It is an honor and privilege to present the second edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics Quick Referen
Guide to Pediatric Care. Medical knowledge is expanding rapidly and it is difficult to keep up with it, especiall
for busy practitioners taking care of children during their daily practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics
Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care is the go-to reference for everyone taking care of children, providing
them with the information they need while seeing patients or between appointments without having to sift
through mounds of information.
This trusted resource contains nearly 200 topics from the Point-of-Care Quick Reference of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) online resource Pediatric Care Online™ ( Succinct
displayed in a bulleted format, the content covers key aspects of pediatric care: screening, treatment, signs an
symptoms, emotional and behavioral problems, and specific clinical problems.
The content in this publication was culled from the following best-selling AAP resources:
Pediatric Care Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition
Red Book®: 2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 30th Edition
Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the authors and editors of these AAP resources.
I am grateful to many individuals at the AAP who encouraged and supported me in the production of this
second edition. My sincere thanks to Ms Jennifer McDonald, manager, online content at the AAP, for her
dedication and commitment in getting this second edition published on schedule. I could not have done this
without the support of my wife, Dr Ambika Mathur, and my children, Dr Amol Kamat and Dr Aarti Kamat, fo
putting up with me as I worked late nights and weekends, editing to meet the deadline for this publication.
It is our hope that the American Academy of Pediatrics Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition,
will be the standard point-of-care reference for everyone who takes care of children, including pediatricians,
pediatric residents, and medical students alike, as they strive to provide the best care possible for infants,
children, adolescents, and young adults all over the world.
Deepak M. Kamat, MD, PhD, FAAP
Editor in Chief
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