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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.

Caring for Your Child

How Can I Find a New Doctor for My Child?

Find out what the experts say.

How to Shop for Health Insurance

The government's healthcare marketplace, or exchange, is the new way to shop for health insurance. But just how do you find the best coverage and sign up? Get answers here.

How to Take Your Child's Pulse

Need to check your child's heart rate? Follow our guide and check with your doctor if you have questions.

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body's organs and structures.

Managing Home Health Care

When kids need intensive health care after they're discharged from the hospital, family and caregivers should learn about the devices, equipment, and support they'll need.

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.

Relaxation Techniques for Children With Serious Illness

Help ease your child's pain and anxiety with these exercises, complete with step-by-step instructions.

Talking to Your Child's Doctor

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

Ventricular Assist Device

A ventricular assist device is a mechanical pump that takes over for the heart and pumps blood. This can give a weak or injured heart time to heal or support someone as they wait for a heart transplant.