Starfish Pediatrics knows that the more information patients have about health care, the better they can make decisions about what is best for them and their families. Take a moment and look at the links below.
American Academy of Pediatrics:
The American Academy of Pediatrics is a national organization of pediatricians whose mission is to provide a standard of accepted medical care for infants, children, and adolescents. The AAP helps set our national immunization policy, our schedule of wellness care visits, and our framework for doing routine screening tests. They also publish policy statements on hundreds of health and safety issues, provide medical educational materials for both parents and medical professionals, and serve as advocates for children in legislative matters.
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. In addition to use in pediatric practice, many states implement Bright Futures principles, guidelines and tools to strengthen the connections between state and local programs, pediatric primary care, families, and local communities. Whether you are a health care or public health professional, a parent, or a child advocate, Bright Futures offers many different resources for your use in improving and maintaining the health of all children and adolescents.
American Academy of Otolaryngology:
Search this website under the Kids E.N.T. section to learn more about the placement of ear tubes, removal of the tonsils or adenoids, or for other general information about the treatment of ear, nose, and throat disorders. If your child may need an E.N.T. procedure, please let our providers help direct you to a surgeon who is competent and conservative in their treatment approach.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the federal government’s agency in charge of controlling infectious disease outbreaks. They work together with other organizations such as the AAP to set our immunization policy. Another service provided by the CDC is keeping track of disease outbreaks worldwide to provide information to travelers about any special vaccines or other precautions. If your family is planning foreign travel, please click on this section of their website, www.cdc.gov/travel, at least one month in advance to see if we need to assist you with vaccines or precautionary medications.
The Food Allergy &Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
The mission of this organization is to promote public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all of those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. FAAN publishes several newsletters and provides books, booklets, videos, and other products that parents find useful in helping them raise children with food allergies.
National Institutes of Health:
The National Institutes of Health is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This website provides an A-Z index of health resources, clinical trials, health news and events, and scientific resources for all age groups.
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
NASPGHAN strives to improve the care of infants, children and adolescents with digestive disorders by promoting advances in clinical care, research and education. This organization consists of more than 800 pediatric gastroenterologists who provide care for diseases like reflux, peptic ulcers, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, failure to thrive, and many other disorders. NASPGHAN has a sister organization called the Children’s Digestive Health & Nutrition Foundation, www.cdhnf.org, which is geared to provide information to the general public about gastrointestinal diseases.