Children’s Hospital Boston Web Site Adds Comprehensive Childhood Health Resource

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The “My Child Has” search feature on the Children's Hospital Boston Web site offers an encyclopedic database of information on childhood illnesses and conditions, tips on preventive care, as well as explanations of treatments, procedures, and diagnostic tests, with links from each entry to the appropriate clinical departments and programs within the hospital.

Keeping children healthy and safe is a top priority for parents, one made more difficult by the naturally curious and fearless nature of kids. And it can be especially difficult for parents and caregivers not equipped with all of the necessary information on health and safety issues. This is why Children’s Hospital Boston created “My Child Has,” a resource for families—no matter where they live—to better understand how to keep their children healthy and safe, and how to handle illnesses or emergencies when they arise.

The “My Child Has” search feature offers an encyclopedic database of information on childhood illnesses and conditions, tips on preventive care, as well as explanations of treatments, procedures, and diagnostic tests, with links from each entry to the appropriate clinical departments and programs within the hospital.

http://www.childrenshospital.org/mychildhas.cfm?topic=A

Entries assist parents in understanding such complex conditions as anorexia nervosa, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, spina bifida, short bowel syndrome, and brain tumors, as well as many others. Information on more common ailments and preventive measures is also included—from the common cold to influenza, splinters to burns, animal bites and scratches to acne, allergies and avoiding asthma triggers to infant nutrition, grief and bereavement to stuttering, growth rates to how to tell the difference between a minor problem vs. a true emergency, and much, much more.

Dr. James Mandell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Boston agrees that, “caring for a sick child can be a frightening, anxious time, especially if you don’t have a lot of information about what is causing your child’s illness. Which is why Children’s Hospital Boston offers this resource to parents online, available whenever and wherever they need it. While not meant to replace a visit to the doctor’s office, we hope the information on our site will provide guidance and peace of mind to parents as they seek to provide the best in healthcare for their child—a goal we share.”

Additional resources are available on Children’s Hospital Boston’s Web site at http://www.childrenshospital.org. One of the more popular features is “Arthur’s Guide to Children’s Hospital Boston,” available in both Spanish and English. This guide was created to answer questions children may have about going to the hospital and to help prepare the entire family for the visit. Designed to look and read like a school report by Arthur and his friends, the guide describes hospital experiences in simple terms, and covers in detail three types of visits: doctor’s visits, pre-operative visits, and hospital stays. Another frequently visited area is the “Experience Journal” where young patients and their families have shared their personal medical experiences. Parents can also request an appointment online. The site includes general information about the hospital, as well as a rich variety of resources about each department and specialty.

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is the nation's leading pediatric medical center, the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children, and the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. In addition to 347 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and comprehensive outpatient programs, Children's houses the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, nine members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. For more information about the hospital visit: http://www.childrenshospital.org.

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