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View policy statements, clinical reports, technical reports recently released by the AAP.

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Strategies for Improving Vaccine Communication and Uptake

In this updated clinical report, the AAP explains how pediatricians should talk with parents and caregivers about vaccines, which will consequently improve vaccination rates.

Clinical Report

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February 26, 2024

Climate Change and Children’s Health: Building a Healthy Future for Every Child

In a new policy statement and technical report, the AAP reports on the effects of climate change on the physical health and mental well-being of childrenand outlines how to achieve significant gains in child health and equity.

Policy Statement

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February 20, 2024

Child Fatality Review

A new policy statement updates the status of child fatality review teams nationwide and pushes for continued improvement in the review process to better protect children from preventable deaths.

Clinical Report

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January 22, 2024

Overuse Injuries, Overtraining, and Burnout in Young Athletes

This new clinical report highlights how youth participation in organized sports offers physical and psychosocial benefits and offers recommendations to prevent and treat overuse, overtraining, and burnout. 

Clinical Report

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January 22, 2024

The Built Environment and Pediatric Health

A new policy statement outlines community design solutions that improve pediatric physical and mental health, and promotes health equity. The accompanying technical report reviews the range of pediatric physical and mental health conditions influenced by the built environment as well as historical and persistent effects.

Policy Statement

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December 18, 2023

Comanagement of Surgical Pediatric Patients in the Acute Care Inpatient Setting

The AAP lays out best practices for comanagement programs in community and tertiary care settings in this new clinical report and emphasizes that caring for a patient in the hospital is not a one-person job. Comanagement models of care vary depending on resources, capacity, and team structures. 

Clinical Report

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December 18, 2023

Suicide and Suicide Risk in Adolescents

In this updated clinical report, the AAP encourages pediatricians and pediatric health care providers to have an integral role in youth suicide prevention and recommends regular screening for suicidal ideation and risk factors of suicide.

Clinical Report

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December 11, 2023

Use of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)-Containing Food Products in Children

This new clinical report emphasizes plant-forward foods and minimizes ultra-processed. The report also makes a strong push for more research and transparency in food labeling.

Clinical Report

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December 11, 2023

Supporting the Family After the Death of a Child or Adolescent

This new clinical report outlines methods to help family members deal with the death of a child and highlights how pediatricians can and should play a key role in times of bereavement. 

Clinical Report

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November 27, 2023

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Information for the Pediatrician

This clinical report includes new guidance for pediatricians and families on the use of fecal microbiota transplantation and helps pediatricians identify patients who might benefit from the procedure.

Clinical Report

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November 20, 2023

Addressing Early Education and Child Care Expulsion

This new policy statement outlines ways to address emotional and behavioral concerns without opting for expulsion. These recommendations are consistent with early child brain development science and supports the pediatricians’ role in building resilience and buffering toxic stress to promote optimal child development.

Policy Statement

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October 30, 2023

Older Infant-Young Child “Formulas”

This clinical report reviews the growing array of drinks aimed at children ages 6-36 months and observes that they lack standardization or regulatory oversight. While promoted as nutritious drinks for the older infant or preschooler, they are generally unnecessary and nutritionally incomplete.

Clinical Report

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October 20, 2023

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Optimization to Promote Equity in Child and Young Adult Health

This new policy statement proposes automatic enrollment of newborns in a single health insurance program (combining Medicaid and CHIP) with an option to opt out if families have other health insurance and further calls for changes to make access and care more consistent across states.

Policy Statement

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October 20, 2023

Responding to Parental Requests for Nondisclosure to Patients of Diagnostic and Prognostic Information in the Setting of Serious Disease

This new clinical report explores ethical duties and legal considerations and provides practical and culturally-sensitive guidance for clinicians with respect to parental requests for nondisclosure.

Clinical Report

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September 25, 2023

Low-Carbohydrate Diets in Children and Adolescents with or at Risk for Diabetes

This new clinical report addresses the use of low-carbohydrate diets in children and adolescents with — or at risk for — diabetes. The report includes background on dietary patterns and reviews evidence associated with low-carbohydrate diets. It also provides carbohydrate recommendations and practical information for counseling families.

Policy Statement

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September 18, 2023


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