More Recent Policy Statements

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Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse

This AAP policy statement recommends ways to prevent abusive behavior that violates the trusting relationship between doctor and patient.

Pediatrics

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August 29, 2022

Scope of Health Care Benefits for Neonates, Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Through Age 26

This updated policy statement describes the national landscape of health care benefits offered to children and their lack of uniformity and includes recommendations on ensuring adequate health care insurance coverage for all children and youth.

Pediatrics

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August 29, 2022

Helmet Use in Preventing Head Injuries in Bicycling, Snow Sports, and Other Recreational Activities and Sports

This updated policy statement and accompanying technical report reviews the benefits of helmet use and encourages adults to model routine use of helmets.

Pediatrics

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August 15, 2022

Management of Hyperbilirubinemia in the Newborn Infant 35 or More Weeks of Gestation

Revised clinical guidelines on treating infants born at least 35 weeks into pregnancy for hyperbilirubinemia. For most babies, hyperbilirubinemia leads only to jaundice, a yellow appearance to the skin and whites of the eyes. However, very rarely, it can lead to severe complications affecting the brain.

Pediatrics

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August 5, 2022

Vision and Concussion: Symptoms, Signs, Evaluation, and Treatment

The AAP has co-authored a policy statement to help inform pediatricians on identifying visual symptoms of concussion and their severity.

Pediatrics

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July 18, 2022

Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk

In this updated policy statement, the AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants for the first six months of life before introducing nutritious complementary foods, while encouraging social and systemic changes to support mothers who choose to breastfeed.

Pediatrics

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June 27, 2022

Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment

This updated AAP policy statement on reducing the risk of sleep-related infant deaths reiterates previous safe sleep recommendations and offer some new guidance. The AAP continues to emphasize the importance of placing infants on their backs in an uncluttered crib.

Pediatrics

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June 21, 2022

Recommended Terminology for Substance Use Disorders in the Care of Children, Adolescents, Young Adults and Families

This new policy statement aims to end the use of harmful and stigmatizing language that has been used to portray substance use disorders by advocating for the use of medically accurate, person-first terminology.

Pediatrics

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May 23, 2022

Eliminating Race-Based Medicine

This new AAP policy addresses the elimination of race-based medicine as part of a broader commitment to dismantle the structural and systemic inequities that lead to racial health disparities. Race-based medicine has been pervasively interwoven into the fabric of health care delivery in the United States for more than 400 years. Race is a historically derived social construct that has no place as a biologic proxy.

Pediatrics

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May 2, 2022


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