2017 Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care

Pediatrics. 2017 Apr;139(4):e20170254. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0254. Epub 2017 Feb 17.


The 2017 Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and represents a consensus of AAP and the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Workgroup. Each child and family is unique; therefore, these recommendations are designed for the care of children who are receiving competent parenting, have no manifestations of any important health problems, and are growing and developing in a satisfactory fashion. Developmental, psychosocial, and chronic disease issues for children and adolescents may require frequent counseling and treatment visits separate from preventive care visits. Additional visits also may become necessary if circumstances suggest variations from normal.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*