Health and Safety Links
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – for current policy statements, recommendations, and access to the archives of the journal Pediatrics
Healthy Children – the AAP’s page for parents, with information presented for the lay audience
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – for information on diseases, vaccines, and safety
CDC’s Life Stages Page – with specific sections on pregnancy, infants and toddlers, children, family, etc.
Vaccine Education Center of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – one of the best resources I have found for information about safety and efficacy of vaccines.
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) – for information on risk of exposure to drugs and chemicals during pregnancy and breastfeeding. OTIS has a great hotline if you have a specific question (Mine was, “Can I get my wisdom teeth removed without interrupting breastfeeding?”). You will talk to a real-live, knowledgeable person. (866)626-6847.
La Leche League – for breastfeeding support and resources.
kellymom – for more breastfeeding support and resources.
KidsHealth - A comprehensive resource of health information from pregnancy to adolescence
Nutrition.gov Life Stages Page – with specific sections on infants, children, and adolescents
USDA’s MyPlate – follow links for specific information on nutrition during pregnancy and for preschoolers and kids
Pubmed – search the database for abstracts of published scientific research articles (sometimes full text articles)
MedlinePlus – searchable database for general health information