Bayside Health Library

A very important part of Bayside’s mission is to inform you about health issues. Here in the Library, we try to give you good information that we have written ourselves, and to direct you to sites that we think are reliable.

Here are the sections of our library.

  1. General Sources for Pediatric Information
  2. Vaccine information
  3. Pediatric Health Topics
  4. Good books about children and children's health
  5. Preparing for the Hospital

1. General sources for pediatric information

These sites on the internet are like textbooks, with both information on general health issues, prevention, and information on specific illnesses.

Healthy Children, from the American Academy of Pediatrics
This is the AAP's website for parents and patients. The AAP is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It includes general information related to child health and specific guidelines concerning a wide range of pediatric issues.

Symptom Checker
Our Symptom Checker helps parents learn what they can do at home to manage illnesses, when to go to the doctor, and what signals they need for immediate medical attention.

KidsHealth presents a wealth of information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

Another good source of general information, especially strong on child development.

University of Michigan’s Pediatric Health Topics
An extensive and well-respected resource for a wide range of pediatric health topics, from C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan.

Up To Date - For Patients
A trusted source to learn more about medical conditions, better understand management and treatment options, and have a better dialogue with health care providers.

A Minute for Kids - Audio shorts
American Academy of Pediatrics’ short audio clips for parents, on a broad range of valuable pediatric topics.

CDC Travel Health
Information for travelers and their health-care providers about vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human development

Information on dubious health claims.

2. Vaccines

General vaccine information and resources:

Routine Vaccine Schedules, ages 0-6
This is the immunization schedule chart for parents, from the CDC, for ages 0-6 years.

Routine Vaccine Schedules, ages 7-18
This is the immunization schedule chart for parents, from the CDC, for ages 7-18 years.

Immunization Schedules
This is the full CDC webpage on all current vaccine schedules, a useful resource for both parents and clinicians.

CDC - Immunizations Website – Information for Healthcare Professionals and Patients
This is the CDC's main web page for vaccine information, for both healthcare professionals and patients, with links and current information related to all aspects of immunizations.

CDC - Immunizations - Information for Parents
This is the CDC's web page for vaccine information for parents, a useful resource for all types of information about childhood vaccines.

American Academy of Pediatrics - Immunization Information for Families
This is the AAP’s vaccine resource page for parents and healthcare professionals, including information on the safety and importance of vaccines -- as well as misconceptions, FAQs, and a wealth of other information.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
These are the patient handouts developed by the CDC which explain each of the vaccines and the diseases they prevent.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a respected source of information on vaccines, and has developed this comprehensive vaccine resource website.

Immunization Action Coalition: Vaccine Information for Heathcare Professionals
This is a comprehensive vaccine information site, designed for healthcare professionals but useful also for patients and parents.

Vaccinate Your Family
A campaign launched by “Every Child by Two”, an organization devoted to raising awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations.

Vaccine information for SKEPTICAL parents:

An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endagers Us All
"To hear his enemies talk, you might think Paul Offit is the most hated man in America..." This is a well-written article focused on Paul Offit, MD, who boldly refutes the anti-immunization movement. From Wired Magazine, October 2009.

What's the Real Story on the Vaccine Debate?
Another article in the same magazine issue, with useful links and information.

Cashing in On Fear: The Danger of Dr. Sears
This detailed article reviews Dr. Sear’s book on alternative vaccine schedules, discussing the flaws in his logic, as well as misinformation contained in his book that may lead parents to make the wrong decisions for their children.

Mercury, Thimerosal and Vaccines
This is the CDCs statement and information page, explaining the safety of vaccines and addressing these concerns.

Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Too Many Vaccines? What You Should Know
Information from the Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccines and Autism
From the Vaccine Education Center at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Pediatric health topics

Behavior and mental health

American Academy of Pediatric's "" site has a variety of articles on behavioral and mental health topics:

ADHD - Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AAP's article for parents on understanding ADHD

"Taking Charge of ADHD" by Russell Barkley, PhD
This is a great book by a noted ADHD expert who is board-certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and also Clinical Neuropsychology.

KidsHealth.Org: Emotions & Behavior
From Nemours: "Is it just a phase or a serious problem? Help your child cope with life's ups and downs, from dealing with divorce to preparing for new siblings. Or find out how to understand your child's behavior, whether it's toddler tantrums or teenage depression."

ANXIETY in children:

Teen Hotlines
Hotlines for suicide, sexual assault and rape, pregnancy, and self-injury.

Stop Bullying Now
Website for information about bullying.

Child Who Bites Others

Child Who Hurts Other Children

Temper Tantrums - How to Deal with Them

Sibling Rivalry Towards a New Baby

Sibling Grief Newsletter
Newsletter from the Association of Death Education and Counseling devoted to helping children and adults cope with the loss of a sibling.


