Welcome to the Press Room of the American Academy of Pediatrics—an organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The increase in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is a humanitarian crisis that warrants immediate and sustained action from the highest levels of government. President Obama's request for additional resources, nearly half of which would go to the Department of Health and Human Services to address the issue, underscores the urgency of the situation. Pediatricians call on Congress to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of these children above all else, and to ensure that their physical and mental health needs are being met.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is disappointed in the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opens the door to allow for-profit companies to opt out of offering contraceptives to their employees and their families. The decision could also lead to other businesses deciding not to offer certain kinds of doctor-recommended health services due to personal objection, such as immunizations or other evidence-based preventive services.
The AAP offers tips for Sports Injury Prevention
Each year, approximately 2.4 million people – more than half under age 6 – swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance.