General Pediatric Websites

AAP Website: Official site of the American Academy of Pediatrics, includes sections on parenting, health topics, and a bookstore.

Bright Futures: Prevention and health promotion website for infants, children, adolescents and their families.

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Center for Young Women’s Health: From the Children’s Hospital of Boston, this website is full of easy-to-read information on many topics relevant to young women’s health. Site includes information for both teens and parents.

Choosing Wisely/Consumer Reports: There are many medical tests, treatments and procedures out there now for kids and teenagers. But which ones are right for your child, and which ones might actually do more harm than good? The materials here, created by Consumer Reports as part of the Choosing Wisely program, explain which tests and treatments might be right for your child — and what you can do instead if you decide to skip them.

HealthyChildren: A new website designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents.

KellymomThis website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting by a mother of three children who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

KidsGrowth: A comprehensive website for parents developed by pediatricians. It is divided into a parent site and a teen site.

KidsHealth: The largest and most visited site on the Web containing doctor-approved information about children. It is divided into three separate areas: kids, teens, and parents. Very user- friendly.

PBS Parents:  PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning.

Raising Readers:  Building a love of books and reading for Maine children by giving them books at birth and at each well child visit through age five. Raising Readers is generously funded by the Libra Foundation.

Star Sleeper: US National Institutes of Health website about pediatric sleep issues.

Too Small To Fail:  Too Small to Fail aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero-to-five, so that children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

Zero to Three:  ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.

Healthy Travel

CDC travel website: Great resource for traveling abroad. Contains recommended vaccines for specific areas, information for traveling with children, and outbreak alerts.

Teen Sites

TeenGrowth: Part of the KidsGrowth website, this site covers several topics for teens, including an interactive question and answer section with one of the site doctors.

TeensHealth: A great teen website including several important topics for teens, including diet and nutrition, sexual health, sports, and a question and answer section.

Vaccinations & Immunizations

CDC vaccine site: National Immunization Program (NIP) through the CDC provides information about specific vaccines for healthcare professionals and parents.

Institute for Vaccine Safety: A website run by Johns Hopkins University that provides an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety.

National Network for Immunization Information: Provides up-to-date, science-based information on vaccines to healthcare professionals, the media, and the public.

Vaccine Information from CHOP: A vaccine education center for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.

Vitamins

Mulitvitamin use: Guidelines for vitamin use for children. Provided by AAP.

Vitamin D use: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding Vitamin D use for infants and children.

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

CHADD: a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD. Website includes links to local support groups and conferences.

National Institutes of Mental Health: Describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments for ADHD, with information on getting help and coping.
CDC’s information for ADHD

International adoption

U.S. State Department International Adoption Website: Provides information for families looking to adopt internationally by the U.S. Department of State.

Safety

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: provides statistics about injuries in children and guidelines for injury prevention.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: up-to-date information about product recalls.

Internet Safety Education for Kids and Teens: website teaching Internet safety to kids and teens. Includes sections for educators, law enforcement and parents.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: safety guidelines for driving with children, broken down by age group.

Safekids.org: global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury.

Safety Issues From A-Z: Website with topics on various safety issues including after-school safety, bicycle safety, car safety, gun safety, playground safety and more.

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association: national organization for families and sufferers. Excellent resources on website.

The Eating Disorders Coalition: to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. Family Action Council provides an excellent network of families and legislators.

Obesity

Medline Plus Website on Obesity: sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, this page has links to many articles and other websites dealing with childhood obesity.

Obesity Society – Pediatric Obesity: a section dedicated to childhood/pediatric obesity, complete with resources and news updates.

Foster and Adoptive Families

Adoptive & Foster Families of MaineAdoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Inc. (AFFM) provides support services for adoptive and foster parents, and kinship providers.  AFFM provides the training, guidance, knowledge, and resources needed to handle complex issues as families open their hearts and homes to children.

Maine Kids-KinMaine Kids-Kin provides access to family support groups, a clothing exchange and lending library to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and other family members who are raising relatives’ children.