Recommended

WebMD – Children’s Health Center

WebMD - Children's Health Center has excellent coverage of health & wellness in children, including developmental, behavioral, discipline, & safety issues, developing healthy habits, and nutrition. Sections on "Childhood Symptoms," "Common Problems," and "Chronic Conditions" discuss some childhood diseases, but the content is limited. The site is recommended for its valuable and detailed content about keeping children healthy, but other sites cover childhood diseases & conditions in more detail.

WebMD logo

Visit their website

Review Date: 4/15/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The homepage has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the site is one of the more difficult medical websites to navigate.

Visual Design

The pages are cluttered with a flurry of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Worse, many of those choices are not specific to pediatrics. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

Parents will find an abundance of health & wellness content, but childhood diseases & conditions information will require other pediatric sites to fill the gap. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others, but overall this is a great site for parents.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing & review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so parents can be assured that they have credible information to help them care for their children.

Pros

  1. Valuable and detailed information concerning health & wellness in children
  2. Helpful sections on dental care, fitness, parenting skills, and vaccinations
  3. Links to additional information and important resources

Cons

  1. Disease & conditions sections lacks breadth and topics seem arbitrarily chosen
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many of which are irrelevant, without any filtering options
  4. Need to navigate multiple pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News listed by date, top picks, or trends, blogs, video library, slideshow, support services & other resources, quizzes, Q&A, links to related articles, message boards, find a pediatrician

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

Health Web Navigator