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Mission: Disclaimer: “The postings on this site do not necessarily represent the American Academy of Pediatrics’ positions, policies, programs, strategies or opinions.”

Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, of Kansas City, Kan., and Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, of Washington, D.C., are running for ...
06/25/2019
President-elect candidate: Dr. Shaw’s career spans 4 decades, numerous AAP leadership roles

Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, of Kansas City, Kan., and Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, of Washington, D.C., are running for AAP president-elect. Voting will take place from Sept. 7-21.

At milestone visits with her patients, Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, asks them about their goals for the future. What do they want to be when they grow up? What dreams would they like to realize?

Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, of Washington, D.C., and Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, of Kansas City, Kan., are running for ...
06/25/2019
President elect candidate: Advocate, former Navy pediatrician Dr. Beers forges wide-ranging career path

Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, of Washington, D.C., and Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, of Kansas City, Kan., are running for AAP president-elect. Voting will take place from Sept. 7-21.

While it may not have been obvious to a kindergartner, Dr. Beers later realized pediatrics was the ideal melding of her parents’ careers. Her father was a nuclear engineer, and her mother was a teacher.

Perrigo Company PLC is voluntarily recalling 23,388 containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based ...
06/24/2019
Infant formula recalled

Perrigo Company PLC is voluntarily recalling 23,388 containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron because they may contain metal.

Perrigo Company PLC is voluntarily recalling 23,388 containers of Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron, the company said in a news release.

Alcohol remains the most widely used substance by teens but can negatively impact their brain development and mental hea...
06/24/2019
Pediatricians play key role in routine anticipatory guidance on teen alcohol use

Alcohol remains the most widely used substance by teens but can negatively impact their brain development and mental health, according to an updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy.

Much-needed attention is being paid to the impact of opioid, cannabis and nicotine use among youths in communities throughout the U.S. However, alcohol remains the most widely used substance by teens and has a significant impact on their morbidity and mortality.

06/21/2019
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Lawn mower-related injuries in children have remained steady over the past two to three decades. Talk to teens about safety to keep them out of the emergency room.

Keep your family safe from lawn mower-related injuries by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If you own a firearm, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it be stored unloaded and locked up with ammunition ...
06/21/2019
Nearly 70% of pediatric residents report caring for children with gun injuries

If you own a firearm, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it be stored unloaded and locked up with ammunition stored separately. Before sending your child to play at someone else’s home, ask if there is an unlocked gun. #ASKingSavesKids #EndGunViolence

Sixty-nine percent of 2018 graduates reported treating a gun injury in training, according to the AAP Annual Survey of Graduating Residents presented at the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. Among these residents, 41% treated five or more children with gun injuries, and 18% treated 10 or mo...

Pediatricians need to use secure platforms and keep in mind some conversations are best by phone or in person.
06/20/2019
Exchanging electronic health data with patients, parents: What are best practices?

Pediatricians need to use secure platforms and keep in mind some conversations are best by phone or in person.

Pediatricians and others caring for children may not be able to realize the promise of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) because of the complexities of sharing information and maintaining confidentiality in pediatric care.

Is your family using any of these products that are part of warnings or recalls?
06/19/2019
Health Alerts: Chests, steam cookers, liquid nicotine, and more

Is your family using any of these products that are part of warnings or recalls?

Social media sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made it easier for small businesses to sell their work. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep safety in mind when buying or making homemade baby items.

Through the app, patients can access written information and videos about a variety of topics related to patient safety ...
06/18/2019
App provides information, resources to support hospitalized patients

Through the app, patients can access written information and videos about a variety of topics related to patient safety and well-being as part of a hospital stay,

The PatientAider app provides medical information and guidance to patients and their caregivers before, during and after spending time in a hospital. The app from the Patient Safety Movement allows users to select pediatric-specific information.

“As a pediatrician, I understand that parents want to do what they think is best for their children, and some do not v...
06/18/2019
First pediatrician in Congress leads AAP-championed bill to increase vaccinations

“As a pediatrician, I understand that parents want to do what they think is best for their children, and some do not vaccinate because of unfounded fears. This bill will make sure that parents have access to facts about vaccines, so they can make an informed decision.” -- Congresswoman Kim Schrier #VaccinesWork

The Academy’s advocacy work to promote the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations takes place at every level of government. This work is critically important, as the number of U.S. measles cases hit a 25-year high and vaccine misinformation spreads rapidly on social media.

The spike in measles cases abroad has contributed to outbreaks in the U.S., where the case count just reached 1,044. #Va...
06/17/2019
CDC: Travelers to Europe should protect themselves from measles

The spike in measles cases abroad has contributed to outbreaks in the U.S., where the case count just reached 1,044. #VaccinesWork

The continent has seen a spike in cases in 2018 and 2019, contributing to the surge in the U.S. where case totals have reached 1,044, the most since 1992.

