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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 childrenโ€™s health and save lives. Our full statement:

American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines

#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

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

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

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 AAPโ€™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

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

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

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

Routine childhood immunizations are vital to individual and society health. This National Influenza Vaccination Week, see how many children are protected with AAP's new map showing vaccination rates across America. #NIVW #FightFlu [ Immunizations.aap.org Link ]
This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week #NIVW. It's not too late to get the flu vaccine and #FightFlu! Learn more about the 2016-2017 #fluvax.

10 Things for Parents to Know About the 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine

Infantile spasms are little seizures with big consequences. Infantile Spasms Awareness Week (December 1-7) helps parents, as well as health care providers, learn about infantile spasms, treatments, and research. Learn more on Healthy Children #ISAW2016 [ Ow.ly Link ]

Infantile Spasms: What Parents Need to Know

AAP supports legislation and public policy directed toward eliminating any form of discrimination based on whether a child or adolescent is infected with HIV. #WorldAidsDay2016 [ Ow.ly Link ]

Where We Stand: HIV/AIDS Discrimination

Although decorative lights look extra festive at night, make sure to turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. For more helpful holiday tips, visit [ Ow.ly Link ] #KidSafeHoliday

2015 Holiday Safety Tips and Mental Health Tips

We are thrilled to welcome two dynamic pediatrician leaders, Dr. Anne Edwards and Dr. Debra Waldron, to AAP's senior leadership team.

AAP names 2 pediatricians to senior leadership team