Objective. To provide the pediatric practitioner with a summary of available data regarding the appropriate time of hospital discharge of the term newborn.
Methodology. Published series on early discharge were critically reviewed.
Results. Heterogeneity and limitations of methodology and study design substantially limit conclusions that may be drawn from published studies.
Conclusion. Early discharge recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics remain appropriate, and decisions regarding the timing of discharge of the well term newborn should be individualized and made by the practitioner based upon the medical, social, and economic aspects of each case.