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American Academy of Pediatrics

An Rx for Screen Time: Pediatricians and Kids' Media Use

Julie Dobrow | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Dobrow

When I heard that the AAP was starting to prepare a set of new recommendations for 2016, I was curious to know whether anything would change. I spoke with Dr. Ari Brown, chair of the AAP Children, Adolescents and Media Leadership Work Group to learn about the directions in which the AAP might go.

Pediatrics Group's Position on Tackling in Youth Football Strikes Right Balance

Brooke de Lench | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

A multi-pronged approach to football safety, such as advocated by the AAP in its Policy Statement, and by the experts with whom I work on daily basis, is working. We just have to keep not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

Should We Take the Tackling Out of Youth Football?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Tackling: in so many ways, it's what football is all about. Now, of course running, passing and scoring (and strategy) are important parts of football too. But it's tackling that stops the opponent. Without tackling, you can't play football. Or can you?

Simon and Back to the Future

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Phyllis Sudman

If I could, I would travel back to Lankenau Hospital on October 2, 2004, when I was admitted for pre-term labor. I would request an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check my heart. They checked the flux capacitor before traveling through time.

American Academy of Pediatrics to End Affiliation With Monsanto

Lori Popkewitz Alper | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lori Popkewitz Alper

Months after her initial contact with the AAP Segedie received some good news: The American Academy of Pediatrics has agreed to sever ties with Monsanto by the end of 2015. It is Segedie's hope that the AAP will scrutinize partnerships in a different way now

Screen Time and the AAP: Wait Just a Minute

Gail Cornwall | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Gail Cornwall

News that TVs and iPads are healthier for our infants and toddlers than previously thought would indeed be cause for celebration as a world of cheap, flexible babysitting opens. But it's a little premature to be ordering cake and filling balloons, for a few reasons.

Screen Time and Kids: Pediatricians Work on a New Prescription

Diana Graber | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Research shows that the very young learn best via real life, back-and-forth "talk time." Passive viewing doesn't cut it. Additionally, unstructured offline play stimulates creativity and co-viewing media with children is critical.

7 Parenting Rules I Flat Out Refuse to Follow

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I don't mind being inundated with recommendations from doctors or even self-proclaimed "experts" telling me how to stay a healthy adult. What I do mind, however, is being boldly told what I should and shouldn't do with my children. Before you go having a temper tantrum, I fully recognize the hypocrisy I described. I just don't care.

How To Prevent Screen Addiction In Your Young Children

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics urge parents to limit the time their young children spend interacting with...

Kids, Screens and Play

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Communication through social media seems to heighten a child's expectation of an immediate response and sense of urgency in regard to his or her feelings and needs. Urgency, however, is an enemy of emotional maturity. Children need to learn, slowly over the course of childhood and adolescence, that what they want or need they do not always need "now."

How Much 'Screen Time' Is Too Much? Why That's The Wrong Question

Diana Graber | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Understandably parents want, and need, immediate guidance on how to raise happy and healthy kids, yet rigorous scientific studies of how technology affects the development of young children typically take many years to complete. With technology still in its infancy there is no easy answer to the question of "how much."

Making a Million Moms Proud: The ASK Campaign Has Been Saving Kids for 15 Years

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gross

It's been 15 years since this cry rallied the original, epic Million Mom March on Mother's Day, May 14, 2000. On that historic day, 750,000 mothers and concerned individuals gathered on the National Mall while more than 150,000 rallied in satellite events in 70 cities across the country.

Stand Up for Sleep-Deprived Students

Vicki Abeles | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Vicki Abeles

For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.

The Crucial Message That's Missing From So Much Children's Media

Elizabeth Howley | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Howley

The highest grossing animated movie of all time does something that other areas of pop culture find hard to do: it shows true consent.

What Parents Can Learn About the Internet From Kim Kardashian

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

Children take their cues from their parents' behavior and reactions. Parents' fear of too much screen time is valid, but outdated and not useful in carving out a thoughtful road map.

Schools Should Not Do Random Drug Tests, Experts Say

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Schools should not be using random drug tests to catch or deter drug abusers, the American Academy...

Should Cupcakes Be Banned From School Parties?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Now, I get that banning sweets from school parties or fundraisers or whatever isn't going to make all parents feed their children healthy foods and thereby end childhood obesity. But it does force families to think together about alternatives.

5 Reasons Why Parents of Children With ADHD Need to Become Proactive and Well-Informed Advocates of Their Care

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

All parents should become proactive and well-informed advocates of their children, partnering with their health care providers and allied professionals to ensure the proper diagnosis, treatment and monitoring for each individual child.

Matt Ferner

Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to...

David Freeman

Controversial New Study Links Circumcision, Autism | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science

A controversial new study from Denmark shows a link between circumcision and autism, although experts differ sharply over what to make of it. For t...

CHIP Works: Will Congress Protect It For Millions of Children?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Seventeen years later, how has CHIP fared? First and foremost, as a federal-state and public-private health care partnership, CHIP is an American success story that last year provided health coverage to 8.4 million children across the country.

How Young Is Too Young for Screen Time?

Katya Andresen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Katya Andresen

My view is that it's always a good choice to read to your children. Reading has been shown to diminish stress, improve concentration, fuel academic achievement and build empathy. So whether it's on a page or on a screen, read with your child as much as you can.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

A Matter of Words

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Folks are not familiar with issues around adoption and don't know the correct language to use unless they have been impacted by adoption or educated on the issues. Likewise with the LGBT community.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.