An updated policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics guides parents, camp administrators and camp health care provi...
06/17/2019
Policy updates guidance for health appraisal, preparation of young campers

An updated policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics guides parents, camp administrators and camp health care providers to ensure the best possible care for children while they are away from home.

More than 14,000 camps exist in the United States, and approximately 14 million children attend camp assisted by 1.5 million staff members annually.

Adverse childhood experiences can include abuse, neglect, divorce, parental mental illness and parental substance abuse....
06/14/2019
ACEs linked to higher health care costs in adulthood

Adverse childhood experiences can include abuse, neglect, divorce, parental mental illness and parental substance abuse. This study found these experiences continue to impact people into adulthood.

Previous studies have found links between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and later physical and mental health problems. Authors set out to look at the impact on costs associated with those issues.

Children who engaged in more intense physical activity had better endurance, quicker recovery times and slower increases...
06/11/2019
Study: Physical activity has cardiovascular benefits for young children

Children who engaged in more intense physical activity had better endurance, quicker recovery times and slower increases in artery stiffness. Girls also had better blood pressure, according to a new study in AAP Pediatrics from McMaster University.

While positive impacts have been seen for school-age children and adults, researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada said few studies have been done on younger children.

The risk of pertussis (whooping cough) was 13 times higher among children who were unvaccinated compared to those fully ...
06/10/2019
Study: DTaP effective, but protection wanes over time

The risk of pertussis (whooping cough) was 13 times higher among children who were unvaccinated compared to those fully vaccinated, according to a study from Kaiser Permanente Thrive in AAP Pediatrics.

Children who are vaccinated against pertussis are at lower risk of contracting the disease, but that protection wanes over time, likely contributing to recent outbreaks, researchers found.

“We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease ...
06/06/2019
Health officials combating measles vaccine misinformation as cases reach 1,001

“We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak." -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, J.D.

Federal health officials are working to combat misinformation about measles vaccines as the case count reached 1,001 on Wednesday.

Use sunscreen that is labeled “broad-spectrum” with an SPF of 15 or higher.
06/05/2019
For safest skin protection, skip sunscreen pills, online recipes

Use sunscreen that is labeled “broad-spectrum” with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Wouldn’t it be great if a magic pill protected kids from sunburn? Parents wouldn’t have to chase after their wet, sandy children with a bottle of lotion. Unfortunately, there is no quick solution.

More than 70 pediatricians in 30 practices across Texas have been participating in an AAP Chapter Quality Network (CQN) ...
06/04/2019
Small changes lead to big gains in asthma care for children

More than 70 pediatricians in 30 practices across Texas have been participating in an AAP Chapter Quality Network (CQN) collaborative to improve asthma care for their diverse patient population.

Cynthia Lopez, M.D., FAAP, who practices in a UT Health San Antonio residency clinic, knows her asthma patients face many challenges.

“Car seats and inclined seating devices push the infant’s legs up; the stomach gets crunched and its contents can es...
06/04/2019
Hold infants with reflux instead of putting them in seated position

“Car seats and inclined seating devices push the infant’s legs up; the stomach gets crunched and its contents can essentially pour into the esophagus.” - Jenifer R. Lightdale, M.D., M.P.H., AGAF, FAAP

The recent recall of millions of inclined sleepers following reports of infant deaths was greeted by the AAP, consumer advocates and others as an overdue action that could save lives.

Laundry detergent packets are more toxic than traditional detergent and can cause serious health issues, according to a ...
06/03/2019
Study: Laundry detergent packet exposures decrease, still too high

Laundry detergent packets are more toxic than traditional detergent and can cause serious health issues, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital in AAP Pediatrics.
The packets should be kept sealed in their original container in a locked cabinet that children can’t access.

Laundry detergent packet exposures decreased modestly among young children after voluntary safety standards were introduced, but researchers say they still are too high.

Potentially life-threatening food allergies affect nearly 6 million U.S. children, but no treatment has been approved by...
05/31/2019
What you should know about immunotherapy for food allergies

Potentially life-threatening food allergies affect nearly 6 million U.S. children, but no treatment has been approved by the FDA.

Potentially life-threatening food allergies affect nearly 6 million U.S. children, but no treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Measles is preventable, and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccin...
05/30/2019
CDC: Measles cases rise to 971; disease elimination status threatened

“Measles is preventable, and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated.”-- CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

If the trend continues, CDC officials said it could threaten the status of measles as a disease that has been eliminated.

