These online resources, which cover diverse topics including cold and flu, gastrointestinal problems,immunization, and pediatric pain, can be helpful for pharmacists and the parents they counsel.
Condition ResouRCes: Cold & Flu
Pharmacy Times’ Cold and Flu Condition Center offers the latest information on cold and flu that is geared toward pharmacy practice. Original articles cover the most recent research, counseling guidelines, and vaccination updates for children and adults. Links to the latest news and recent clinical trials keep visitors in the know about upcoming drugs and condition information, while also including links to pertinent medical conferences. A selection of videos and podcasts round out the selection and provide additional resources for the upcoming cold and flu season.
GastroKids, created by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, includes information on pediatric digestive disorders. The website offers resources on diagnosis, treatment, and management, as well as patient- and parent-centered information. In addition to covering common digestive disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease, it offers an alphabetical topic section and sections on nutrition and obesity. A features section contains information on each disease, and the website offers a clinician locator and links to related foundations and associations.
Immunization Action Commission
Immunizing pharmacists will appreciate resources from the Immunization Action Coalition, which works in concert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals.” Among the resources offered are links to recommendations and resources from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, FDA, World Health Organization, and state and local public health departments; an Ask the Experts section focused on vaccine administration; and indexes of information broken down into specific disease type, including chicken pox, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, and tetanus.
Coughs, colds, sore throats, and allergies: pharmacists often field questions from parents looking for OTC remedies for these and other pediatric ailments. OTCGuide.net shares the results of Pharmacy Times’ 2012 Survey of Pharmacists’ OTC Recommendations and provides a resource for both patients and health care professionals who are looking for expert opinions about OTC products. In addition to recommendations for pediatric products, the website includes information on a variety of health cate_ gories, including pain and inflammation, vitamins and supplements, women’s health, first aid, and more.
Pediatric Pain Management Toolbox
This website, from Emergency Medical Services for Children, is geared toward health professionals to increase their knowledge and recognition of pain in children. The site focuses on pain symptoms, immediate and longterm consequences of untreated childhood pain, and resources for clinicians treating children with pain. It includes example practices with management models, links to research from recognized medical organizations, and a database feature where providers can search the latest research. The site also includes resources that can be shared with families and caregivers to increase their knowledge of pain in children as well as information on managing it.
www.childrensnational.org/emsC/ PubRes/oldtoolboxPages/ PediatricPain.aspx
Skin Problems in Children
Visitors to this section of the Johns Hopkins Medicine website will find a rundown of information about common childhood skin problems that spans from birth to adolescence. Entries for each condition include information on causes and symptoms, as well as the available OTC, prescription, and inpatient procedures that can be used for treatment. The resource includes a variety of common childhood conditions, from diaper rash and cradle cap to acne and poison ivy, as well as less frequently handled items, like birthmarks or insect and animal bites. Each entry includes links to other relevant pediatric health topics.