Child Health

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The mission of the College is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. To this end, the College produces sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing.  Links to these position and policy statements as well as other resources are found on this page.

Official statements of the American College of Pediatricians categorized by topic:

The Family unit is fundamental to the success or failure of child rearing.  The College has developed the Family Cycle to demonstrate the importance of every aspect of childrearing and the perpetuating effects of the process.

Central to the effectiveness of the Family is the health of the marriage.  Visit Marriage Matters to learn more.

For parents, the biggest challenge before them is how to guide and discipline their child to become healthy, competent, and responsible.  For a detailed explanation of the process of discipline and its practical application, visit: Responsible Discipline.

Crucial to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults is their sexual responsibility.  Visit Sexual Activity Among Youth for more information.

Members of the College have developed patient information sheets on various parenting topics.  Visit: Handouts for Parents and Teens.