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 professionals​ with updated background and recommendations for pediatric health promotion, health supervision, and anticipatory guidance for 31 age-based visits. The 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. 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-based visit in the Bright ​Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition.

​​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.   

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The new Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition​ has replaced 3rd Edition with new and updated content. The 4th Edition is available below for download for review and reference purposes only. Visit ShopAAP where you purchase it in paperback and eBook formats​​.​​​​​

 Introductory Materials

​This section provides an overview of the comprehensive approach to health supervision, contributors, acknowledgements, In Memoriam, and an introduction to the 4th Edition.

 Bright Futures Evidence and Rationale, Health Supervision Visits

​This section includes an introduction, evidence and rationale, and 4 chapters providing detailed health supervision and anticipatory guidance for the 31 age-based recommended health supervision visits.​


 Bright Futures Appendices and Index

​​This section includes all of the appendices and the book index.


 Bright Futures Guidelines 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 on the go. With all the essentials, the Pocket Guide summarizes each visit's developmental observation, physical examination, medical screening, immunizations, and anticipatory guidance. Preview it in the PDF below.

Bright Futures Guidelines Pocket Guide

 Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) - Updated March 2021

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.