Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
4th Ed.
2017 © The American Academy of Pediatrics
Judith S. Shaw EdD, MPH, RN, FAAP; Paula M. Duncan MD, FAAP; Joseph F. Hagan Jr MD, FAAP
ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-022-0
eISBN-13: 978-1-61002-023-7
Pediatrics, Nursing


This essential resource provides key background information and recommendations for themes critical to healthy child development along with well-child supervision standards for 31 age-based visits—from Newborn through 21 Years. The result: better health care, more efficient visits, stronger partnerships with children and families, and better ability to keep up with changes in family, communities, and society that affect a child’s health.

What’s in the Bright Futures Guidelines, Fourth Edition?
Twelve health promotion themes:

  • • Promoting Lifelong Health for Families and Communities - NEW
  • • Promoting Family Support
  • • Promoting Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - NEW
  • • Promoting Healthy Development
  • • Promoting Mental Health
  • • Promoting Healthy Weight
  • • Promoting Healthy Nutrition
  • • Promoting Physical Activity
  • • Promoting Oral Health
  • • Promoting Healthy Sexual Development and Sexuality
  • • Promoting the Healthy and Safe Use of Social Media - NEW
  • • Promoting Safety and Injury Prevention

Thirty-one age-based health supervision visits—Newborn to 21 Years
All the information and guidance that’s needed to give children optimal health outcomes:

  • • Context
  • • Health Supervision
  • • History
  • • Surveillance of Development
  • • Review of Systems
  • • Observation of Parent-Child Interaction
  • • Physical Examination
  • • Medical Screening
  • • Immunizations
  • • Anticipatory Guidance

What’s NEW in the 4th Edition?

  • • Builds upon previous editions with new and updated content that reflects the latest research
  • • Presents more recommendations supported by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, CDC Community Guide, Cochrane, and high-quality peer reviewed publications
  • • Includes three new health promotion themes
  • • Promoting Lifelong Health for Families and Communities
  • • Promoting Health for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs
  • • Promoting the Healthy and Safe Use of Social Media
  • • New screen time recommendations
  • • Provides greater focus on lifelong physical and mental health
  • • Weaves social determinants of health throughout the Visits, allowing health care professionals to consider social factors like food insecurity, violence, and drug use that may affect a child’s and family’s health
  • • Features updated Milestones of Development and Developmental Surveillance questions
  • • Provides new clinical content that informs health care professionals about the latest recommendations and provides guidance on how to implement them in practice
  • • Maternal depression screening, Safe sleep, Iron supplementation in breast fed infants, Fluoride varnish, Dyslipidemia blood screening
  • • Includes updates to several Adolescent screenings
  • • Cervical dysplasia, Depression, Dyslipidemia, Hearing, Vision, Tobacco/alcohol/drugs, STIs
  • • With Bright Futures, health care professionals can accomplish 4 tasks in 18 minutes!
  • • Disease detection
  • • Disease prevention
  • • Health promotion
  • • Anticipatory guidance

What is Bright Futures?

  • • A set of theory-based, evidence-driven, and systems-oriented principles, strategies, and tools that health care professionals can use to improve the health and well-being of children through culturally appropriate interventions. Bright Futures addresses the current and emerging health promotion needs of families, clinical practices, communities, health systems, and policymakers.
  • • The Bright Futures Guidelines is recognized as the blueprint for health supervision visits for all children.
  • • Bright Futures is the health promotion and disease prevention part of the patient-centered medical home.

Who can use Bright Futures?

  • • Child health professionals and practice staff who directly provide primary care
  • • Parents and youth who participate in well-child visits
  • • Public Health Professionals
  • • Policymakers
  • • Pediatric Educators
  • • MD Residents

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Score: 95/100
4/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.87 Nursing - Pediatrics
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This is an excellent, overall review of the most up-to-date information for pediatricians. It includes new essential topics for contemporary practice. Because of its emphasis on providing for patients, families, and communities, this book will be a welcome addition to any collection."

-- Katherine Messing, M.D. (North Suburban Pediatrics) - Doody's Review


Written for all pediatricians, whether early residents or attendings who have been practicing for years. The authors are knowledgeable and valued in the field of pediatrics.

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