KidsHealth.Org's site for Child Development & Growth
An extensive resource for child development topics, from Nemours. "What should you expect as your child grows? Learn how to understand and deal with your child's changing body and mind from infancy through the teen years."


Parent Hacks

"Raising Successful Children"
This is a NYTimes article about how best to help our children without "overparenting".

Exercise and sports

Sports health topics from AAP
Each article examines a sports-related condition and is designed for both physicians and parents.

Sports Medicine - Little League Pitching Guidelines
Pitching guidelines from AAP Sports Medicine site.


Introducing Solid Foods
Bayside's guidelines for starting your baby on solid foods at 4 months old
And here are some other Bayside handouts on nutrition:

Iron in Your Child's Diet

Vitamin D

Calcium: contributing to your bone bank

Good Foods on a Tight Budget
Tips and recipes from the Environmental Working Group: "EWG assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients. Enjoy!"
This is the new website filled with useful advice and recommendations on food groups, and dietary guidelines, with extensive resources and tips about healthy nutrition. From the USDA's recent press release:
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

The Food Allergy Network
Website devoted to food allergy resources

Center for Science in the Public Interest


The American Dietetic Association

Health Department Restaurant Inspections, Alameda County

Health Department Restaurant Inspections,Contra Costa County

Newborns and infants

Caring For a Newborn

Circumcision - After-Care for the Plastibell Method

Circumcision - After-Care for the Gomco Method

Sleeping through the night
Tips to help your baby learn to sleep through the night


TeenHealth from Nemours is a comprehensive resource for teens, including health and wellness information

Stress Management Tips for Teens
Tips for teen stress management

Gender and sexuality

It Gets Better Project
A website where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future ... a place where people can share their stories, take the "It Gets Better Project pledge", watch videos of love and support, and also seek help.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens
PFLAG's Website (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) with information and resources for GLBT people and their families.


When Latching

Breast Milk Collection & Storage

When You're Having Difficulty Nursing

Breast Care - Sore Nipples

Lead poisoning prevention

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, California Department of Public Health

Learn About Lead (English) (Spanish)

Simple Steps to Protect Your Child from Lead (English) (Spanish)

Lead in House Paint and Dirt Can Hurt Your Child (English) (Spanish)


Educational Publications

Illnesses and common conditions


ADHD - Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AAP's article for parents on understanding ADHD.

"Taking Charge of ADHD" by Russell Barkley, PhD
ADHD is a very complicated condition. There are many references to read, and some say that this book is the "cream of the crop." It's authored by a noted ADHD expert who is board-certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and also Clinical Neuropsychology.


The Food Allergy Network
Website devoted to food allergy resources


Asthma is one of the most common chronic medical conditions that we deal with in pediatrics. It can be mild or severe, persistent or sporadic, and a child can outgrow it or not. In any case, a child with asthma needs ongoing medical attention from us, even if the symptoms seem to be gone. Left untreated, chronic or persistent asthma symptoms – even if not severe – can cause chronic and night-time coughing, exercise intolerance, and also lead to lung problems.

A lot has been learned about asthma over the years, and we now have excellent medicines for treatment – both for acute symptoms and for the underlying inflammation which leads to asthma symptoms. That’s why we need to keep track of your child’s asthma – to see what can be done and what needs to be done.

Asthma Basics

Asthma: Avoiding Enviromental Triggers

Asthma Medications

Instructions For Asthma Medication Administration


Here are some references for children and adults to read about autism:

Autism references 4 to 8

  • All About My Brother: An Eight-Year-Old Sister's Introduction To Her Brother Who Has Autism; by Sarah Peralta, Edition APC, 2002
  • Andy and His Yellow Frisbee; by Mary Thompson; Woodbine House, 1996
  • Asperger's huh? A Child's Perspective; by Rosina Schnurr; Anisor, 1999
  • Autism; Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; KidHaven Press, 2005
  • Ian's Walk: A Story About Autism; by Laurie Lears; illustrated by Karen Ritz; Albert Whitman, 1998
  • My Social Stories Book; edited by Carol Gray; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002
  • When My Worries Get Too Big: A Relaxation Book for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders; by Kari Dunn Baron; Autism Asperger Publ Co, 2006

