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Year in review: Top 10 stories of 2018 :

December 13, 2018

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.

1.New child passenger safety seat guidance advises kids to ride rear-facing as long as possible; drops age criterion

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.

2.AAP a leading voice against separating children, parents at border

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.

3.2018 immunization schedules released

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.


4. Best toys for children’s development? Hint: They are not electronic or costly

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 development.


5. AAP influenza immunization recommendations revised for 2018-’19 season

AAP recommends inactivated influenza vaccine as the primary choice and intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine for children who would not otherwise receive an influenza vaccine.

6. Some food additives raise safety concerns for child health; AAP offers guidance

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.

7. 5 facts about vaping to talk about with your teen

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.

8. E-cigarette studies bust safety myths

Two new studies on e-cigarettes published in Pediatrics  showed they contain cancer-causing chemicals and are associated with future cigarette smoking in teens.


9. Specific criteria must be met to use prolonged services codes

While certain encounters may seem prolonged, Current Procedural Terminology  codes for prolonged services in inpatient and outpatient settings can be reported only when specific criteria are met.

10. How to code for flu vaccine, administration in 2018-’19 season

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.

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