The Blog post today is going to be about Parent Resources. The internet is full of some great information, and some not so great information. Often our worries, concerns and questions about the health and well-being of our children occur outside of “business hours”, which is why I call this blog post 24/7 Parent Resources. For scientific, factual information on all kinds of issues related to children, I have three excellent resources that I like to refer to.
A local web site that I think is outstanding as a parent (and caregiver) resource is our local health unit site at: http://www.healthunit.org/
Another great place to get thoughtful and current information on children’s health and wellness is the Canadian Paediatric Society. The main site is more of a professional resource for people working in the medical field, but they have wonderful second site that is for parents and caregivers: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/
And finally, please consider our own amazing CHEO website: http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/HealthBitsAZ
One of the things I love about CHEO’s information is that many of the “articles” on children’s issues include references to books that you can look for to read more about the topic. This is really important, because not every book you find at your local bookstore provides the best information on the topic. Several years ago one of my own children was having some difficulties, and I purchased a few excellent highly recommended books on the topic, and happen to also pick up an additional book that came up on the search list. The several chapters focussed on insisting that all problems of this nature were the result of mothers not staying home with their children. The author continually posited that mothers pursuing work outside of the home caused “damage” to the child, leading to this particular problem. You can imagine how that did not HELP, nor was this information based on any factual research, despite the author’s apparent designation as “Doctor”.
Being a parent is a hard job, and your children definitely did not come with a manual, but in the age of internet information, some aspects of parenting are much easier. These resources cover the range from birth to the teen years, from common concerns like teething to rashes to mental health concerns. Any medical concerns should be followed up with a doctor, but sometimes we need more information than what is shared in a quick 5 minute clinic visit, and the resources above are a great place to find that. Or when that strange rash erupts at 3 a.m. these three sites may give you piece of mind until you can contact your doctor in the morning.