Autism references 9 to 12

  • Autism; Elaine Landau; Franklin Watts, 2001
  • Autism; by Carol Baldwin; Heinemann Library, 2002
  • Autism; Sarah Lennard-Brown; Raintree, 2004
  • Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide For Friends And Family; by Jude Welton; illustrated by Jane Telford, Jessica Kingsley, 2004
  • Caring for Myself; by Christy Gast and Jane Krug; photographs by Kotoe Laackman; Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008
  • Different Like Me: My Book Of Autism Heroes; Jennifer Elder; illustrations by Marc Thomas and Jennifer Elder; Jessica Kingsley, 2005
  • Mori's Story: A Book About a Boy With Autism; by Zachary M. Gartenberg; Lerner Publications Co., 1998 (for siblings)
  • To Be Me; by Rebecca Elinger: WPS Creative Therapy Store, 2005

Autism references teen

  • Asperger Download: A Guide to Help Teenage Males with Asperger Syndrome Trouble-Shoot Life's Challenges; by Joies Santomauro; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007
  • Asperger Syndrome: An Owner's Manual 2: For Older Adolescents and Adults: What You, Your Parents and Friends, and Your Employer, Need to Know; by Ellen Korin; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007
  • Coping With Asperger Syndrome; Maxine Rosaler; The Rosen Pub. Group, 2004
  • Everything You Need to Know When a Brother or Sister Is Autistic; Marsha S. Rosenberg; Rosen Pub. Group, 1999
  • My Strange and Terrible Malady; by Catherine Bristow; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2008
  • Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome; by Jerry Newport; Future Horizons, 2001

Autism references adult

  • Activity Schedules for Children with Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior; by Lynn McClannahan; Woodbine House, 2003
  • Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World; by Teresa Bolick; Fair Winds Press, 2001
  • Asperger Syndrome and Young Children: Building Skills for the Real World; For People Who Know and Care for 3-to-7-Year-Olds; by Teresa Bolick; Fair Winds Press, 2004
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASDs; by Chantal Sicile-Kira and Temple Grandin; Perigee Books, 2004
  • Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family; by Kristi Sakai; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2005
  • Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday Challenges; by Lori Ernsperger; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007
  • The Autistic Spectrum Parents' Daily Helper: A Workbook for You and Your Child; by Philip Abrams; Ulysses Press, 2004
  • Children With Autism: A Parent's Guide; by Michael D. Powers; Woodbine House, 2000
  • Challenging Behavior and Autism: Making Sense - Making Progress; by Philip Whitaker; Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2002
  • Could It Be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps; by Nancy Wiseman; Broadway Books, 2006
  • Demystifying Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Guide to Diagnosis for Parents and Professionals; by Carolyn Bruey; Woodbine House, 2004
  • Exceptional Parent Magazine, call 1-877-372-7368
  • Helping Children with Autism Learn: A Guide to Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals; by Bryna Siegel; Oxford University Press, 2003
  • Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills; by Alan Sohn; Perigee Trade, 2005
  • Reaching Out, Joining In: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism; by Mary Jane Weiss; Woodbine House, 2001
  • Toilet Training for Individuals With Autism & Other Developmental Issues; by Maria Wheeler; 2nd edition, Future Horizons, 2007

Bedwetting (Enuresis)

Bedwetting information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, website


Constipation Handout

Head injuries, concussions



Meningitis Vaccine Brochure



Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen Dosing Chart


CDC Influenza Resource Page
This is the CDC's homepage for all up to date influenza information, including information for patients and healthcare professionals, including seasonal information

Seasonal Influenza: The Disease
This CDC page organizes multiple categories of information about influenza, including key flu facts, the 2010-11 season, symptoms and severity, and a flu Q&A.

CDC: Influenza symptoms
This is a good description of flu symptoms for patients

The Flu: Caring for Someone Sick at Home

Antiviral Drugs and the Flu - Information for patients
This is information from the CDC about influenza anti-viral drugs.

H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu)
This is the CDC’s update page for the 2009 outbreak of H1N1 (swine) Flu -- the pandemic is now over, but H1N1 is expected to continue to circulate as a seasonal flu.

Skin and hair conditions


Vomiting and diarrhea

Instructions for Vomiting and Diarrhea

4. Good books about children and children’s health

There are lots and lots of books about children. Some will speak to you, and others will leave you cold. In this section we present to you some of our favorites. We can’t tell you which ones you will like best, but these are some we like, with our comments.

General books on child health

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition (Paperback)
by Benjamin Spock (Author), Robert Needlman (Editor)

We probably don’t need to say much about this classic. It was good when it emerged over 50 years ago, and has been continually updated. It has great advice in both treating illness, maintaining prevention, and in child rearing.

Taking Care of Your Child: A Parent's Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care
by James F. Fries, Robert H. Pantell, Donald M. Vickery ISBN: 0738-21071-4

Your child has a symptom, or something you want to know about? This is a great book to look it up in.

