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July 2022

Pediatric Care Online Resources and More! Posted 7/28/22
Pediatric Care Online—the point-of-care resource designed to meet the every day clinical reference needs of health care professionals—offers users many clinical resources. In addition, PCO also provides valuable infectious disease resources with access to Red Book Online, parent and patient resources on Pediatric Patient Education, and a wealth of practical resources and tools in the four AAP Toolkits: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bright Futures, and Mental Health.

Pediatric Care Online
The Interactive Periodicity Schedule now reflects changes that were recently made to the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, also known as the "Periodicity Schedule"—a schedule of screenings and assessments recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. In addition to modified topic titles and revised footnotes, this update includes two new topics that were added as a risk assessment:

  • Hepatitis B Virus Infection for age visits newborn through 21 years.
  • Cardiac Arrest/Death for age visits 11 through 21 years.

Refer to the Interactivity Periodicity Schedule to see all the updates, as well as a PDF of the updated Periodicity Schedule, which includes a detailed summary of the changes.

Red Book Online
The three Vaccine Status Tables contain current information about recently submitted, licensed, and recommended vaccines and biologics, including status of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure process and related AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Information in the Vaccine Status Tables was recently updated to include the following:

Table 1. Status of Recently Submitted, Licensed, and Recommended Vaccines & Biologics

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella: New entry
  • PCV15
    • New AAP/CDC recommendations
    • Updated FDA age indication and licensure date

Table 2. Status of Recently Submitted, Licensed, and Recommended Influenza Vaccines

  • IIV4 (Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent) and IIV4 (Fluad Quadrivalent): Updated comments regarding age preference
  • RIV4 (Flublock Quadrivalent): New vaccine

Table 3. Sars-CoV-2 Vaccines

  • mRNA162b2
    • Updated storage requirements
    • New guidance for ages 6 months–4 years
    • New Biologics License Application (BLA) status for ages 12–15 years
  • mRNA-1273: New guidance for ages 12–17 years, 6–11 years, and 6 months–5 years
  • Novavax: Updated FDA status

Pediatric Patient Education
New and revised content is continually added to the comprehensive online library of patient handouts. The following revised and new content was recently added to PPE:

AAP Toolkits
The Bright Futures Toolkit was recently updated to reflect the updated AAP Periodicity Schedule—additional recommended screenings were added to the Bright Futures Toolkit: Links to Commonly Used Screening Instruments and Tools page, which was also refreshed with a new design to match the Interactive Periodicity Schedule on PCO.

See all four AAP Toolkits at https://publications.aap.org/toolkits.

View the newly updated Pediatric Care Online Video Tour to learn more about all the resources available to you as a PCO user!


June 2022

New Updates to the PCO Interactive Periodicity Schedule Posted 6/29/22
The Pediatric Care Online (PCO) Interactive Periodicity Schedule was updated to reflect changes that were recently made to the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, also known as the "Periodicity Schedule"—a schedule of screenings and assessments recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. Updates include:

  • Hepatitis B Virus Infection – This is a new topic that was added as a risk assessment for age visits newborn through 21 years.
  • Cardiac Arrest/Death – This is a new topic that was added as a risk assessment for age visits 11 through 21 years.
  • Depression – This topic was modified to “Depression and Suicide Risk Screening.”
  • Psychosocial/Behavioral Assessment – The topic was modified to “Behavior/Social/Emotional Screening.”
  • Fluoride Varnish – The footnote was revised to:
    The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians apply fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption. Once teeth are present, apply fluoride varnish to all children every 3 to 6 months in the primary care or dental office based on caries risk. Indications for fluoride use are noted in “Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting.”
  • Fluoride Supplementation – The footnote was revised to:
    If primary water source is deficient in fluoride, consider oral fluoride supplementation. See “Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting.”

Please refer to the PCO Interactivity Periodicity Schedule to see all the updates. A PDF of the updated Periodicity Schedule is also available on PCO and includes a detailed summary of the changes.


