Bright Futures Guidelines and Pocket Guide

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition, is an essential resource that provides health care professionasl with updated background and recommendations for pediatric health promotion, health supervision, and anticipatory guidance for 31 age-based visits. The Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition builds upon previous editions with thoroughly revised and updated content that reflects the latest research. It presents a new focus on the social determinants of health and on lifelong physical and mental health.


​​Trusted for its Evidence-informed Content

Each recommendation was reviewed by a panel of experts and subject to public review. Evidence for effectiveness was a core criterion for including—or excluding—recommendations and interventions in the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule.


The new Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition​ has replaced 3rd Edition with new and updated content. The 4th Edition is curren​​tly available at ShopAAP where you can also preview it in eBook format​.​​​​​

Part 1 of the Bright Futures Guidelines features an introduction and 12 chapters on key health promotion themes to be aware of in each stage of child development.

Part 2 of the Bright Futures Guidelines comprises ​​an​ introduction and 5​ chapters. The first chapter provides the evidence and rationale, and the re​​maining 4 chapters provide detailed health supervision and anticipatory guidance for the 31 age-based recommended health supervision visits.

 Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) - Updated Feb 2017

The Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule presents, in chart form, the screenings, assessments, physical examinations, procedures, and timing of anticipatory guidance recommended for each age-related visit in the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition. Explanatory notes and a key to the chart provide important details and references that support the recommendations. The Periodicity Schedule can be helpful to many audiences, including state Medicaid agencies, insurance companies, public health clinics, and pediatric practices.

 Bright Futures Pocket Guide

The Pocket Guide​​ for the 4th Edition summarizes elements of each visit in a handy 7- by 4-inch booklet, ideal for quick reference by providers o​n the go. With all the essentials, the Pocket Guide summarizes each visit's developmental observation, physical examination, medical screening, immunizations, and anticipatory guidance. Click here​ for a preview!