Child's Health: The Parents' One-Stop Reference Guide to: Symptoms, Emergencies, Common Illnesses, Behavior Problems, and Healthy Development
by Barton D. Schmitt

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 4th edition
by American Academy of Pediatrics; Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, FAAP, Editor in Chief, and Robert E. Hannemann, MD, FAAP

Another excellent guide to look at, very specific.

Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5 to 12
by American Academy of Pediatrics; Edward L. Schor, MD, FAAP, Editor in Chief

These books from our official pediatrics Academy are comprehensive and very authoritative.

Child development and temperament

The Wonder Years, American Academy of Pediatrics
Edited by Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP

This guide helps parents understand the important developmental milestones that their child will reach in the first five years.

The Difficult Child: Expanded and Revised Edition
by Stanley Turecki and Leslie Tonner

Many Bayside clinicians think this book is fantastic. It helps parents (and doctors!) understand the temperaments of all children, not just those who are “difficult.” As close to “required reading” as we get!

Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, And Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Similar to the Difficult Child, but more PC…. Good book!

Toddlers and Parents: A Declaration of Independence
by T. Berry Brazelton


Mother's Circle: How Your Baby Changes How Your Baby Changes You
by Lisa Spiegel, Sandra Kunhardt Basile, Sandra K. Basile, Jean Kunhardt

Wonderful book recording the feelings and thoughts of mothers as their children go through the first year of life. This helps mothers, and fathers, understand themselves and their feelings, and not to feel alone.

Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development
by T. Berry Brazelton

Basic book from the leading developmental pediatrician.

What to Expect the First Year
by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway

Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
by Harvey Karp

How to calm with the five ‘S’s” – swaddling, stomach, shushing, swinging, and sucking. Watch the DVD, especially before the birth!

Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year
by Scott W. Cohen

Drawing on the latest medical recommendations and his experiences at home and in the office, Dr. Cohen covers everything from preparing for your baby’s arrival to introducing her to a new sibling, to those three basic functions that will come to dominate a new parent’s life. Eat, Sleep, Poop addresses questions, strategies, myths, and all aspects of your child’s development. Lively, practical, and reassuring, Eat, Sleep, Poop provides the knowledge you need to parent with confidence, to relax and enjoy baby’s fi rst year, and to raise your child with the best tool a parent can have: informed common sense.

Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning
by Deborah Stipek, Kathy Seal
ISBN: 0805-06395-1

Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child
by Wendy S. Grolnick, Kathy Seal
ISBN: 1591-02566-4
ISBN 13: 978-1591-02566-5

Discipline and communication

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Elaine Mazlish, Adele Faber, Kimberly Ann Coe

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk
by Elaine Mazlish, Adele Faber, Kimberly Ann Coe

Easy to read, lots of cartoons of common situations and problem-solving strategies. Promotes good relationships!

Drawing the Line: Ten Steps to Constructive Discipline--And Achieving a Great Relationship with Your Kids
by Michael J. Weiss, Sheldon H. Wagner, and Susan Goldberg


How to Get Your Kid to Eat but Not Too Much
by Ellyn Satter

This is a great book, combining nutrition and behavior. It will make you more calm, not more anxious!

American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Nutrition
by William H. MD PhD Dietz, Loraine M. Stern

An authoritative reference.


Sleeping Through the Night
by Jodi Mindell

Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems
by Richard Ferber

Our experience with both sleep books has been excellent!

Good Night Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy
by Kim West and Joanne Kenen

This book is a kinder, gentler transition for parents who aren’t able to carry out the Gerber ir Mindell methods. Good book!

Sibling Rivalry

Understanding Sibling Rivalry: The Brazelton Way
by Joshua D. Sparrow, T. Berry Brazelton

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish

A wonderful book with lots of great examples.

Physical and sexual development

Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls
by Valorie Schaefer, Norm Bendell


Stretching, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition
by Bob Anderson (Author), Jean Anderson (Illustrator)


Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know
by American Academy of Pediatrics, and Michael J. Welch, MD, FAAP
ISBN-10: 1581104456

This is a book on asthma from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a trusted source of pediatric medical information. Second edition, December, 2010

One Minute Asthma: What You Need to Know
by Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.
ISBN 978-0-914625-30-8

This short book is a good reference to help you understand the basics of asthma – what it is, and how we monitor and treat it.

Dr. Tom Plaut's Asthma Guide for People of All Ages
by Thomas F. Plaut, MD with Teresa B. Jones, M.A.

This is another good reference book by Dr. Plaut, going into more detail to help you understand asthma in more detail.

5. Preparing for the hospital, tests and procedures

Blood draws:

A YouTube Video of a Typical Little Boy Getting Blood Drawn—A Less Seasoned Blood Drawee but He Shows It's Not So Bad!


A YouTube Video of A Girl Getting an Ambulatory EEG.