May 2022

PCO Webinar—Bridging the Gap: Practical Mental Health Interventions for Pediatric Clinicians Posted 5/16/22
We invite you to join us on Friday, May 27, at 1:00 pm ET when Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP, Cody Hostutler, PhD, and Jeff Shahidullah, PhD, discuss practical strategies to help pediatricians implement mental health care for their child and adolescent patients. Objectives of this webinar include:

  • Name two to three brief communication strategies that improve mental health care.
  • Demonstrate two to three brief intervention strategies to improve treatment for common mental health concerns.
  • Identify ways to practice these skills in daily practice.

To view the webinar on Friday, May 27, please click here or use the following url: https://event.webcasts.com/viewer/event.jsp?ei=1549639&tp_key=b66b25c3e8

Rebecca Baum, MD, FAAP, is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Section of Development, Behavior and Learning in the Department of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Baum has led several clinical, educational, research, and quality improvement efforts at the state and national levels focused on improving care for children with behavioral health conditions.

Cody Hostutler, PhD, is a pediatric primary care psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at The Ohio State University. His clinical, research and administrative work focuses on supporting primary care teams in managing behavioral health needs through training, consultation, and behavioral health integration.

Jeff Shahidullah, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist embedded within a developmental behavioral pediatrics clinic at the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin/Dell Medical School. Dr. Shahidullah's expertise pertains to the development and implementation of models of integrated behavioral health care within primary care.


PCO Webinar Now Available—Updates to 2022 Immunization Schedule Posted 5/2/22
The following PCO Webinar, presented by Hank Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP, on April 8, is now available to view on Pediatric Care Online (PCO) and Red Book Online (RBO).

Now More Than Ever: Updates to the 2022 Children and Adolescent Immunization Schedule
In this PCO Webinar Dr. Bernstein discusses the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2022. Objectives of this webinar include:

  • Review the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for 2022.
  • Share the rationale for the latest updates to the immunization schedules.
  • Discuss COVID-19 vaccines in children.

To view the webinar, go to the PCO Webinars or RBO Webinars pages.

Henry (Hank) Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. He presently is a member of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the FDA, an ex-officio member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee), and Associate Editor of Red Book Online. After recently completing his 4-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC, he serves as a consultant to the ACIP’s COVID-19, Influenza, and Immunization Schedules Workgroups.


Translated Parent Handouts Added to Bright Futures Toolkit and Pediatric Patient Education Posted 5/2/22
As a PCO subscriber, you have access to the handouts that were recently translated into 12 new languages and published in the Bright Futures Toolkit and Pediatric Patient Education Handouts by Language. These handouts, for visits up to 2 years of age, are now available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.

These translations are made possible with the support of members, staff, and businesses who donate to the AAP Friends of Children Fund


March 2022

PCO Webinar—Now More Than Ever: Updates to the 2022 Children and Adolescent Immunization Schedule Posted 3/25/22
We invite you to join us on Friday, April 8, at 1:00 pm ET when Henry (Hank) Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP discusses the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2022. Objectives of this webinar include:

  • Review the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for 2022.
  • Share the rationale for the latest updates to the immunization schedules.
  • Discuss COVID-19 vaccines in children.

To view the webinar on Friday, April 8, please click here or use the following url: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1539525&tp_key=35cf7cb778

Henry (Hank) Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. He presently is a member of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the FDA, an ex-officio member of the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee), and Associate Editor of Red Book Online. After recently completing his 4-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC, he serves as a consultant to the ACIP’s COVID-19, Influenza, and Immunization Schedules Workgroups.

Dr. Bernstein taps into his extensive 37-year experience as a general pediatrician in private practice, the National Health Service Corps, and as Chief of General Academic Pediatrics at urban, suburban, and rural children’s hospitals to promote the health and well-being of children, their families, and communities.

His private, community-based primary care (generalist) experiences, in combination with academic leadership responsibilities, have provided him with a value-added, translational science perspective, unique from many others in academia.

