Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents provides a standardized, well-researched way in which everyone who cares for children in any capacity can help to realize country's health picture for every child in America, regardless of race, religion, background, income, politics, or any other factor.
It catalogues the most effective preventive interventions in children's safety and health, as agreed upon by experts in the field of child health care, public healthy, government, nutrition, mental health, social work, education and more. This latest update is based on the 3rd edition with additional features, enhanced functionality and ongoing updates!
- Outlines activities that are vital to achieving the health goals of the Children's Health Charter, setting forth specific guidance to
# Increase family knowledge, skills, and participation in health-promoting and prevention activities.
# Address the needs of children and youth with special health care needs through enhanced identification and services.
# Enhance health care professionals' knowledge, skills, and practice of developmentally appropriate health care in the context of family and community.
# Promote desired social, developmental, and health outcomes of infants, children, and adolescents.
# Foster partnerships between families, health care professionals, and communities.
- Section I is organized into 10 themes common to all stages of child development, with special emphasis on 2 new significant challenges: mental health and healthy weight.
- Section II focuses on specific guidance for each of 31 age-based health care visits, where each visit enumerates 5 priorities for that visit, including sample questions and discussion points for both parent and child.