Links to Reliable Health and Parenting Resources

The Internet can be a valuable source of health and parenting information. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find up-to-date information you can trust. The following sites are good places to start searching when you have health or parenting questions:

Medical Information

Children's Hospitals and Clinics' Patient/Family Education Materials - easy-to-read handouts on medical conditions, procedures, first aid, medications and more – several of which have been translated into Hmong, Somali and/or Spanish

Children's Health Network - health information for parents, teachers, kids, and teens – including information on growth and development and emotions and behavior

MedlinePlus & MedlinePlus Espanol - links to information on over 650 conditions, diseases and wellness topics, drug information, medical encyclopedia, medical dictionaries, health news, directories of doctors, dentists, hospitals and other health organizations – compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Healthfinder - links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations – available in English and Spanish - information from the American Academy of Family Physicians on common medical concerns – available in English and Spanish

InteliHealth - Harvard Medical School's consumer health information, including a special section on children's health

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - includes sections on understanding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), alerts and advisories, treatment information, and links to additional resources - complete, easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists - including instructions on how to administer different types of medications and to how use medications safely and effectively

CureSearch – information (in English and Spanish) on specific types of childhood cancer and treatment stages, including tips on navigating the healthcare system and finding support

Genetic and Rare Conditions Site – information on genetic conditions/birth defects, national and international support organizations, genetic counselors and geneticists, and other resources – compiled by the University of Kansas Medical Center

Parenting Information

Children's Health Network - health information for parents, teachers, kids, and teens – including information on growth and development and emotions and behavior

"Facts for Families" from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – concise, up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families – available in English and Spanish

Minnesota Parents Know - trusted parenting information, resources, and activities to help children learn and grow from birth through high school

Parent Further – practical information and everyday steps to raising successful kids and teens from the Search Institute

Parenting Newsletters – age-specific parenting information from the University of Wisconsin, including a section on grandparents raising grandchildren – available in English and Spanish.

Questions About Kids – tip sheets that provide answers to common questions about young children – available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali

Shoulder to Shoulder: Raising Teens Together – parenting tips, resources, news, research and more

Zero to Three – Science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children's development

Safety Information

Making Safe Simple - safety and injury prevention tips from Children's very own experts

Automotive Safety Program - information about child safety seats including videos on how to install car seats, frequently asked questions about car seats, recall information, and special needs transportation

Car Seats: Information for Families - a guide to choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Car Seats Made Simple - information on how to choose and install a seat, common errors, what the law requires and frequently asked questions – available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali

Seat Check - listings of nationwide car seat safety inspection locations where certified inspectors provide guidance on proper child restraint use and installation. Enter your state or zip code to find a location near you

Family Resource Center Library Online Catalog

For additional reading material, search The Family Resource Center Library online catalog (select Family Resource Center in the catalog dropdown list at the top of the page)

Community Resources and Agencies

The Arc of Minnesota - programs, services, and support for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families

Family Voices of Minnesota - a network of families whose children, youth & young adults have special health care needs and disabilities, working to provide information and support to other families

Minnesota Online Special Needs Directory - a comprehensive online guide to finding resources of all kinds for children and young people in Minnesota with disabilities and other special needs.

PACER Center - resources and programs that address special needs for all stages of childhood and all disabilities

Special Olympics Minnesota - information about year-round sports training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities including a calendar of events

United Way 2-1-1 – information about health, housing, jobs, school, money, family, and community resources and support services in the Twin Cities

Other Useful Links

My Children's Information Center - an online resource offered by Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to give families secure access to parts of their child's medical record

CaringBridge and SupportPlanner – a free Internet service and calendar organizer that helps patient families create a personalized, secure Web page to keep friends and relatives updated on their child's condition and coordinate any assistance needed with household chores or other tasks 

Metro Transit – "how to ride" information including routes, schedules, and a quick trip planner for Minneapolis/St. Paul area buses and light rail

Minnesota Health Information – a "clearinghouse" of health information including resources to help consumers find information on quality and cost in health care and references on staying healthy and managing personal health conditions

Exceptional Parent – information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities

OneLook – online dictionaries

Guides to Internet Searching

Consumer Guidelines: DocTom's Top Tips for Online Health Searching

Staff in the Family Resource Center are also available to assist families with Internet searches.

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Please Note: Information and resources provided by the Family Resource Center are intended for reference purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice or instruction. Please discuss specific concerns or questions with your health care provider(s).