This tacit knowledge enables him to fulfill a lifelong passion of communicating, educating, and translating science into clinical settings, educational venues, policymaking, and media interactions to advance the health of children.


Second Infant Death May Be Linked to Contaminated Formula Posted 3/2/22
A second infant death may be linked to contaminated powdered infant formula prompting another lot of Similac formula to be recalled, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some Similac, Alimentum and EleCare formulas are being recalled after four infants have had Cronobacter sakazakii infections and one had a Salmonella Newport infection after consuming the formula. The Abbott Nutrition powdered infant formulas were produced at the company’s Sturgis, Michigan, facility and distributed nationwide and internationally.

Consumers who have one of these powdered formulas should look for the code printed on the product packaging near the expiration date. They should not use the formula if it meets three criteria:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.

In addition, Similac PM 60/40 with lot code 27032K80 (can) / 27032K800 (case), is being recalled. It was distributed in the U.S. and Israel. Consumers can check if their formula is being recalled by visiting the company’s website and entering the lot code.

For the full article and additional resources, please see AAP News.


February 2022

AAP Pediatric Care Online Call for Authors Posted 2/16/22
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Publishing group is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the national editorial authoring team for Point-of-Care Quick Reference topics on Pediatric Care Online (PCO)—the AAP’s digital point-of-care resource.

The goal for authoring is to update these Quick Reference topics with succinct information that allows the clinician to use in point-of-care decision-making in both diagnosis (including any appropriate labs/imaging) and treatment. This includes referencing relevant current AAP guidelines and policies to reflect the most up to date, best practice information on clinical topics. 

This is a great opportunity for national AAP involvement that will fit in with any schedule and is for those new to the review process. The authoring group will be supported by the PCO Editorial Board. If you are interested in authoring a PCO Quick Reference topic(s), please complete the application form and return to Jennifer McDonald, along with your curriculum vitae, at jmcdonald@aap.org. If selected as an author, instruction of the authoring process will be provided, as well as a list of the topics that are available.

APPLICATION


New Webinar Available to View on PCO! Posted 2/8/22
The following PCO Webinar, presented by Melissa Hudson, MD, FAAP, is available to view on Pediatric Care Online (PCO).

Long-term Follow-up Care for Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivors
In this PCO Webinar Dr. Hudson discusses how primary care pediatricians can efficiently access resources to guide them in providing evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer. Learning objectives of this webinar include:

  • Utilize the Children's Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines and the newly published AAP clinical report “Long-term Follow-up Care for Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors” to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.
  • Identify barriers in pediatric primary care clinics that make it difficult to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.
  • Develop possible solutions to overcome the barriers in pediatric primary care clinics that make it difficult to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.

To view the webinar, click here or go to the PCO Webinars page at https://publications.aap.org/pediatriccare/resources/15681.

Melissa M. Hudson, MD, FAAP is a Member and Director of the Cancer Survivorship Division in the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Hudson serves as Co-Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Co-Chair of the International Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Guideline Harmonization Group.


January 2022

Pediatric Care Online—A Look Back at 2021 Posted 1/26/22
Pediatric Care Online—the point-of-care resource designed to meet the every day clinical reference needs of health care professionals—had a busy year with new content and updates.

New Unified Site
All your trusted AAP resources, including Journals, News, Solutions, and Books, are now all on a unified site, AAP Publications, offering unparalleled innovation with quick access to essential pediatric titles all in one place.

As part of your PCO subscription, you have access to the Solutions sites on this new platform: Red Book Online, Pediatric Patient Education, and AAP Toolkits—all newly streamlined for ease of use and quick answer finding, including a redesigned home pages to easily find pertinent features and key content at a glance.

