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Patients and Families

There is so much health information on the internet that it can be a challenge to know who to trust. The following organizations provide trusted, accurate health information for families.  We've also included resources about children's emergency care that are created by experts and based on evidence.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to expand this Patients and Families section of our website. Please click here if you'd like to know more about our Parent Advisory Group.

The information provided on TREKK.ca is not meant to replace the advice of a health professional. The information provided on TREKK.ca is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician or healthcare provider.

Consumer Health Information


Being the parent of a child with life-threatening food allergies can be challenging. Visit the Children's Allergy and Asthma Education Resource Centre to view a series of videos that provide parent's views on life with a food allergy (accessed online: March 2017).




Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection in the airway. Accompanied by a barky cough and respiratory distress, this illness is most common in children aged birth to 6 years, peaking at 2 years of age. Find out about Michael and his parents' experience with croup through an interactive story book. Browse through the interactive croup page for information on the signs, symptoms, treatment and management of croup and what to do if you are a parent or family dealing with croup.




Welcome to the HEAL (Health Education and Learning) program, a resource aimed at providing families across Alberta easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illness and injuries in children. The content provided in the HEAL program comes directly from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine experts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital. While children with coughs, fever, ear pain, vomiting, diarrhea, minor head injuries or nosebleeds can feel very uncomfortable, they are most often safely and best cared for in their own home; the majority of these illnesses and injuries do not require a visit to the Emergency Department.




This is a quick review of concussions: what they are and what they do.




This is a quick review of concussions: what they are and what they do.




Associated with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, this site provides parents, children and first-tier healthcare providers with free, evidence-based information about every day health and complex medical conditions.




Parachute is a Canadian, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Their focus is on prevention, specifically related to motor vehicle collisions, sports and recreation and seniors' falls.




Caring for kids provides parents with information about their child and teen's health and well-being. The site is developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society.




Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection in the airway. Accompanied by a barky cough and respiratory distress, this illness is most common in children aged birth to 6 years, peaking at 2 years of age.Created by a team at the University of Alberta & Stollery Children's Hospital, this storybook is told through the eyes of parents and includes medical information, examples and recommendations for parents and families dealing with croup.




Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection in the airway. Accompanied by a barky cough and respiratory distress, this illness is most common in children aged birth to 6 years, peaking at 2 years of age.Created by a team at the University of Alberta & Stollery Children's Hospital, this storybook is told through the eyes of parents and includes medical information, examples and recommendations for parents and families dealing with croup.




Croup is a common respiratory illness caused by a viral infection in the airway. Accompanied by a barky cough and respiratory distress, this illness is most common in children aged birth to 6 years, peaking at 2 years of age.Created by a team at the University of Alberta & Stollery Children's Hospital, this storybook is told through the eyes of parents and includes medical information, examples and recommendations for parents and families dealing with croup.