Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition, is a culmination of the most respected recommendations for the top 10 areas of child development. Along with presenting the most up-to-date information on preventive screenings and services by visit, the Guidelines provides visit-by-visit anticipatory guidance for health care providers.
Promoting Healthy Behaviors
The Guidelines highlights the promotion of mental health and healthy weight as significant and growing challenges to the health of children and adolescents. Discussions are integrated throughout the Guidelines on how to care for children and youth with special health care needs in a culturally appropriate manner and how to provide complementary and alternative care.
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 Periodicity Schedule.
Bright Futures was officially recognized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the blueprint for all visits to the health care provider for health supervision (often referred to as well-child visits).