Updated Point-of-Care Quick Reference Topics
Using the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care as the foundation, the Point-of-Care Quick Reference provides succinct, bulleted text in a standardized format to find clinical content fast. Last year, many topics were updated and many more are to come, including:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anxiety and Trauma-Related Distress
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Colic
  • Croup (Acute Laryngotracheobronchitis)
  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Disorders of Sex Development
  • Disruptive Behavior and Aggression
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Dysphagia
  • Emotional or Behavioral Problems in Children Younger Than 5 Years
  • Extremity Pain
  • Foot and Leg Problems
  • Gender Identity
  • Hirsutism, Hypertrichosis, and Precocious Sexual Hair
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity
  • Jaundice
  • Learning Difficulty
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Microcephaly
  • Nonadherence to Medical Treatment
  • Nonconvulsive Period Disorders
  • Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Odor (Unusual Urine and Body)
  • Perinatal Depression
  • Petechiae and Purpura
  • Proteinuria
  • Pruritis
  • Psychiatric Emergencies in Pediatrics
  • Puberty: Normal and Abnormal
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Scrotal Swelling and Pain
  • Short Stature
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Splenomegaly
  • Sports Medicine
  • Temper Tantrums and Breath-Holding Spells
  • Torticollis

PCO Webinars
PCO Webinars are presented by distinguished experts on important and timely topics in pediatrics. Last year we were fortunate to offer the following:

Red Book Online

New 2021 Edition of Red Book now on Red Book Online
The newly revised and updated Red Book: 2021–2024 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 32nd Edition was posted to Red Book Online—the go-to resource for the most current information on infectious diseases.

View the new edition of the Red Book clicking "Red Book 2021" on the home page of Red Book Online, or go directly to the Table of Contents. Also refer to the Summary of Major Changes to quickly see all the new and updated content in the Red Book 2021

New Outbreaks
Information and resource links for current infectious disease outbreaks. This section focuses on current outbreaks that affect the pediatric population and that have been identified in multiple US states. Current outbreaks on Red Book Online include:

Pediatric Patient Education

New, Expanded, and Updated Handouts Collections
As a subscriber to Pediatric Care Online, you have full access to Pediatric Patient Education—your trusted source when patients and parents are looking for expert advice for and about kids.

In 2021, the following updates and enhancements were made to Pediatric Patient Education Handouts by Collection:    

  • Six handouts in English and six handouts in Spanish from the Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Pediatrics: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition were added to a new Mental Health Toolkit Handouts collection.
  • A new ADHD Toolkit Handouts collection landing page was created featuring seven handouts in English and seven handouts in Spanish from Caring for Children With ADHD: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 3rd Edition.
  • Fourteen handouts in English and 14 handouts in Spanish from the Vaccine Information Statements collection were updated.

Mental Health Toolkit on PCO
The new Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Pediatrics: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition is available as part of your Pediatric Care Online subscription.

The tools in this collection align with the all-new AAP Mental Health Competencies for Pediatric Practice, giving you convenient access to core content, forms, screening and assessment resources, and all-new videos demonstrating conversation techniques firsthand. These succinct clinical tools provide step-by-step decision support for assessment and care of children, covering the most common mental health topics


December 2021

PCO Webinar: Long-term Follow-up Care for Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Posted 12/1/21
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 15, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET when Melissa M. Hudson, MD, FAAP discusses how primary care pediatricians can efficiently access resources to guide them in providing evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer. Learning objectives of this webinar include:

  • Utilize the Children's Oncology Group Long Term Follow Up Guidelines and the newly published AAP clinical report “Long-term Follow-up Care for Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivors” in order to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.
  • Identify barriers in pediatric primary care clinics that make it difficult to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.
  • Develop possible solutions to overcome the barriers in pediatric primary care clinics that make it difficult to provide evidence-based care for survivors of pediatric cancer.

To view the webinar on Wednesday, December 15, please click here or use the following url: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1516421&tp_key=f521d4023c

Melissa M. Hudson, MD, FAAP is currently a Member and Director of the Cancer Survivorship Division in the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Hudson serves as Co-Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer and Co-Chair of the International Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Guideline Harmonization Group.


