My Favorite Websites
So what shots will my child receive from my office? Since vaccine schedules change every year, the best place to look at is the CDC ACIP (Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) website at cdc.gov.
Are shots safe? Does it cause autism? Why do we need vaccines since we don't see these diseases anymore? The Internet is full of misinformation about the safety of vaccines. For scientific evidence on vaccine safety, these are my favorite websites:
My favorite book on vaccine hesitancy is by Dr. Paul Offit, who is a vaccine expert in Philadelphia. This book is called Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.
The CDC has an excellent resource, titled The Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations that features a “Frequently Asked Questions” section with practical, down-to-earth responses to common questions.
Are you planning to go on a trip to a foreign country and want to stay healthy? Check out this website for the latest recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.
The Doctor Yum Project
I learned about this healthy eating project from one of my pediatric conventions. This project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps kids eat healthier. There are several tools such as Doctor Yum's MealMaker Machine and Our Yummy Recipes. To find out more about this, go to their website at doctoryum.org.
This is an excellent text support for moms who are expecting and for children in their first year. It includes a text on prenatal care, signs and symptoms of labor, nutrition, breastfeeding, safety, baby's development, and more. Best of all, it is free!
To sign up, text BABY to 511411.
For more information, the website is http://www.text4baby.org/.
A Great Website for Parents
This is a website for parents through my organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's a great website containing lots of information on development, healthy living, safety, and immunizations.
Motor Delay Tool
Are you worried about your child’s physical development? Does you child’s ability to sit, stand, walk or reach seem different than physical activities performed by other children of the same age? This online tool by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children screens for physical developmental delay. Go to http://motordelay.aap.org/ to use this tool.
KIPC (Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition)
You can find out about KIPC through the State of Hawaii Department of Health's website. It's a great resource on car seat safety, safe sleep, teen driving, bicycle safety, water safety, poison prevention, suicide prevention, sports safety, and legislative issues. It's mission is "To Prevent and Reduce Injuries to Children of Hawaii." The thing I like about it is the calendar of free child safety seat check-ups around the island. To check out this website, go to http://kipchawaii.org/.
Safe Sex 808
This is a website that answers your questions on how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and AIDS, in addition to unplanned pregnancy. The website is http://safesex808.org/
Infant Risk Center
The Infant Risk Center based at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is the world’s leading research center for medication safety during pregnancy and lactation. There is a hotline if you have questions about OTC (over the counter) or prescription medications while pregnant or nursing. The number is 1(806)352-2519 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Central Standard Time which is a 5 hour difference, so it is 3 am to 12 noon Hawaii Standard Time). The website is https://www.infantrisk.com/.