Tips for Parents: Find Medical Advice Online
How to separate the information from the misinformation―especially crucial when it comes to your children’s health.
- Find out if your doctor’s office has a website. Many offices publish validated information from other sources.
- Check patient-oriented sites, such as that of the American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org/parents.html) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (familydoctor.org).
- Look for sites associated with children’s hospitals or medical centers, such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- Exhausted the dot-org sites? Health.com, a sister site of RealSimple.com, and WebMD.com (children.webmd.com) are other good sources of reliable information.