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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

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

Anesthesia - What to Expect

Here's a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after your child gets anesthesia.

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 hard, 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.

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.

Sedation

Sedation is the use of medicines to help someone relax and not feel pain during a medical procedure.

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.