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healthychildren.org

HealthyChildren.org is a recommended resources that provides pediatrician-approved child health resources including information on the various childhood life stages, articles on healthy living, safety and prevention tips, and overviews of common health conditions.

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Review Date: 4/24/2018

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Ease of Use

Site is helpfully organized by a category toolbar that includes sections based on broad categories including stages of childhood development. That being said, the website can be difficult to navigate. The master list of relevant articles, where a majority of the site's content can be found, is a collection of random articles organized alphabetically by title rather than topic. This can make locating specific information tedious.

Visual Design

Professional design, but there's a general lack of multimedia on the site aside from the homepage. The use of color is subtle and appropriate, guiding users across the page nicely. However, visitors are sure to notice the website's font; it's unecessarily bold and harsh on the eyes, especially on the website's many text-heavy pages.

Quality

There is a well-balanced range of useful information that is primarily written for parents and caretakers. Some topics will be useful to older children and young adults as well. General information about the site states that some of the information comes from the American Academy of Pediatricians guidelines or special committee recommendations. Unfortunately individual articles are not referenced very well, but they do provide additional resources and related information.

Credibility

Articles are produced and reviewed by subject-matter expert pediatrician members of the AAP. Not all of the articles credit the individual author, but they do show dates of last update. Most are recent, although some are more than 2 years old by name.

Pros

  1. Comprehensive coverage of a wide range of issues from prenatal expectations to preparing your young adult for college
  2. Covers general information related to childhood health as well as more specific guidance on common parenting issues
  3. Content is easily read and understood

Cons

  1. Users will have to do some digging if they are looking for specific material
  2. Writing style is more detatched than comparable sites

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The American Academy of Pediatrics, a nonprofit professional organization of pediatricians founded in 1930

Accreditations: HON seal (May 2018)

Additional Features: Immunization schedules, mobile apps, expert Q&A, find a pediatrician tool, symptom checker, e-magazine, newsletters, webinars

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: info@healthychildren.org

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