The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines for kids on screenings and medications. Depending on your child’s age, here are the things his or her doctor may be looking out for…
New Pediatric Screening Guidelines
- Treatment, diet, lifestyle changes
- Medication for extreme cases
Universal cholesterol screenings are now being recommended for all children between the ages of 9 and 11. The rationale behind this is that gunk in the arteries and the risk of heart disease can begin in adolescence. The new guidelines do not necessarily mean treatment is necessary if cholesterol is high. There is a complex algorithm in place that takes into account a child’s age and history.
- Ages 6 months to 5 years
- As soon as teeth appear
- Too much fluoride is rare
Floride varnishes are being recommended to help kids prevent cavities without having to keep up with flossing. Fluoride toothpaste is also being recommended. You can speak with your child’s doctor about how to apply the new fluoride recommendations.
- Ages 16-18
- 1 in 4 new infections in 13-24-year-olds annually
- 60% youth with HIV don’t know it
At least one screening is recommended during the adolescence period.
- Ages 11-21
- Suicide leading cause of death in adolescents
A significant portion of adult depression actually starts in adolescence. A mental health screening is super important with suicide rates on the rise. Screenings are efficient and allow doctors to refer the patient out if needed.
Drug & Alchohol Questionaire
- All Adolescents
- 6 Questions
The questions ask things like “Have you been in the car with someone drinking alcohol?” “Do you feel relaxed when you use it?” The questionnaire presents paediatricians a place to intervene early when needed.
What are your thoughts on the new guidelines?