The internet is an excellent source of information. However, the internet can be very onfusing and at times incomplete, misleading, or even inaccurate. We hope that you will find the following information helpful.
Start your search by looking for sites hosted by a specialty organization (i.e., American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics).
Internet sites with information will most likely come from websites whose uniform resource locator (URL) includes the following:
- .edu ‐ educational institution
- .mil ‐ the military
- .lib ‐ the library
- .com ‐ commercial site
- .org ‐ not for profit organization
Another important thing to look at is the date of the information. A health website should be updated monthly.
The following websites are a few we recommend using:
- AAP.org (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- CDC.gov (Center for Disease Control)
Lastly, use common sense, be skeptical. Information that sounds too good to be true, most likely isn’t true!! Many times the websites will give “worst case” scenarios on diagnoses. Remember, this may or may not be the case for your child. Please do not hesitate to ask your child’s nurse or physician for further clarification.