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Health Library Editorial Policy and Legal Disclaimer

Editorial Policy

Part of Cincinnati Children’s mission statement is to provide the best patient and family experience. That includes your experience when you visit one of our physical locations, as well as your experience when you visit our website.

Whether you’re researching a specific medical condition or treatment, or are curious about what to expect at your child’s next checkup, we’ve collected information on hundreds of topics in our Health Library. Our experts have written and checked this information for accuracy, and it is reviewed regularly to make updates if the science or our services change.

While you’re here, we want you to easily:

  • find what you need
  • understand what you find
  • use that information to make a decision or take action

To do that, we try to use plain, conversational language. It’s not always easy when we’re describing more complex conditions or procedures, but we do our best to explain and define unfamiliar words and phrases. We also work to be inclusive and welcoming to all visitors, and make an effort to use thoughtful, people-first language that reflects that.

We also have a goal to increase access to our services—again, both at our physical locations and through our online presence. Many of our Health Library articles are translated into other languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

Legal Disclaimer

If you or your child experiences unusual, unexpected or severe side effects from following the procedures or directions contained in the Health Library section of our website, immediately call your primary care physician or local emergency room.  In cases of extreme adverse reaction or side effects, call 911 or your local emergency number.

Pediatric care is constantly improving and dealing with new challenges. New ideas, practices and research prompt continuous changes in our understanding and recommendations. These pages represent our best efforts but are in no way meant to replace the critical dialogue and recommendations of your pediatrician or healthcare professional. Information within the Health Library is believed to be reliable and generally in accord with the standards accepted at the time of publication.  We offer these pages merely as starting points for care decisions and educational insights that parents, pediatricians, healthcare professionals and children must make together.

If you believe you, your child or someone you know suffers from the conditions described here, see your healthcare provider. Do not attempt to treat yourself, your child or anyone else without proper medical supervision.