The job of being a parent or caregiver comes with a lot of questions: "Why is the sky blue?" "Can I color on the walls?" "What is a healthy diet for my child?" "What do I do if my son eats toothpaste?"
At Novant Health Forsyth Pediatrics, we are here to answer many of your questions. We have also compiled the resources below so you can find accurate answers on your own. But when it comes to coloring on walls, that's up to you to decide!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers up-to-date information about a variety of pediatric diseases and conditions including ADHD, asthma, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and birth defects and developmental disabilities. The website is a great resource for understanding these conditions and learning about ways to treat or manage them.
Many household items can be dangerous if your child ingests or touches them. Carolinas Poison Center is available online or by phone 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide guidance. Call 800-222-1222.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is one of the foremost national authorities on children's health. The organization offers information about vaccines, childhood injuries and illnesses, and other tools to help parents make educated decisions about their children's health care.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development offers information about some of the biggest health concerns affecting children and young adults across our country.
Kidshealth.org presents health information for parents, children and teens. This is a great site for your children and young adults to explore health issues that interest them.
When choosing healthy foods for your family, choosemyplate.gov is great place to start! This resource from the United States Department of Agriculture explains healthy eating in a child-friendly way so your family can choose the healthiest food options and have fun while doing it!
Health & wellness literature
Our extensive collection of pediatric health and wellness literature provides valuable information to parents on issues that affect their children. To stay better informed of important health-related issues at every stage in a child's life, ask one of our providers for complimentary materials on any of the following topics:
- Choking and CPR
- Handling the Baby Blues
- Instructions for newborn and infant care
- Keys to poison prevention and emergency first aid
- Recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule
- Safety for your child (categorized by age groups)
- Understanding ADHD
- Understanding and treating colic in your baby
- What you need to know about your child's vaccinations
Healthy Family Program
The Healthy Family Program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center works not only with adolescents but with parents and caregivers as well to help the entire family be more active and enjoy a healthier diet.