AAP Updates

AAP Announces New Research Initiative for Firearm Injuries

March 16, 2018

Approaching these injuries as a public health epidemic, the Gun Safety and Injury Prevention Research Initiative will bring together experts from around the country to study and implement evidence-based interventions.

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Study Finds Medical Marijuana May Reduce Nausea and Seizures in Young Patients

November 3, 2017

A new review of medical research, "Medical Cannabinoids in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review," published in the November 2017 issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 23), found evidence that marijuana can be an effective treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, with increasing evidence of a benefit for epilepsy.

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Nearly 1,300 Children Die and 5,790 Treated for Gunshot Wounds Every Year, Study Shows

June 20, 2017

Firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among U.S. children ages 1-17 years, and the second leading cause of injury-related death (behind only car crashes).

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New Study Shows Dietary Habits for Infants and Toddlers Still Lacking

May 2, 2017

A study in the June 2017 Pediatrics, “Trends in Food and Beverage Consumption among Infants and Young Toddlers: 2005-2012,” (published online May 1) examined recent trends in food and beverage consumption among infants and toddlers from birth to age 23 months, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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AAP Releases New Statement on Detention of Immigrant Children.

March 14, 2017

"The conditions in which children are detained and the support services that are available to them are of great concern to pediatricians and other advocates for children. In accordance with internationally accepted rights of the child, immigrant and refugee children should be treated with dignity and respect and should not be exposed to conditions that may harm or traumatize them."

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AAP Issues New Warnings on Marijuana Use by Children

February 27, 2017

With marijuana now legal for recreation or medical use in a majority of states—and access and attitudes toward it relaxing as a result—a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) clinical report in the March 2017 Pediatrics equips doctors to advise patients and parents about harms the drug can cause, particularly for teens.

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AAP Publishes New Guidelines for Media Usage

November 11, 2016

The new policy statement outlines what type of media usage is appropriate for children at different ages.

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AAP Calls for Public Health Approach to Opioid Misuse by Pregnant Women

February 23, 2017

The use of prescription opioids by pregnant women has surged in the last decade, leading to a nearly fivefold increase in newborns experiencing withdrawal, studies have shown.

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AAP Updates its Policy on Safe Sleep for 2016

October 24, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths. Recommendations for a safe sleep environment include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating.

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AAP Releases Family Preparedness Kit

September 22, 2016

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and this kit will help families prepare for any situation.

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AAP's Comprehensive Blueprint for how the Next President can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future

September 19, 2016

The Blueprint includes a comprehensive overview of specific federal policy recommendations to promote healthy children, support secure families, build strong communities, and ensure that the United States is a leading nation for children.

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AAP Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2016-17 Season

September 8, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu shot during the 2016-17 season, as vaccination remains the best available preventive measure against influenza, according to an updated policy statement in the October 2016 Pediatrics.

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Zika Information and Resources

June 22, 2016

Follow the link for updated news, information, and resources related to the zika virus.

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INAAP Responds to Anti-Vaccine Film

June 21, 2016

Don't be fooled by the scientifically-discredited theories presented in the film.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Senate Gun Violence Prevention Measures

June 17, 2016

Now is the time to take meaningful action to keep children, families and communities safe.

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Zika Update: CDC Issues New Directives for Pediatricians

June 8, 2016

Federal health officials are calling on pediatricians to monitor and report congenital Zika infections in infants. Use the following link to learn more about the new directives.

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AAP President-elect Candidates Release Position Statements

June 8, 2016

The two candidates for the position of AAP President have released position statements highlighting their views and outlining what their priorities would be once elected. Use the following link to learn more about each candidate.

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Pass On Packets

June 7, 2016

Laundry detergent packets pose a variety of risks to children. Use the following link to learn more about why families with children under the age of 6 should opt for traditional laundry detergent. #PassOnPackets

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AAP Pool Safety Tips

May 29, 2016

There's lots of fun to be had this summer, but remember to take the necessary precautions to keep your loved ones safe. Below is a link to a video produced by AAP with all the information you'll need to have a great holiday at the pool.

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AAP Fellow to Lead Olympic Advisory Group on Zika Virus

April 12, 2016

Once again, AAP provides leadership on emerging issues.

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