“I think that it’s been a really wonderful opportunity for the Academy to do good work in childhood obesity and, als...
05/30/2019
Practices turn to Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight to prevent, treat obesity

“I think that it’s been a really wonderful opportunity for the Academy to do good work in childhood obesity and, also by having the Institute, it signals that this is an important issue for children.” -- IHCW Medical Director Sandra G. Hassink, M.D., M.S., FAAP

One of the goals of the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW) is to improve pediatric practices’ capacity to prevent, assess and manage childhood obesity.

Users select the type of visit for which they’re preparing, then create a personalized list of questions to ask their ...
05/29/2019
App helps patients, parents prepare for medical appointments

Users select the type of visit for which they’re preparing, then create a personalized list of questions to ask their clinician.

The Question Builder app from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps patients and caregivers develop a list of questions to ask their health care provider during medical appointments.

The measles case count has risen to 940 in 26 states. AAP News coverage of the outbreaks and guidance for pediatricians ...
05/28/2019
2019 Measles Outbreaks | AAP Gateway

The measles case count has risen to 940 in 26 states. AAP News coverage of the outbreaks and guidance for pediatricians are at http://bit.ly/AAPNewsMeasles

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The guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that at leas...
05/28/2019
Safety net: AAP, pediatric dental group update guidance on dental sedation personnel

The guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that at least two individuals with specific training and credentials should be present with a pediatric patient undergoing deep sedation/general anesthesia for dental treatment in a dental facility or hospital/surgicenter.

Sedation for dental procedures in children and teenagers is generally safe. However, recent deaths in the dental setting and concern over the growing use of inadequate supervision during sedation procedures have prompted stronger guidance from the AAP in conjunction with the American Academy of Pedi...

Expert presentations during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition will address neonatal ab...
05/21/2019
Opioid crisis topic of Pediatrics for the 21st Century program

Expert presentations during the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition will address neonatal abstinence syndrome, unintentional exposures, high-risk youths and pain management. #AAP19

There’s no doubt the opioid crisis is a pediatric issue. Tens of thousands of infants are born each year with opioid withdrawal. Toddlers are ingesting their caregivers’ pain medications. Children and adolescents are being prescribed opioids for too long and in doses that are too high. Teens and...

Involvement in sports can enhance kids’ physical, emotional, social and psychological health.
05/21/2019
Sports programs can offer wide range of benefits, some risks

Involvement in sports can enhance kids’ physical, emotional, social and psychological health.

A new AAP clinical report reviews the benefits and risks of organized sports for youths, addressing the roles of parents, pediatricians, schools, coaches and communities.

A new American Academy of Pediatrics report highlights research on the potential benefits and risks associated with cons...
05/20/2019
Seafood and children’s health: Report summarizes research

A new American Academy of Pediatrics report highlights research on the potential benefits and risks associated with consumption of fish and shellfish.

Many types of fish and seafood offer a variety of important nutrients. Yet more than 90% of the animal protein children eat comes from other sources.

Car seats and other sitting devices are not substitutes for cribs or bassinet when it comes to infant sleep.
05/20/2019
Large study sheds light infant deaths in sitting devices

Car seats and other sitting devices are not substitutes for cribs or bassinet when it comes to infant sleep.

Every year, several hundred infants fall victim to sleep-related deaths in sitting devices like car seats, bouncers or swings used improperly for routine sleep.

Flu vaccine is 61% effective against medically attended influenza for children. Everyone 6 months and older should be va...
05/18/2019
CDC flu report: Pediatric death toll increases to 109

Flu vaccine is 61% effective against medically attended influenza for children. Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated.

Three more children have died of flu this season, bringing the total to 109, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The reduced supply of FluMist Quadrivalent will impact both the public and private sectors, but is not expected to cause...
05/17/2019
Nasal spray flu vaccine supply will be limited next season

The reduced supply of FluMist Quadrivalent will impact both the public and private sectors, but is not expected to cause an overall shortage of flu vaccine.

The supply of nasal spray flu vaccine will be limited during the 2019-’20 season due to manufacturing constraints, according to AstraZeneca.

Since 2007, the average suicide rate among girls ages 10-14 increased nearly 13% a year compared to 7% for boys.Among 15...
05/17/2019
Study: Suicide rates increasing more quickly among girls

Since 2007, the average suicide rate among girls ages 10-14 increased nearly 13% a year compared to 7% for boys.
Among 15- to 19-year-olds, rates for girls have been rising 8% a year compared to 3.5% for boys.

The findings are prompting calls for research into the role of gender in suicide, the second-leading cause of death for youths ages 10-19 years.

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