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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.

Health Care Resources and Information

Anesthesia - What to Expect

Here's a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after on the day of your child's operation or procedure.

Anesthesia Basics

Knowing the basics of anesthesia may help answer your questions and ease some concerns — both yours and your child's.

Electronic Health Records

Many health institutions digitally store their patients' health information. Learn about electronic health records (EHRs) and how they can improve health care.

Financial Planning for Kids With Disabilities

These steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child's financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you're gone.

How to Find Affordable Health Care

Finding coverage for your kids may be difficult, but it's not impossible. Many kids are eligible for government or community programs, even if their parents work. Learn what resources are available to your family.

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.

Preparing Your Child for Anesthesia

If your child needs to have an operation, you probably have plenty of questions, many of them about anesthesia.

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.

Types of Anesthesia

Here's a basic look at what each kind of anesthesia does.

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.