Health Education Resources
St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) offers a wealth of resources to both families and physicians. Many of these resources are available for physicians to use on their own Websites, social media or in their offices, thus providing their patients with pediatric health information from a trusted source.
Among the SLCH resources available are:
- Online health information - StLouisChildrens.org/healthinfo: More than 5,000 pages of pediatric health and wellness information, allow parents to access expert knowledge about illnesses, medical procedures, and normal growth and development. Also available are three-dimensional medical animations and quizzes that allow parents to test their knowledge.
- Kids Today newsletter: This quarterly publication provides parents with the most current pediatric health and wellness information, with coverage ranging from medical conditions like strep throat, concussion and diaper rash to topics like nutrition, safety and kid-friendly activities. Physician offices can receive 25 copies of Kids Today delivered quarterly for placement in their waiting rooms by calling 800.678.HELP (4357). Kids Today Monthly offers the same monthly content as an e-newsletter that allows parents to easily share information with others.
- KidCare app: This FREE smartphone or tablet app, available for both Android and iPhone, helps parents determine if their children need to be seen by a physician immediately or if it is safe to treat them at home until the doctor’s office opens. This is especially helpful when illness occurs during a vacation or on a holiday weekend. Parents can also call their primary care provider or the Answer Line directly from the app.
- Social media
YouTube - YouTube.com/ChildrensHospitalSTL: Over 450 videos provide patient education, details about pediatric specialties and conditions, and information about the hospital’s services and procedures.
Facebook - Facebook.com/STLChildrens: Up-to-date information on what’s happening at SLCH, patient stories and a Health Tip of the Week.
Twitter - @STL_Kids: Answer Line nurses offer current health information and tips
Twitter - @STLChildrens: News, patient stories and conversation trends.
Children’s MomDocs blog - ChildrensMD.org: Washington University School of Medicine and SLCH pediatric hospitalists write about their own experiences as physicians and moms to educate parents on topics such as safe sleep, concussions and dog bites. Their roles as both moms and physicians allow them to offer a unique perspective on relevant concerns for all parents.
SLCH staff blog - FromTheBedside.org: This site allows nurses, physicians and other caregivers an opportunity to talk about the emotional impact patients and families have on them and how, as caregivers, their lives are changed. It’s their chance to say “thanks” to those they serve.
- The Family Resource Center at SLCH - The Center offers visitors a comprehensive health information library that includes books, pamphlets, videos and other resources. In addition, customized health information packets on specific topics can be requested by families online.
For more information about the health education resources available at Children’s Hospital, contact Children’s Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357).