The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement for the Periodicity Schedule, a document that addresses updated preventative pediatric healthcare recommendations.
Statement Rundown: The Periodicity Schedule is revised annually to reflect the consensus of the AAP and Bright Futures workgroup and is designed for the care of children who receive competent parenting, have no manifestations of any important health problems, and are developing in manner consistent with healthy children of similar age. Changes have been made to recommendations on hearing, psychosocial/behavioral assessment, depression, maternal depression, newborn blood, newborn bilirubin, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, dyslipidemia, and oral health.
The updated recommendations have been made in the following domains:
- Hearing: Updates were made to timing and follow-up of hearing screening during infancy. In addition, adolescent risk assessment has changed to screening once during each time period.
- Psychosocial/Behavioral assessment: This has been updated to reflect the need for family-centered…