Preventive Pediatric Health Care
More Recent Policy Statements
View policy statements, clinical reports, technical reports recently released by the AAP.
Crowding in the Emergency Department: Challenges and Recommendations for the Care of Children
This new policy statement concludes that reducing crowding in emergency departments will require a coordinated effort across the health care delivery system and seeks to improve the quality of care, patient safety, patient experience, and the health of populations, as well as reducing the per capita cost of health care.
February 20, 2023
Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule 2023
Updated annual immunization schedule reflects current recommendations for the use of vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and five other medical associations.
February 9, 2023
Drinking Water From Private Wells and Risks to Children
This policy statement and accompanying technical report provide updated recommendations for the inspection, testing and remediation of private wells to provide safe drinking water for children.
January 30, 2023
Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity
The AAP has published its first clinical guideline on evaluating children and adolescents with obesity. This complex chronic disease, which is often an indicator of structural inequities, requires a comprehensive whole child approach. There are now more evidence-based tools and resources than ever to help you partner with patients and families to offer safe and effective obesity treatment.
January 9, 2023
Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of Young Children
This clinical report demonstrates why it is important that pediatricians be knowledgeable about the disease process of dental caries, prevention of disease, interventions to maintain and restore health and the social determinants of children’s oral health.
December 19, 2022
Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy
This updated clinical report observes that when cerebral palsy is identified early, families, physicians and specialists have a better chance at improving outcomes by providing evidence-based therapies while the young brain is still developing and most adaptable to change.
January 21, 2022
Firearm-Related Injuries and Deaths in Children and Youth: Injury Prevention and Harm Reduction
In this updated policy statement, the AAP calls for tackling this public health emergency with a harm-reduction approach, using tactics that have successfully resulted in a decrease in motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths.
October 10, 2022