Helpful Websites for Parents
Capital BlueCross provides our members with information related to living a healthy life.
Providing parents with health and wellness resources can help you to make informed choices that may improve you and your family's health. Below are links to various websites that address questions many parents ask.
Your Family's Health
|Our 24-hour nurse line is staffed by registered nurses here in Pennsylvania. You can either talk to a nurse or hear an audio recording about any health question you have. Have your child's membership card on hand and call toll free 800.452.BLUE any day of the year.|
|Family Doctor||Your family health encyclopedia created and maintained by the Academy of Family Physicians.|
|Parents' Guide to Kids' Vaccines||This Food and Drug Administration website describes the vaccines your child should have to reduce risk for childhood diseases. Included are benefits and risks, what the vaccines are and what they are for, and how to get the vaccine for your child.|
|KidsHealth||As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.|
|Medline||Parenting tips, parents' survival guides, dos, don'ts, shoulds and shouldn'ts - new ones come out daily. A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.|
|Activity Pages||Age appropriate activity books for downloading and printing designed to help your child learn about physical activity and nutrition created by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.|
|Kids.gov||A list of every US government website with kids' topics designed for children in kindergarten to the eighth grade.|
Emergency and Urgent Care
Knowing when to take your child to an emergency room can be a hard decision. Be prepared for emergencies: learn what problems need emergency room care and which can be treated by your child's primary care physician or an urgent care center. Discover other measures that will help provide your child with the best care possible in an emergency.
- When should you take your child to the emergency room? (English / Español)
Give children the opportunity to experience active indoor and outdoor play to explore their environment. This will help them develop muscle control, balance, coordination, strength, eye-hand coordination and other related skills.
- Healthy Physical Activities for Infants and Toddlers 0-3 (English)
- Actividades Físicas Saludables para Infantes y Niños Pequeños Edades do 0 a 3 Años (Español)
|Free 'n Fit!SM||
A Capital BlueCross Healthy Lifestyle Management program for CHIP children and their parents.Free 'n Fit! provides you with the tools you and your child need to improve your nutrition and fitness levels. You'll benefit from FREE health coaching and health education over the phone by trained Healthyroads nutrition and activity coaches. You and your child can be involved in the program together. There are no classes to attend.
|Penn State Nutrition Links||The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides limited resource families with education, practical skills, and the support they need to change unheatlty eating behaviors and discover a healthier lifestyle.|
|MyPlate||Check out USDA's latest, and easier to understand, nutrition guidelines.|
|Supertracker||A quick access to food information. Find the calories and MyPyramid food groups for a food, or compare two foods.|
|Cooking with Kids||Include your kids in meal preparation with these free recipes. They will learn about nutrition, learn to cook, and bond with you.|
|Poison Prevention||Keep your family safe from household poisons. Learn what to do if your child ingests a poison. The national local poison control number: 1-800-222-1222|
|Safe Kids||Raising safe kids, one stage at a time.|
|Car Seat Safety||Make sure your child has the right car seat and it is installed correctly.|
|How to Prevent Medical Emergencies||A site provided by the American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation. This page has safety checklists for keeping your family safe at home and school as well as instructions for building a great First Aid Kit.|
|Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency||Learn how to recognize a medical emergency and how to handle it. This site is created by the American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation.|
|Disaster Preparation||How to plan for a family or natural disaster.|
|NetCetera||Net Cetera covers what parents need to know, where to go for more information, and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.|
Keeping a Record
|Health Guide||Kids don't come with instruction manuals, but sometimes it would be easier if they did! Whether you're a first-time parent or a savvy parent of four, the Capital BlueCross Child Health Guide provides a concise, informative resource for your family with facts about immunizations, when to call the doctor, and other important child health issues.|
Good to Know
|COMPASS||Find information on Pennsylvania Health and Human Service programs or benefits for which your family may qualify. Health and Human Services may be able to help you pay for home energy bills, childcare, health care, school lunches, or groceries.|
|Food Bank||Is your family hungry? Or do you know someone who needs help putting groceries on the table? Find locations and hours of operation for a Central Pennsylvania Food Bank near you.|