We welcome today's decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow pediatricians to continue counseling families on how to keep children safe around firearms. The ruling means that important conversations can continue unfettered between physicians and families about protecting children from unintentional injury and death, and it protects the physician's First Amendment right to counsel...
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American Academy of Pediatrics Applauds Ruling to Uphold a Physician’s Right to Counsel on Firearm Safety

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Richard Besser, MD, former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ABC News’ current chief health and medical editor, has been named president and chief executive officer of RWJF.

Dr. Richard Besser Named New President, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Valentine's Day is approaching, and it's also National Children Dental Health Month!

Break the tradition of sugary treats with tips from Pediatrician Robert Murray.

How parents can get creative to limit Valentine's sweets

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AAP, along with more than 350 organizations across the country, has a message for President Trump: "unequivocal support" for the safety of vaccines. The Washington Post has more, including the full text of our letter, which cites more than 40 studies and includes 26 pages of signatures: #VaccinesWork

More than 350 organizations write Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety

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Teens need vaccines too! Vaccines are important for adolescents’ long-term health. Because many teens don’t see the doctor as often as little kids, they can miss some important immunizations. In two new reports, the AAP offers recommendations for doctors to help get teens back on track with immunizations. [ Aap.org Link ]

American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Improvement in Teen Vaccination Rates

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One of the best ways to protect children is by immunizing them. In this public service announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Anita Chandra offers an important message about giving children the protection they need to live healthy lives. #VaccinesWork
Today is #MLKDay of Service! When children actively participate in volunteer activities, they develop new competencies by giving and doing. [ Healthychildren.org Link ]

Contribution: Building Competence, Confidence, Connection & Character

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In response to news reports today suggesting a possible new federal commission on immunizations, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterates that vaccines protect children’s health and save lives. Our full statement:

American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines

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#VaccinesWork: Higher immunization rates protect children & society. Learn where more with our interactive map: [ Immunizations.aap.org Link ]
Does your kid own a smartphone? These devices have become indispensable for teens to communicate with friends. In this public service announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrician David Hill, MD, FAAP offers tips for parents on helping teens use technology wisely. #DoGoodDigital
As details of today's event at the Fort Lauderdale Airport continue to unfold in the media, children may see frightening images in the news. Our parenting website Healthy Children has tips on how to discuss these situations with your children in ways they can understand.

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

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Most kids should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthdays, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recommends today. AAP endorses these guidelines that outline a new approach to reduce the risk of peanut allergy in children.

Giving peanut-based foods to babies early prevents allergies

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Infections during pregnancy can hurt both the mother-to-be and her baby. This month and throughout the year, AAP encourages families to follow simple steps to improve the chances that babies will be born healthy. #Prevent2Protect

Simple Steps to Prevent Infections During Pregnancy

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Happy New Year! We cannot wait to see how pediatricians will #putkids1st in 2017.
In #AAPVoices, AAP President Dr. Benard Dreyer writes about e-cigarette risks for children & teens on the heels of U.S. Surgeon General report: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Dr. Rita Agarwal, Chair of AAP’s Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, in Forbes: New warnings issued by U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the risks of repeated or lengthy anesthesia on pregnant women and young children should not be cause for additional alarm.

FDA Has Ordered New Label Warnings, But It's Not Clear That Anesthesia Is Risky In Pregnancy, Kids

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Skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding are forms of "kangaroo care" that benefit preemies. More information from Pediatrics study in Forbes.

Kangaroo Care Still Benefits Preemies 20 Years Later

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Mumps cases are at a 10-year high, but getting vaccinated can reduce the risk.

Mumps cases at a 10-year high, colleges hard hit

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The opioid epidemic has led to more drug-dependent newborns in rural areas. Pediatrician Dr. Stephen Patrick in The New York Times on how to improve care.

Rise in Infant Drug Dependence Is Felt Most in Rural Areas

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