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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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