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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

As part of that commitment, the AAP publishes expert advice for parents, caregivers, and patients on Pediatric Patient Education. Information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and many titles also are available in Spanish.

  • 1 to 2 Years: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death of children younger than 4 years in the United States? Most of these injuries can be prevented.

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  • 10 Years: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to the life and health of your child? Injuries are the leading cause of death of school-aged children. Yet you can prevent most major injuries if you and your child take a few simple steps.

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  • 2 to 4 Years: Safety for Your Child

    TIPP SHEETS: Injuries are the leading cause of death in children younger than 4 years in the United States, and most of these injuries can be prevented. Firearms in the home, poisons, falls, burns, drowning, and poor safety practices while driving with your child in a car all pose serious threats. These

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  • 5 Years: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to the life and health of your child? Injuries are the leading cause of death of school-aged children. Yet you can prevent most major injuries!

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  • 6 Years: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to the life and health of your child? Injuries are the leading cause of death of school-aged children. Yet you can prevent most major injuries!

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  • 6 to 12 Months: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that hundreds of children younger than 1 year die every year in the United States because of injuries — most of which can be prevented?

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  • 8 Years: Safety for Your Child

    Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to the life and health of your child? Injuries are the leading cause of death of school-aged children. Yet you can prevent most injuries!

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  • A Message to Parents of Teen Drivers

    Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults. More than 5,500 young people die every year in car crashes and thousands more are injured. Parents can play an important role in reducing these numbers and keeping their teens alive.

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  • A Parent's Guide to Teen Parties

    As a parent, you know the importance of your teen's social life and that parties are a way to socialize and relax. But an unsupervised or poorly planned party can result in unwanted or even tragic consequences. However, parental responsibility is the key to a fun and safe party.

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  • A Parent's Guide to Toy Safety

    Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it's important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys.

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  • A Parent's Guide to Water Safety

    Drowning is one of the top causes of injury and death in children. Children can drown in pools, rivers, ponds, lakes, or oceans. They can even drown in a few inches of water in bathtubs, toilets, and large buckets.

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  • A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice

    Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents and caregivers check for, treat, and prevent the spread of head lice.

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  • ACL Injuries (Care of the Young Athlete)

    The ACL is the ligament that connects the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) inside the knee joint. Ligaments are tough, non-stretchable fibers that hold bones together. The ACL, along with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial

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  • ADHD Basic Facts: What Every Parent Should Know Before Starting a Child on Medication—ADHD Toolkit

    Studies have shown that medication is effective in treating the symptoms of ADHD alone or in combination with behavioral interventions.

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  • ADHD—How Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnosed?

    Your child’s or teen’s doctor will determine whether your child or teen has ADHD by using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically for children, teens, and young adults 4 to 18 years of age. It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in children younger than 4 years.

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  • ADHD—What Are Common Questions About Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms?

    Common questions and answers from the American Academy of Pediatrics about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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