November 2021

PCO Webinar—Introducing the New Mental Health Clinical Support Chart Posted 11/24/21
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET when Jane Meschan Foy, MD, FAAP and Cori M. Green, MD, MS, FAAP discuss care of common pediatric mental health problems within pediatric practice and use of a clinical support tool in decision-making about mental health care. Learning objectives of this webinar include:

  • List commonly occurring pediatric mental health concerns.
  • Describe evidence-based “common factors” communication skills that are effective in reducing distress and readying patients and their families to receive help across a wide range of presenting concerns.
  • Describe evidence-based strategies to reinforce strengths and promote emotional health in families affected by a child’s mental health problem(s).
  • Describe examples of brief interventions—“common elements” of evidence-based therapies for a related group of symptoms.
  • Use a clinical support chart to assist in implementing the skills and approaches above.

To view the webinar on Wednesday, December 8, please click here or use the following url: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1516418&tp_key=673eee3706

The Presenters

Jane Meschan Foy, MD, FAAP has been involved in pediatric practice, teaching, administration, and/or advocacy in various combinations throughout her career—for the last 2 decades as an academic generalist at Wake Forest School of Medicine, retiring to the Wake Forest Emeritus Academy in July 2021. Dr. Foy’s work has focused on caring for under-served populations in community and school-based settings; enhancing mental health care in pediatric practice; and training residents in community pediatrics and advocacy. She has been active in the NC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) since completing her residency and she served as its president from 1998–2000; she has been active in the AAP since 1998 in various leadership roles before serving on its Board of Directors from 2013–2019.

For the last ten years, Dr. Foy has been involved in authoring and editing AAP publications on the topic of pediatric mental health. She served as lead author of the AAP policy statement on mental health competencies for pediatrics and, most recently, edited Managing Mental Health Concerns in Pediatrics: A Clinical Support Chart. Dr. Foy currently serves as an Associate Editor of Mental Health on the PCO Editorial Board.

Cori M. Green, MD, MS, FAAP is Director of Behavioral Health Education and Integration in pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. Her clinical and research focus is the integration of pediatric mental health care into pediatric care and she has received grant funding and published in this field. She is a faculty member for Project TEACH and the REACH Institute where she trains pediatric providers to integrate mental health into primary care.

Dr. Green is part of several of the AAP mental health initiatives as a member of the Mental Health Leadership Workgroup. She also consults for the American Board of Pediatrics.


Now Live! Pediatric Care Online on New Unified Site Posted 11/19/21
All your trusted AAP resources, including Journals, News, Point-of-Care Solutions, and Books, are now all on a unified site at https://publications.aap.org offering unparalleled innovation with quick access to essential pediatric titles all in one place.

As part of Point-of-Care Solutions, Pediatric Care Online (PCO) is on this unified site. Newly streamlined for ease of use and quick answer finding, PCO now has a new fresh look, including a redesigned home page where you will find pertinent features and key content at a glance, including the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, Point-of-Care Quick Reference, Webinars, and much more.

And, as part of your PCO subscription, you have access to the other Point-of-Care Solutions sites, Red Book Online, Pediatric Patient Education, and AAP Toolkits, which are also on the new unified site.

Visit PCO today and discover newly enhanced layouts and functionality, such as all your point-of-care clinical resources (Algorithms, Drug Lookup, Forms & Tools, Videos, and Visual Library) in one drop-down menu on the PCO home page, and split screen functionality that allows you to view AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care chapter text on the left and figures, images, tables, references, and related articles on the right.

Visit the new unified site or learn more at https://www.aap.org/pubscentral.


October 2021

Coming Soon—Pediatric Care Online on New Unified Site Posted 10/20/21
Coming in November, all your trusted AAP resources, including Journals, News, Point-of-Care Solutions, and Books, are moving to one unified site offering unparalleled innovation with streamlined access to essential pediatric titles all in one place.

As part of Point-of-Care Solutions, Pediatric Care Online (PCO) will be on this unified site. Newly streamlined for ease of use and quick answer finding, PCO will also have a new fresh look, including a redesigned home page and split screen content viewing. See below for a sneak peek.

