Oh no, your kiddo has a runny nose and a cough. What could it be this time? Before rushing off to the doctor’s office, it pays to do a little research into your kid’s symptoms. With thousands of health-related websites and smartphone apps to choose from, finding the best can be daunting. We checked in with local doctors to find out which sites they recommend—and use themselves. Kristen Russell of Seattle Magazine writes:

I want trustworthy general medical information
Nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

The National Institutes of Health’s website offers very good general health information and a good place to start for health-related searches.

I just heard a troubling health news report and want to find out if it’s true
healthnewsreview.org

A media watchdog website that casts a critical eye on television and other media reports, via a team of more than two dozen physicians, professors of medicine and health journalists.

I want to investigate my child’s symptoms
Swedish Kids Symptom Checker

Swedish hospital’s site for parents offers quick advice for coping with a wide variety of children’s symptoms, including possible causes and home treatments, and when to seek professional help.

I need reliable info about child health, safety and development
healthychildren.org

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ website is packed with information, tips and tools for parents, including a symptom checker, pediatrician Q&As, safety checklists and more.

Check out the rest of the list over at Seattle Magazine.

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