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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.

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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

Health Supervision for Children and Adolescents With Down Syndrome

Updated recommendations for pediatricians and families affected by a diagnosis of Down syndrome and notes that improvements in care and quality of life has increased the life expectancy of people with Down syndrome to an average age of 60.

Pediatrics

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April 18, 2022

Telehealth: Improving Access to and Quality of Pediatric Health Care

This new policy statement reviews telehealth’s potential to transform pediatric care and notes that robust, comprehensive telehealth coverage is critical to improving pediatric access and quality of care and services, particularly for under-resourced populations.

Pediatrics

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February 28, 2022

Parental Leave for Residents and Pediatric Training Programs

This revised AAP policy statement aims to change the culture around parental leave for trainees.

Pediatrics

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February 28, 2022

Recognition and Management of Cardiovascular Insufficiency in the Very Low Birth Weight Newborn

A new AAP clinical report provides an evidenced-based review of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular insufficiency in the first three days of life in this vulnerable population

Pediatrics

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February 28, 2022

Telehealth: Improving Access to and Quality of Pediatric Health Care

This new AAP policy statement reviews telehealth’s potential to transform pediatric care.

Pediatrics

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February 28, 2022

Vitamin K and the Newborn Infant

This updated AAP policy statement reinforces the benefits of administering vitamin K to newborns shortly after birth to prevent a life-threatening disease that causes bleeding in otherwise healthy infants.

Pediatrics

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February 23, 2022

Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2022

Updated AAP policy statement about the recommended routine immunization schedule for children and teens for 2022 reflects current recommendations for the use of vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pediatrics

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February 18, 2022

Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Congenital Clubfoot

A new clinical report describes idiopathic congenital clubfoot as the most common serious musculoskeletal birth defect in the United States and the world, occurring in about 1 to 2 out of 1,000 births.

Pediatrics

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January 31, 2022

Pediatric Primary Health Care: The Central Role of Pediatricians in Maintaining Children’s Health in Evolving Health Care Models

This updatd policy statement emphasises that pediatricians, as the clinicians most intensively trained and experienced in children’s health, are the natural leaders of child primary health care within the medical home. The statement also encourages policymakers to include pediatricians when they are crafting decisions that affect children.

Pediatrics

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January 24, 2022

Risks of Infectious Diseases in Newborns Exposed to Alternative Perinatal Practices

This AAP report educates providers about the risk of infectious diseases associated with emerging alternative peripartum and neonatal practices and provides information they can use to counsel families before birth and to appropriately evaluate and treat neonates who have been exposed to these practices.

Pediatrics

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January 24, 2022

Adolescents and Young Adults: The Pediatrician’s Role in HIV Testing and Pre- and Postexposure HIV Prophylaxis 

This updated clinical report recommends that universal and routine screening for human immunodeficiency virus be offered to those ages 15 and older at least once in a health care setting and notes that the HIV epidemic persists despite great progress in treatment and continued efforts to identify people living with HIV/AIDS.

Pediatrics

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December 20, 2021


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