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Health and safety quick links for parents


The American Academy of Pediatrics, a long-standing resource for parents, launched www.healthychildren.org in February. A free breast-feeding guide is available for moms who register on the site, while supplies last.

The World Health Organization is a multinational group which works closely with the United Nations. Like the AAP, the WHO provides instruction on children’s wellness. The site can be overwhelming without searching a specific issue.

AAP and WHO recommendations are similar but not identical. For example, both groups agree infants ideally should be exclusively breast-fed for the first six months before supplementing with food. However, they describe weaning differently. The AAP suggests nursing for at least one year; the WHO recommends “up to two years of age or beyond.”

Quick links for parents