In all my time writing here on Over Heaven’s Hill, I haven’t thought about using my career as a guideline for a post. You may remember that I work full time as well as writing my blog and any other bits and pieces that pop into my head. I am a Medical Librarian by trade. I’ve worked in Europe’s oldest working Maternity Hospital for the last ten years. I love my job and I like to think that I’m good at it too. Don’t worry, no massive ego ballooning here, it’s just sometimes good to push some positivity out there! Throughout my career, I’ve researched and studied various subjects and topics on pregnancy and early childhood years. I’ve come across a lot of websites and resources that are useful in every day life. I’m a fountain of online knowledge really! I think it’s time to empart some of that wisdom on to you. With the winter creeping in, it’s a perfect time to introduce you to some websites that will help families and parents get through the cold dark months.
They happen. We can’t ignore them. We can, however, try to protect ourselves from the wraith of colds and flu’sthat cross our path over the season. Last Christmas, myself and A were buried deep under the worst flu on Christmas day. My parents, my nieces and nephews, we all came down with it and it sucked!
Under The Weather is a great new website from the HSE. Guided by GPs and Pharmacists this website will help you determine what that nasty niggle, cough and cold is and how to treat yourself and your family. It’s a must for every parent as a ready reckoner for the winter season.
Kids Health is another must for every Momma and Papa Bear. This website is a hive of great resources for parents, kids and teenagers, each with their own section. Also written in Spanish, it is a website that you should remember. It covers the health, behaviour and development of children birth birth right through to the teen years covering a wide range of topics including physical, emotional and behavioral issues.
Easy Health is a well organised website with easy to read health leaflets, food and excercise information and useful tips for keeping healthy. Information is easy to access with no jargon words and images.
Kids Fit Matters is an engaging new website which guide you through various aspects of your little ones lives. Helping you with fitness, nutrition and general health matters, this website is a fantastic resource for families. As October is anti bullying month, Kids Fit Matters have also highlighted some great resources to help us stand up against bullying and protect our children.
Pregnancy & Birth
BabyCenter is probably one of the go to websites for any expectant mum. I used it myself almost daily to ease any fears or doubts I had throughout my pregnancy and then when A was a baby. While BabyCenter is an American website the information is relevant and reassuring. BabyCenter also have an app you can download.
If you haven’t heard of Rollercoaster then hop on board. It was and still is one of the websites I have set as a favourite on my browser. Rollercoaster is a fantastic forum for pregnancy and parenting. As a first time parent, I scoured the internet for a good, honest and reliable resources with information and advice that would help me through the sleepless nights. Rollercoaster fit the bill perfectly with it’s easy to use website and pertinent information.
We all know someone who is on medication. Whether it is the fact of my job or not, I like to keep an eye on any possible side effects or contraindications of those drugs. I use a few sites to keep on top of these things and am oftern asked by family and friends to help them find information on a drug that is new to them and has become a part of their daily routine.
www.medicines.ie is the prime website on information for patients on medicines in Ireland. Published by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, the website is a trusted and worthwhile resource.
General Health Information
Ask any Medical Librarian for a website they can use themselves, and I think we all say the same thing. Medline Plus is one of the best general health and medical websites for the lay person. I use it myself… all the time!
Apps For on the Go Health Information
The world is unundated with health information apps for your phone. The world is at our fingertips after all. A couple which are worth checking out include the best pregnancy app around and the recently launch RCSI Health App.
WhattoExpect is a handy app to have on your phone when you’re expecting. As with the BabyCenter app there is tons of great information with week by week updates.
The RCSI MyHealth app was launched last year to great acclaim. It covers over 600 medical conditions with reliable and credible information as well as providing contact details for Irish charities and organisations. As an app, it is easy to use and worth the space on your phone to download.
So, there you have it. Some of my go to resources for personal and health information. There are a million websites and apps out there in the cyber world to help you manage your health and wellbeing. Be sure to properly evaluate and understand where the information is coming from. Make sure it is reliable and from a trusted resource.
The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.