Dr. Todd Harris

 July 29, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s Topic: With the completion of both political party conventions, let’s lighten the mood and look at resources intended to help us all…

Be Prepared for Threatening Weather

RCAM Approved Resource

 

Getting your family prepared for a disaster

From HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for handling a disaster – both before and after

 

Helping your child cope

Again from HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for helping children with general coping skills

 

Natural Disaster and Severe Weather

The CDC website has cataloged information about specific types of natural disasters and severe weather

 

Ready.gov

Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters”

 

Ready Kids

Ready.gov has a version of its website created with a younger reader in mind

 


Dr. Lily Harris

 May 23, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s topic:

Breastfeeding and Lactation

RCAM Approved Resource

Our Lactation Consultants

  • We offer lactation support practically every weekday at both Duraleigh and Brier Creek office locations from certified lactation consultants
  • They also provide support by phone when you can’t be seen in person
  • Come in early and often – our lactation consultants are quick to acknowledge that “breastfeeding Is natural and best for baby but often doesn’t always come easy; come in early and often
  • Participating in a breastfeeding class before your baby is born is a helpful first step (many listed below)

Nursing Mothers of Raleigh

nursingmothersofraleigh.org

  • Volunteer mothers
  • Provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers
  • They offer in home support, phone support, online resources, and free local meetings

Rex Lactation Services

rexhealth.com/rh/care-treatment/womens-health/maternity/breastfeeding-support

Phone: 919-784-3224

  • Prenatal and postnatal classes
  • In-Hospital Lactation Store where they offer breastfeeding supplies, hospital-grade pump rental, and bra-fitting services for nursing bras

WakeMed Lactation Services

wakemed.org/landing.cfm?id=1886

Phone: 919-350-5742

  • Free breastfeeding support groups meeting in three different locations
  • Breastfeeding classes and online education about breastfeeding
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rental

Mothers’ Milk Bank-WakeMed

wakemed.org/landing.cfm?id=135

Phone: 919-350-8599

Email: mothersmilkbank@wakemed.org

  • Non-profit milk bank
  • Provides safe donor milk to premature babies in hospitals all along the eastern coast
  • Their website offers information about donating breast milk
  • Outpatient dispensing of donor milk is available when supply permits.

ZipMilk

zipmilk.org

  • Simply plug in your zip code to find breastfeeding support that is close to you

WIC

wakegov.com/humanservices/family/wic/Pages/default.aspx

Phone: 919-250-4720, Option 6

  • Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
  • Intended for breastfeeding mothers that qualify for the WIC program
  • Breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish
  • Breastfeeding peer counselors
  • Breast pumps for rent
  • In-home support, phone support, and other resources

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance

nctba.org

  • Organization of healthcare professional working together to care for breastfeeding families in the triangle
  • Although the website is geared more towards medical professionals, it does offer breastfeeding education including prenatal breastfeeding information, tips for new breastfeeding mothers, working mothers breastfeeding, and breastfeeding humor

Dr. Todd Harris

Parent Resources: Immunizations

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

 March 21, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s topic:

Information About Vaccines

RCAM Approved Resource

Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website provides a wide range of vaccine information for providers and parents.

From the AAP through healthychildren.org

Vaccine topics presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way can be found here.

Checkout just a few of its features:

Immunization Action Coalition

  • Vaccineinformation.orgFor parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
  • Immunize.orgThis is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.

Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH)

I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease (PKIDS)

From their mission statement: “PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.”

Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

CHOP’s official website includes this section about vaccines that “provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.”

Vaccines.org

“The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.”

Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Information Statements

Provides possible health consequences of non-vaccination and possible side effects of each vaccine


Dr. Lily Harris

March 4, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children is beginning a new, regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

The best resources are:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

 

Today’s topic:

General Pediatric Medical Information

RCAM Approved Resource

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP official website has many professional resources for pediatricians but also includes the latest pediatric health news and research, numerous educational brochures and childcare books.

 

HealthyChildren

A parent-oriented website launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics with up-to-date health advice for parents and caregivers including development, nutrition, and safety. There are many topics listed and navigating the site to find what you are looking for is pretty easy. They also have health apps for your phone and e-magazines available for subscription.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC official website provides information needed for travel health, tracking infectious diseases such as flu, vaccine information, and preparing for natural disasters.

 

KidsHealth

This website is sponsored by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, it describes itself as providing “information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.” It touts four websites in one, with distinct portals designed for: 1) Parents, 2) Kids, 3) Teens, and 4) Educators. The first three portals (Parents, Kids, and Teens) are available in Spanish.

 

American Academy of Pediatric Dentists

The AAPD official website has a lot of information about pediatric dental health

 

Check back often to hear about the best resources – both online and  local to the Raleigh area – to help keep your child healthy and provide support for children’s parents and caregivers.

Updated 03/04/2016