Latest AAP Stories

Are Toddlers Watching Too Much TV
2011-10-19 05:11:04

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said that there are better ways to help children learn than through television screens. The AAP performed a survey and found that 90 percent of parents said their children under the age of 2 watch some form of electronic media. The survey found that the average child watched television programs for one to two hours per day. Parents who believe that educational television is "very important for healthy development" are twice as likely to keep...

Guidelines For Infant Sleep Safety Expanded
2011-10-18 08:28:19

Reports of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined significantly since 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. But other sleep-related deaths have continued to rise. One of those sleep-related deaths, suffocation, is being tackled head-on by the AAP. The academy is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies and calls for parents to not use bumper pads in cribs because babies can suffocate...

New Guidelines For Diagnosing ADHD
2011-10-17 11:20:32

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer new information on helping doctors diagnose and treat children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The guidelines describe the special considerations involved in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents. The new guidelines for children from ages 4 to 18 also help children with hyperactive/impulsive behaviors that do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for ADHD. "Treating children at a young...

2011-10-17 05:38:10

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer new information on diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in younger children and in adolescents. ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in about 8 percent of children. Emerging evidence makes it possible to diagnose and manage ADHD in children from ages 4 to 18 (the previous AAP guidelines, from 2000 and 2001, covered children ages 6 to 12). The new...

2011-10-16 21:45:48

O. Marion Burton, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will address attendees at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday,Oct. 15, 2011, at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. Dr. Burton will outline AAP efforts to advance its agenda for children and reflect on his year as AAP president. In his talk, Dr. Burton will focus on maintaining the advances made, while not losing ground as budget cuts threaten to dismantle prior successes. Hard-won victories...

2011-08-30 18:38:10

Analysis by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers of ten years of scientific studies has resulted in changes in American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for how initial urinary tract infection in infants and toddlers is diagnosed and treated. This change will affect thousands of children every year. The findings of the IU School of Medicine investigators argue against exposing all young children who are diagnosed with an initial urinary tract infection (UTI) to a painful...

2011-08-11 09:24:00

CHICAGO, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading dental and pharmacy organizations are teaming up to promote oral health and raise public awareness of dry mouth, a side effect commonly caused by taking prescription and over-the-counter medications. More than 500 medications can contribute to oral dryness, including antihistamines (for allergy or asthma), antihypertensive medications (for blood pressure), decongestants, pain medications, diuretics and antidepressants. In its most...

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