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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

Transition of Care: Diabetes

Most teens with diabetes should transition to an adult health care provider when they're between 18 and 21 years old. Here's how parents can help them do that.

What Is Interventional Radiology (IR)?

Interventional radiology (IR) is a way for doctors to treat problems like vascular anomalies and tumors.

What's a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?

You might be surprised to learn that not all physicians have the letters MD after their names. Some have the letters DO (doctor of osteopathy).

What's a Nurse Practitioner?

What are nurse practitioners, and how do they differ from medical doctors?

What's a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

PCPs are health care providers that offer routine checkups, vaccines, and non-emergency medical care. Learn more about PCPs and how to choose a great one.

When and Where to Get Medical Care

Should you head to the ER when your child is hurt or ill? What about an urgent care center? Different problems need different levels of care, and you have many options.

When Your Child Outgrows Pediatric Care

Help your teen or young adult make the transition from pediatric health care to adult health care. Get tips on finding a new doctor and getting health insurance.

When Your Child's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

It can be stressful whenever kids are in the hospital — and even more so when they're admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A basic understanding of the PICU can help you feel better prepared to help your child recover.

Who's Who in the Hospital

Parents are likely to be stressed when a child is hospitalized, and questions about the people providing medical care and what roles they play can add to the confusion. Our guide can help.