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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.

  • Insect Repellents: What Parents Need to Know

    Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. Some insects carry dangerous germs such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease bacteria, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever bacteria.

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  • Internet and Your Family, The

    The Internet can connect you and your family to all types of resources. At your computer, you and your family can read the latest news, look up information, listen to music, play games, buy things, or e-mail friends. The possibilities for learning and exploring on the Internet are endless. However, not

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  • Intervention Approaches Used for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder—Autism Toolkit

    If you have concerns about your child’s development and behavior, your child should be seen to tell if she needs therapy. You do not need a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to begin many kinds of therapy. There can be a long wait for ASD diagnosis, so it is important to start therapy while

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  • Is Your Child Ready for Sports? (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Sports readiness means that a child has the physical, mental, and social skills to meet the demands of the sport. While general guidelines can help you select a sport based on age, it's important to remember that children develop at different

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  • Is Your Toddler Communicating With You?

    Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word! A baby's cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. In this publication the American Academy of Pediatrics shares information about how children communicate and what to do when there are

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  • Jaundice and Your Newborn

    Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about jaundice, bilirubin levels, treatment of jaundice, when to follow up after discharge, and when to call the doctor.

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  • Jaundiced Newborn

    Jaundice means the skin has turned a yellow color. Bilirubin is the pigment that turns the skin yellow.

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  • Jellyfish Sting

    Sting from a jellyfish. Jellyfish cause most of the stings that occur in sea water. The main symptoms are pain, burning and redness at the sting site. Red lines are common.

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  • Jock Itch

    Fungus infection and rash of the groin and inner, upper thighs. Jock itch is also called ringworm of the crotch

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  • Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (Normal Loose Joints)

    Children with this syndrome have loose joints. Movement at their joints are excessive. Joints can be stretched beyond the normal range. Affects over 10% of children.

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  • Keep Your Family Safe: Fire Safety and Burn Prevention at Home

    Fires and burns cause almost 4,000 deaths and about 20,000 hospitalizations every year. Winter is an especially dangerous time, as space heaters, fireplaces, and candles get more use in the home. It is no surprise that fires in the home are more common between December and February. However, you might

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  • Keratosis Pilaris

    A chronic condition of dry, rough skin on the upper arms. Called Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

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  • Know the Facts About HIV and AIDS

    HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). While there is no cure for HIV, early diagnosis and treatment are very effective at keeping people healthy. In addition, there are things you can do to prevent getting HIV. Read on to learn more

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  • Labial Fusion

    The labia minora (vaginal lips or folds) are stuck together. Also called labial adhesions

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  • Laboratory Tests—Autism Toolkit

    All children have some laboratory tests at birth and as part of regular checkups. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often need more tests. These tests can help find the cause of the condition or problems related to it that may not be obvious. This helps guide your child’s doctor in treating

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  • Lacrosse (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It's both a contact (boys) and noncontact (girls) sport. Injuries differ between the contact game of boys' lacrosse (body contact and stick checking allowed) and the noncontact

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