New PCO Home Page—Find pertinent features and key content at a glance, including the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, Point-of-Care Quick Reference, Webinars, as well as access to Red Book Online, Pediatric Patient Education, AAP Toolkits, and much more.

New Clinical Resources Organization—All your point-of-care clinical resources are now at your fingertips in one drop-down menu on the PCO home page, including Algorithms, Drug Lookup, Forms & Tools, Videos, and Visual Library.

New Split Screen Functionality—View AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care chapter text on the left and figures, images, tables, references, and related articles on the right.

Learn more at https://www.aap.org/pubscentral and be on the lookout for additional messaging about this exciting new unified AAP site.


September 2021

PCO Webinar—Positional Molding vs. Craniosynostosis Posted 9/7/21
We invite you to join us on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 5:00 pm EDT when David Chesler, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAAP and Elias Rizk, MD, MSc, FAANS, FAAP discuss positional molding and craniosynostosis, including:

  • The basic pathology underlying positional molding
  • Treatment options for positional molding and when they should be employed
  • The basic pathologies underlying non-syndromic and syndromic craniosynostosis
  • The circumstances and timing under which it is necessary and appropriate to refer for neurosurgical consultation
  • Treatment options for syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis and when they should be employed

The Presenters:

David Chesler, MD, PhD, FAANS, FAAP
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Stony Brook Children’s

Elias Rizk, MD, MSc, FAANS, FAAP
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Penn State Health

Unable to view the webinar live or have you missed past webinars? All PCO webinars are archived at
https://publications.aap.org/pediatriccare/resources/15681


The Next AAP Town Hall: COVID – How are the Children? Posted 9/7/21
The AAP hosts a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next session will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm CDT. During this event, we will address the variety of impacts that COVID-19 is having on children and adolescents. Join us for this informative session where you will hear from leading experts and connect with your peers.

View this and previous AAP Town Halls here.


August 2021

AAP Town Hall: COVID-19 Hot Topics | Posted 8/13/21
The AAP hosts a bi-weekly series of virtual town halls linking members with leading experts to discuss emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next session will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm CT and will address the COVID-19 variant, vaccinations, back-to-school, and other pressing topics. Join us for this informative session where you will hear from leading experts and connect with your peers.

View this and previous AAP Town Halls here.

Expert Panelists:
Sara Bode, MD, FAAP
Chairperson-elect, AAP Council on School Health
Medical Director, Nationwide Children's Hospital's Care Connection School-Based Health and Mobile Clinics

David W. Kimberlin, MD, FAAP
Editor, AAP Red Book
Sergio Stagno, MD Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases
Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; and Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Bonnie Maldonado, MD, FAAP 
Chairperson, AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases 
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and of Health Research and Policy; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development, Stanford University School of Medicine


May 2021

Mobile Apps Retirement: Red Book® Online and Pediatric Care Online™ | Posted 5/14/21
On June 1, 2021, the AAP mobile apps Red Book Online (RBO) and Pediatric Care Online (PCO) will be retired to align with our efforts to provide the most updated content with the best user experience to our members and customers.

Please see the FAQs for more details about the plan as well as the best ways to access RBO and PCO content on a mobile device going forward.


American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for Children and Teens Age 12 and Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine | Posted 5/12/21
Itasca, Ill.—In a new policy statement today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends vaccinating all children ages 12 and older who are eligible for the federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

The AAP policy statement comes amid a discussion by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents 12 years and older, including a review of the data provided by clinical trials. Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization for use of the vaccine in the 12- to 15-year age group. Both steps were part of a long-standing, rigorous and transparent process that leads to the development of all vaccines.

The AAP recommends that all eligible children, teens, family and household members be vaccinated as soon as possible. Pediatricians are especially concerned about communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are working to ensure equity in the vaccine’s distribution.

Click here for the full press statement.

