"Following the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the American Academy of Pediatrics urges our federal leaders to start over and instead consider health care reform proposals that will move children's health care coverage forward, not backward.

AAP Urges Congress to Forge New Path to Protect Children's Health Care

Interactive technology and social media are designed to be emotionally absorbing and habit forming but can also help stressed parents get through the day, says Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, author of an AAP policy statement on media use, in this The New York Times article by Perri Klass, MD, FAAP: [ Nytimes.com Link ]

The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting

Each year, more than 2 million people—about half of them under age 6—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home.

Check out these important tips to prevent and treat exposures to poison: [ Ow.ly Link ] #preventpoison #NPPW17

Poison Prevention & Treatment Tips

All parents must deal with childhood temper tantrums. The latest RadioMD segment features Dr. Naveen Mehrotra who offers tips to help parents manage tantrums, whether they occur at home or out in public.

How to Survive Temper Tantrums

Dr. Erin Kelly on the two questions every pediatrician should ask. #AAPvoices #NNM [ Aap.org Link ]
It’s National School Breakfast Week! A healthy breakfast has been associated with better memory, better test scores, and better attention span with children. Learn more with these tips from our parenting website Healthy Children. [ Ow.ly Link ] #NSBW

Breakfast for Learning

by: Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, President and Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics

AAP Statement Opposing Separation of Mothers and Children at the Border

1 in 6 Children in the US lives in a food-insecure household. Pediatricians and other health providers play a critical role in advocating for programs and policies that will end childhood food insecurity. Learn more about Federal Nutrition Programs and how to screen for food insecurity with this toolkit developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food Research and Action Center....
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Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians - Food Research & Action Center

Parents and kids these days often have busy schedules, but still want to find time to connect in a meaningful way. In this public service announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatrician Dr. David Hill offers a quick tip to help parents and children nurture their relationship – by reading a book together.
AAP President Fernando Stein: “The federal guidance withdrawing and rescinding protections for transgender students sends a message of exclusion and intolerance, which transgender students encounter enough of already in their day- to-day lives."

AAP Statement on Protecting Transgender Youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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