Website All About Child Health -- in Spanish06/03/13
MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Language difficulties may
prevent Hispanic parents living in the United States from learning
all they can about child health. Now they have a new option: a
Spanish-language website launched by a leading group of
The American Academy of Pediatrics' new website, known as
HealthyChildren.org en Espanol, offers general information about
children's health, answers to parents' specific pediatric problems
and insight on disease prevention and treatment.
"Until now there has never been a reliable Spanish-language resource I could recommend to the Spanish-speaking parents whose children I care for," Dr. Joanna Betancourt, an AAP spokeswoman, said in an academy release. "With the launch of HealthyChildren.org en Espanol, pediatricians can direct Hispanic families online to find culturally relevant information based on their children's ages and health topics."
The website, explained in detail in the June 3 online edition of
Pediatrics, is an effort to address the health needs of
Hispanics -- the largest minority in the United States. There are
several interactive tools and features on the website,
- KidsDoc Symptom Checker: This allows parents to enter
information on their child's symptoms. Parents and caregivers can
also learn how to distinguish between a minor illness that can be
treated at home and something more serious that needs medical
- Ask the Pediatrician: A tool that allows parents to ask a
question or read a list of other common questions.
- Find a Pediatrician: A tool that helps parents find a local,
Spanish-speaking AAP-member pediatrician.
- Ages & Stages: Information on the health issues and
developmental milestones of children of all ages.
- Healthy Living: Current guidelines on fitness, sports, oral
health, emotional wellness and nutrition.
- Safety & Prevention: Parents and caregivers learn how to
prepare for health issues that can develop at home, in school or on
the go. This section also provides detailed information on
- Health Issues: An A-to-Z list of more than 300 health care
"Given the growth of the Hispanic online market, HealthyChildren.org en Espanol was created to help meet the demand for readily available child health information in Spanish," Dr. Thomas McInerny, AAP president, said in the news release. "It is more than just an information portal; it is a virtual extension of the pediatrician whom Hispanic parents have always turned to as a trusted source of advice."
HealthyChildren.org en Espanol is partly supported by Procter
& Gamble's Safe Home Campaign, Kellogg Co., and Merck &
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about
children's health en Espanol.
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