Your child is sick or hurt and the first thought on your mind is, “How can I make my child better?” No parent wants his or her child to suffer. So how do you decide what medicines to give or treatments to try?

Aside from your pediatrician, what sources can you trust? Commercials and magazine ads claim products help and heal. Websites claim to have “cutting-edge” health information. TV programs and newspapers report on the “latest” studies showing which treatments work and don’t work. One challenge of parenting is sorting through all available information about children’s health. Some sources can be trusted, while others should be questioned.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the language of advertisers, good science, questioning your sources, and evaluating new treatments or medicines.

Advertisers try many ways to get you to buy the products they are selling. They may use certain...

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