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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Doctor & Hospital Visits

Intravenous Line (IV)

An intravenous line (IV) is a soft, flexible tube placed inside a vein, usually in the hand or arm. Doctors use them to give a person medicine or fluids.

Medical Care and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old

Regular visits help your teen's doctor keep track of changes in physical, mental, and social development. The doctor can also help your teen understand the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle.

Medical Care and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old

Regular well-child exams are essential to keeping kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against dangerous diseases. Here's what to expect at the doctor's office.

Medical Care and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old

Regular well-child exams are an important part of keeping kids healthy and up to date on immunizations against serious diseases. Find out what to expect at the doctor's office.

Medical Care and Your 6- to 12-Year-Old

Regular well-child exams are essential to keep kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations. Find out what to expect at the doctor's office.

Preparing Your Child for Visits to the Doctor

When kids know they're "going to the doctor," many become worried about the visit. Here's how to help them.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, irradiation, or X-ray therapy, is one of the most common forms of cancer treatment.

School-Based Health Centers

School-based health centers provide a range of services to meet kids' and teens' health care needs. Centers usually are inside a school building or right next door.

Talking to Your Child's Doctor

Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.

Telehealth

Telehealth is changing health care. Find out how things like video doctor visits can benefit you and your family.