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Spanking: A Valid Option for Parents

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) takes issue with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recent statement, Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children, which declares all disciplinary spanking by parents to be harmful to children. This statement continues to rely upon poorly designed, biased studies, despite the ACPeds’ 2017 challenge to the AAP that their […]

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Vote Best for Children

As our Local, State and National elections fast approach, and as early voting is about to open in many States, the American College Of Pediatricians (ACPeds) renews its call to “Elect Candidates Who Support the Best for Children.” As we step to the ballot box we must note that those for whom we vote work […]

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Sex Change isn’t Child’s Play

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) calls upon the pediatric profession to exercise caution in following the recent recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to indiscriminately validate all “gender identities” in children. Without addressing the possibility of a child being transiently or pathologically confused, the AAP instructs pediatricians to always validate such feelings […]

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An Ounce of Prevention for Teen Depression

In its newly released statement, Decreasing the Risk of Depression in Youth, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alerts parents and health professionals to the many protective factors against child and adolescent depression. These include parents maintaining a loving low-conflict marriage (1) , practicing authoritative parenting, maintaining family connectedness, discouraging drug use, promoting sexual abstinence (2), restricting […]

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Mother-Child Bond and Mitigating Toxic Stress

In three newly released statements *(part 1, 2, 3), the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alerts physicians and parents to the benefits of the mother-child bond, and the risks that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have upon the young child. Research now shows that anxiety, depression, or intimate partner violence experienced by women while pregnant, […]

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Birth Control Pill and Teen Suicide

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) notes with interest the recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (1) documenting an increased risk factor of suicide – nearly doubled (RR 2.06) for suicide attempts and more than tripled (RR 3.08) for successful suicide – among adolescent girls who use hormonal contraceptives. This study did not determine […]

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