HEAL a resource for common childhood ailments, injuries

May 31, 2022

EDMONTON – Parents have a valuable resource when it comes to dealing with common childhood illnesses and injuries.

The HEAL website — ahs.ca/heal — is available to help parents manage illnesses and injuries that don’t require treatment in an emergency department.

Developed by a team of emergency doctors and clinicians from Alberta Children’s Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital, the HEAL (Health Education and Learning) website provides easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illnesses and injuries in children.

Information on croup, coughs, bronchiolitis, common colds, ear pain, nosebleeds, head injuries, vomiting and diarrhea, fever, febrile seizures and rashes is available on the site, including detailed descriptions of illnesses and injuries, symptoms, treatment, and when to seek immediate medical attention.

The website has been reviewed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) staff and families to ensure it is user-friendly, understandable and easy to navigate. The information is also available in a mobile-friendly format, so parents and families can access it from any device.

HEAL is also connected with Know Your Options, an AHS campaign that informs Albertans about the various healthcare options in their communities and provides accurate information on how to get the right care in the right place. More information can be found at ahs.ca/options.

To discuss health concerns, parents in Alberta can also call 811 to speak to a registered nurse for health advice and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca for resources and information on a variety of health topics.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.