AAP Policy Statement: COVID-19 Vaccines in Children and Adolescents

AAP News article: AAP, CDC recommend COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and older

HealthyChildren.org article: Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine


April 2021

PCO Webinar—A Multidisciplinary Approach to Infants with GERD-like Symptoms: A New Paradigm | Posted 4/12/21
We invite you to join us on Friday, April 23, at 11:00 am EDT when Mark Fishbein, MD, FAAP discusses a multidisciplinary approach to infants with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)-like symptoms. Objectives of this webinar include:

  • Understand GERD-like symptoms in infants.
  • Distinguish GERD-like symptoms from GER and GERD.
  • Recognize the symptoms of dysphagia and colic and the role of therapy to address these conditions.


Mark Fishbein, MD, FAAP is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and medical director of the Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorder Clinic at Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital. He is the coauthor of Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet and The CALM Baby Method: Solutions for Fussy Days and Sleepless Nights published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

All PCO webinars are archived at https://publications.aap.org/pediatriccare/resources/15681


March 2021

New PCO Webinar—2021 Immunization Schedule | Posted 3/29/21
Now available!

NEW Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Immunizations in 2021
In this webinar, Henry (Hank) Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP discusses the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2021, including the rationale for the latest updates and the process for approval of COVID19 vaccine in children.

Have you missed past Pediatric Care Online (PCO) Webinars? View them any time on the PCO Webinars page. Here are a few PCO Webinars available now:

Acute Kidney Injury in Children
Brian Stotter, DO, FAAP discusses how to formulate a differential diagnosis for causes of acute kidney injury (AKI) based on clinical and laboratory findings, as well as how to describe the initial management of AKI and recall the indications for renal replacement therapy.

Hematuria in Children
Dr. Stotter identifies the different causes of hematuria in children; evaluates the source of hematuria based on history, physical exam, and diagnostic studies; and distinguishes between isolated hematuria and hematuria associated with other renal and systemic manifestations that would require nephrology follow-up.

Pediatric Hypertension
Dr. Stotter defines and confirms elevated blood pressure and hypertension in children; lists common causes of hypertension in children across different age ranges; and describes the diagnostic evaluation of a child presenting with suspected hypertension based on history and physical exam findings.

Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening
Paul Lipkin, MD, FAAP and Michelle Macias, MD, FAAP summarize the recommended steps for effective developmental surveillance and screening, identify components of developmental surveillance, and identify AAP partner initiatives and resources available to assist with implementation of developmental screening, referral, and follow-up.

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Susan Hyman, MD, FAAP and Susan Levy, MD, MPH, FAAP describe effective methods for screening and early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in primary care; report the components of diagnostic and etiologic evaluation of children with ASD; identify evidence-based interventions for the core deficits of ASD and associated co-occurring conditions; and report strategies to engage in shared decision-making and partnership with families/caregivers of children and youth with ASD.

Find all PCO Webinars at https://publications.aap.org/pediatriccare/resources/15681


February 2021

New Mental Health Toolkit on PCO! Posted 2/25/21
The new Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Pediatrics: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition is now available as part of your Pediatric Care Online (PCO) subscription.

All clinicians working with children and adolescents must be prepared to be a first-line advocate when mental health concerns arise.

This toolkit is designed to empower pediatric care providers to ready their practice for delivering comprehensive mental health care. The 2nd edition, Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Pediatrics: A Practical Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, has been condensed to deliver a streamlined collection of tools that are most relevant to pediatric practice in a new online format as part of the AAP Toolkits collection.

The tools in this collection align with the all-new AAP Mental Health Competencies for Pediatric Practice, giving you convenient access to core content, forms, screening and assessment resources, and all-new videos demonstrating conversation techniques firsthand. These succinct clinical tools provide step-by-step decision support for assessment and care of children, covering the most common mental health topics including:

  • Anxiety and Trauma-Related Distress
  • Depressive Symptoms
  • Disruptive Behavior and Aggression
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disturbances in Children Younger Than 5 Years
  • Sleep Problems
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidality and Trauma

Start using this toolkit today at Mental Health Toolkit.


