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What is Pediatric Care Online?

Pediatric Care Online is a practical and convenient resource integrating a full range of essential pediatric-specific clinical information and premier patient education content. This innovative and dynamic tool includes a wealth of point-of-care references, tools, videos, handouts, and more.

Introductory Video

Doody's Review of Pediatric Care Online (June 2021)

Pediatric Care Online
 gives you MORE of the trusted answers you and your patients expect, with a greater combination of content, including

  • Trusted answers from your point-of-care resource—Pediatric Care Online 
  • The complete Red Book Online—the definitive source for pediatric infectious disease diagnosis and treatment
  • The exclusive Pediatric Patient Education library with hundreds of pediatric-specific patient handouts including the Schmitt Pediatric Care Advice collection. Most handouts available in English and Spanish, and selected handouts in 12 additional languages.
  • Tool and resource collections in AAP Toolkits—featuring updated editions of the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, ADHD Toolkit, Autism Toolkit, and Mental Health Toolkit.

Pediatric Care Online is packed with top resources...

  • Point-of-Care Quick Reference—with more than 240 select topics taken from the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care outlined for quick and easy access.
  • AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care—providing a wealth of expert guidance spanning every aspect of current clinical practice with more than 3,000 pages of content.
  • Bright Futures—complete with comprehensive health supervision guidelines for well-child visits
  • Common Pediatric Medical Procedures video series—featuring the 13 Pediatric Procedural Skills required by the ACGME designed to leverage the power of video-based learning to provide physicians with essential training on how to perform medical procedures in the office or hospital settings.
  • Timely webinars—keeping you current and abreast of the latest information and content.
  • And so much more.

...and the latest tools to help provide optimal patient care.

  • Pediatric Drug Lookup
  • Interactive Periodicity Schedule
  • Algorithms and clinical calculators
  • Visual libraries with more than 3,000 images
  • Forms and tools to help screen, track, and record clinical information
  • And so much more.

Meet the Pediatric Care Online Editorial Board who oversees development of these features and keeps the site updated with the latest research and findings from the field.

Access is easy and fast with our state-of-the-art digital platform: 

  • Robust searching—utilizing the latest in semantic search technology.
  • Responsive design adjusts automatically to your favorite device
  • Clean look and feel with improved site navigation.
  • Streamlined log-in process for easy access at the point of care.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Pediatric Care Online?

Pediatric Care Online is a comprehensive resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of over 67,000 board-certified pediatrician members dedicated to the health of all children. Pediatric Care Online combines essential clinical information, such as the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care and Bright Futures, with practical point-of-care resources, such as Visual Library, Videos, Webinars, Pediatric Drug Lookup, and Interactive Periodicity Schedule. In addition, Pediatric Care Online now provides complete access to Pediatric Patient Education, Red Book Online, and the complete Bright Futures, Mental Health, ADHD, and Autism Toolkits.

How do I access Pediatric Care Online?

Pediatric Care Online is accessible via computers and mobile devices. Most content requires a subscription. Individuals can subscribe via shopAAP. Mobile users with wireless Internet access (WiFi or cellular data) can simply open from their mobile device browser and access the mobile-optimized site. 

Institutions, practices, and others seeking multi-user access can subscribe by submitting the Site License Inquiry Form or by contacting or 888/227-1770 (+1 630-626-6000).

How do I log in?

Individual users log in using their AAP ID and password—if you are a member of the AAP or if you subscribe to other content, such as Pediatrics or Grand Rounds journals, or PediaLink, your AAP login (AAPID or e-mail address) and password are the same as for those sites. Institutional/practice-based subscribers can be automatically authenticated by IP address, OpenAthens, or referring URL; depending on the administrator. When you are authenticated, the welcome in the upper right will display your name or institution’s name. 

How do I use Pediatric Care Online?

The quickest way to find content is via search. However, all content is also accessible via the homepage, the top navigation menu, and the footer links.

How do search results work?

All search results display in the main search results window; a column on the left shows all the sources of content. Click on a content source to only see results from that resource.

Is the content evidence-based?

The AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care and the derived Point-of-Care Quick Reference are evidence-based, with clear references and links to the original research that supports the recommendations. Evidence grades are not available. Bright Futures and Red Book content are expert, peer-reviewed opinion and policy of the AAP.

How does Pediatric Care Online stay current?

The Pediatric Care Online Editorial Board and AAP staff closely monitor new relevant research, policy, publications, and news, and develop updates for the site. Our drug database (Pediatric Drug Lookup) partner, Lexicomp, tracks drug recommendations that continually update the content.

How do I get Technical Support or provide feedback?

Complete the Contact Us form with your information, question, and detailed information about the problem/error or feedback and we will respond to you.

How do I request permission?

Please contact our Permissions Department at or use the Get Permission link in the content toolbar to complete a request through Copyright Clearance Center.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is a professional membership organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The AAP is committed to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its publishing program. Editorial boards, author selections, and author transitions (publication succession plans) should be designed to include diverse voices that reflect society as a whole. Editor and author teams are encouraged to actively seek out diverse authors and reviewers at all stages of the editorial process. Publishing staff are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of publication writing, review, and production.

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