AAP News strove to keep pediatricians and families up to date this year on issues impacting
all facets of children’s health, with articles detailing new research, practice recommendations
and advocacy efforts.
In case you missed any of the biggest headlines of 2017, here is a look at the Top
10 most-read stories on our website, http://www.aappublications.org/. Click each headline to read the full article.
AAP-endorsed guidelines recommend early introduction of peanut protein for infants
who are at increased risk of developing the allergy. The guidelines came in response
to the landmark Learning Early About Peanut trial.
A new AAP policy recommends some children consume less juice than previously advised
and emphasizes the importance of fresh fruit. Juice may provide some vitamins for
children over age 1 but lacks the fiber and protein critical for growth.
The 2017 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules include revised
footnotes for eight vaccines and a new table addressing which vaccines may be indicated
for people ages 0 through 18 years who have a specific medical indication.
New blood pressure tables and streamlined recommendations are among the changes in
new pediatric hypertension guidelines that can help pediatricians identify and address
this generally asymptomatic and often-unrecognized chronic disease.
Non-toxic water beads are tiny hard plastic balls that can grow up to 200 times their
size when placed in water. Children who put them in their ears or mistake them for
candy and swallow them can experience serious internal blockages.
A new AAP clinical report on the evaluation and referral for developmental dysplasia
of the hip (DDH) in infants includes important recommended changes in DDH surveillance
for the pediatrician related to risk factors that may prompt an imaging study. It
also encourages hip-healthy methods of swaddling.
The term Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus
(PANDAS) was coined in the 1980s by Susan E. Swedo, M.D., FAAP, after she discovered
a link between abrupt-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder and group A Streptococcus. It is a subset of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).