PCO Webinar—Hit Me with Your Best Shot: Immunizations in 2021 Posted 2/23/21
We invite you to join us on Monday, March 8, at 12:00 pm EST when Henry Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP discusses the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2021. Objectives of this webinar include:

  • Highlight the current Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule: United States, 2021.
  • Understand the rationale for the latest updates to the 2021 universal immunization schedule.
  • Understand the process for approval of COVID19 vaccine in children.

Henry Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. He presently is a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Associate Editor of Red Book Online. He is an ex-officio member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Bernstein taps into his extensive 36-year experience as a general pediatrician in private practice, the National Health Service Corps, and as Chief of General Academic Pediatrics at urban, suburban, and rural children’s hospitals to promote the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities.

His private, community-based primary care (generalist) experiences, in combination with academic leadership responsibilities, have provided him with a value-added, translational science perspective, unique from many others in academia.

This tacit knowledge enables him to fulfill a lifelong passion of communicating, educating, and translating science into clinical settings, educational venues, policymaking, and media interactions to advance the health of children.


January 2021

Pediatric Care Online—A Look Back at 2020 Posted 1/12/21
Pediatric Care Online—the point-of-care resource designed to meet the every day clinical reference needs of health care professionals—had a busy year with new content and updates.

Updated Point-of-Care Quick Reference Topics
Using the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care as the foundation, the Point-of-Care Quick Reference provides succinct, bulleted text in a standardized format to find clinical content fast. Last year, many topics were updated, including:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Amblyopia and Strabismus
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Constipation
  • Diaper Rash
  • Enuresis
  • Epistaxis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Fever of Unknown Origin
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Headache
  • Healthy Weight
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Screening
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hematuria
  • Hemoglobinopathies and Sickle Cell Disease
  • Hemoptysis
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hepatomegaly
  • High Altitude Illness
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Macrocephaly
  • Otitis Externa
  • Otitis Media
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotonia
  • Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura
  • Irritability
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Pinworm Infestations
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Polyuria
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Proteinuria
  • Screening for Anemia
  • Severe Acute Asthma
  • Stridor
  • Syncope
  • Urinalysis and Urine Culture
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Vision Screening
  • Vitamin D Inadequacy
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Wheezing

New and Updated AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care Chapters
Neonatology for Primary Care, 2nd Edition, including six brand new chapters, was added to the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care—the first-ever AAP textbook, including 375 chapters that address clinical issues faced by physicians who care for children.

  • Chapter 88.1: Optimizing Nutrition for the Preterm, Very Low-Birth-Weight Infant After Discharge From Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Chapter 88.2: Newborn Immunizations and Immune Prophylaxis
  • Chapter 88.3: Balancing Safe Sleep and Other Recommendations for Newborns
  • Chapter 95.1: Vascular Anomalies
  • Chapter 106.1: Endocrine Disorders Manifesting in the Newborn Period
  • Chapter 116.1: Shared Decision Making Around Home Technologies

PCO Webinars
PCO Webinars are presented by distinguished experts on important and timely topics in pediatrics. Last year we were fortunate to offer the following:

  • Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Susan L. Hyman, MD, FAAP and Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders Through Developmental Surveillance and Screening – Paul H. Lipkin, MD, FAAP and Michelle M. Macias, MD, FAAP
  • Acute Kidney Injury in Children | Hematuria in Children | Pediatric Hypertension – Brian Stotter, MD, FAAP

Red Book Online

Current Outbreaks
This section focuses on current outbreaks that affect the pediatric population and that have been identified in multiple US states. Current outbreaks on Red Book Online include:

  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis
  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19)
  • Measles – 2019 Outbreaks
  • Meningococcal Serogroup Y Strain with Penicillin & Ciprofloxacin Resistance

Pediatric Patient Education

Handouts by Language
As a subscriber to Pediatric Care Online, you have full access to Pediatric Patient Education—your trusted source when patients and parents look to you for expert advice for and about kids.

In addition to English and Spanish, 11 pediatric patient handouts are now available in the following 12 languages on Pediatric Patient Education:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hmong
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Vietnamese

Thank you for your continued support of PCO!

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