Whether the AAP was making new recommendations on car seats, advocating against family
separation at the border or publishing the latest research on the dangers e-cigarettes,
AAP News has been covering it all so that pediatricians can stay up to speed on how best to
care for children.
Here is a look at the Top 10 most-read stories on our website in 2018. Click each headline to read the full article.
New evidence over the past decade prompted the Academy to update its recommendations
for when a child should move from a rear- to a forward-facing car safety seat. A specific
age, 2 years, was removed as a criterion.
Highly stressful experiences, including family separation, can cause irreparable harm
to lifelong development by disrupting a child’s brain architecture. AAP leaders have
visited the border and shared firsthand accounts of children impacted by separation.
The 2018 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules include several
updates and modifications to the catch-up schedule and the schedule for people ages
0 through 18 years who have a specific medical indication.
A toy’s most important attribute is its capacity to bring the parent or caregiver
and the child together in playful interactions that are warm and full of rich language,
supporting the parent-child relationship and the child’s social-emotional and cognitive-language
More than 10,000 chemicals are allowed to be added to food in the U.S., but the Food
and Drug Administration is unable to ensure all of those chemicals are safe. Children
are particularly vulnerable to the effects of chemicals added to foods because they
eat more per pound than adults, and their developing organ systems may be susceptible.
E-cigarettes are unhealthy and addictive, but new research estimates that about 3
million adolescents use them. E-cigarettes can be disguised to look like a pen, a
computer memory stick, a car key fob or even an asthma inhaler.
Pediatricians should note several details about the flu vaccines they use, including
whether they are trivalent or quadrivalent, have preservatives, the dosage, route
of administration and other distinctive features.