions, body image, alcohol, drugs, sexuality, and other topics of interest to adolescents.