Pregnancy and Newborns
Text4Baby – from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
Text4Baby provides free text messages containing information mothers-to-be need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service online or by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
Pregnancy and Newborns, KidsHealth.org from the Nemours Foundation
Take care of yourself and your growing family by getting the advice that all new parents and parents-to-be need. Read about babyproofing your home, preventing SIDS, how to stay healthy during pregnancy, coping with colic, what to expect on the first day of life, and much more.
Whether you’re dreaming of motherhood, trying to conceive, or already pregnant, the “Healthy Pregnancy” section of WomensHealth.gov will help you learn what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start to life. WomensHealth.gov is a service of the National Women’s Health Information Center, a part of the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
MyPyramid for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
This interactive site from the USDA is designed to help women understand their special nutritional needs during pregnancy and nursing. It has advice to help both mom and baby stay healthy.
La Leche League International
La Leche League International strives to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. As an international organization, La Leche League provides resources in multiple languages.
GotMom is a clever twist on the popular “got milk” advertising campaign. This easy-to-use site is produced by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to provide breastfeeding information and resources for mothers and families.
How to Talk With Your Child’s Doctor
KidsHealth from the Nemours Foundation includes information on talking with your child’s doctor.
The premier, online resource for kids health information, KidsHealth is divided into three main sections: Parents, Kids, and Teens. Each section has significant content available in Spanish, accessible by clicking the En Espanol button (bottom of left sidebar).
Children’s Growth Calculator
Here is an easy to use calculator from the Magic Foundation to assess your child’s growth. The step-by-step guide will help you get accurate measurements.
Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts for Children and Teens (Health Check Tool)
Learn if your child has a healthy growth and development pattern by using this BMI Calculator from KidsHealth. Calculate your child’s body mass index (BMI) to compare their weight with height and age, and get more information on what these figures mean.
Limit Tube Time and Get Your Kids Moving
This page provides tips for parents to get kids to reduce time in front of the TV, computer or video screen.
MyPyramid for Kids
MyPyramid is an interactive site to help users learn about nutrition, healthy eating habits, and the role of physical activity in maintaining a healthy weight. The site includes sections for kids (age 6-11) and for preschoolers (age 2-5).
When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?
A chart with schedules for all vaccinations, ages 6 months to 18 years of age, from the Immunization Action Coalition, in cooperation with the CDC.
CDC List of Web Sites for Kids and Teens
The Family Health section of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site provides a great list of health-related sites intended especially for this age group.
Contains a marvelous wealth of links to excellent resources for families concerning marital relationships and the health, education, and psychosocial development of children (ages 0-18). Browsing may be more effective than searching; begin by clicking on the appropriate age category.
Child & Family WebGuide
This directory of web resources on children (ages 0-18) and parenting from Tufts University may be browsed by age of child or via the categories of Parenting, Education, Child Development, Health, Medical Sites, and Others.
This comprehensive site (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) for parenting kids from prenatal until adulthood covers diseases, staying healthy, mental and social concerns, school problems, and safety. Parents of prospective and new teen drivers will appreciate the site’s “Teen Driving Agreement.”
Bright Futures Family Materials
Bright Futures is a child health initiative from Georgetown University. Many of the materials here are easy-to-read and available in Spanish. The site includes activities sheets for kids, nutrition information for children as they grow, and family tip sheets.