Site Functionality

Pediatric Care Online Umbrella ( Show)

Pediatric Care Online now includes Patient Education Online, Red Book Online and the AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter. Navigate between all of the resources by clicking the red, blue and purple headers at the top of the PCO homepage.

eAlerts ( Show)

The best way to get the latest updates on new content and enhancements to Pediatric Care Online is to sign up for eAlerts. To begin receiving these in your email inbox, click “Sign Up for E-Alerts” in the bottom right corner of the PCO homepage. You can also view them in the “Updates” section on PCO.

Remote and Mobile Device Access ( Show)

You can access PCO remotely from a mobile device or your home computer. Simply log into PCO using your AAP user ID and password from an IP address that is already on the CPP license. You will now be able to access PCO from any IP address using your AAP login credentials.

You do not need to download or install anything to access PCO from a mobile device. The full site is optimized for browsing on such devices, using all major platforms, giving live access to the site and full functionality.

Don’t forget to check out the enhanced PCO mobile app as well!


Printing Patient Handouts ( Show)

Patient Education Online contains various patient handouts for patients and patient families. The site provides a link to the handout content as well as printer-friendly versions if you choose to give them to patients. To view and print a printer-friendly copy of the handout, select the “English” or “Spanish” PDF link below the handout topic header.


Site Content and Navigation

The most used features on PCO include the Quick Reference, Textbook, and Pediatric Drug Lookup. All of these can be found as headers on the PCO homepage.

Search Within Pediatric Care Online ( Show)

Utilize the search box in the top right corner of the Pediatric Care Online homepage. Search results will be returned from all resources within Pediatric Care Online including Pediatric Drug Lookup, AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, Visual Library, Bright Futures, etc. Results will be listed by popularity.

Search Across Entire PCO Umbrella ( Show)

Click “AAP Point-of-Care Solutions” icon to reveal a search box that will search across Pediatric Care Online, Patient Education Online, Red Book Online and AAP Pediatric Coding Newsletter.

Quick Reference ( Show)

Search by Topic or by Symptom by changing the filter along the left side of the search box under this heading. Search results will pull across resources from all areas including the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, the Red Book Online, videos, AAP toolkits, etc. The results will be listed according to popularity.

Pediatric Care Updates ( Show)

This section contains all the latest AAP policies with links to related chapters in the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care.

AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care ( Show)

Pediatric Care Online provides clinical information and recommendations through such features as the newly published AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, directed by a distinguished editorial team and featuring contributions from experienced clinicians nationwide. This 3,000-page textbook is included within PCO in its entirety and addresses day-to-day practice concerns by comprehensively covering screening, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, management, prevention, critical care, practice management, ethical and legal concerns, and more. See how this feature of PCO can assist you in your daily practice by visiting


Interactive Periodicity Schedule ( Show)

Quickly find recommendations for each well-child visit under the “Well Child Resources” heading.


Signs & Symptoms Search ( Show)

Narrow your search within the AAP Point-of-Care Quick Reference by entering and/or choosing symptoms.

  1. Click on Signs & Symptoms Search under Tools on the Home Page or click on Tools in the top menu bar and use the drop-down menu.
  2. Type the symptom in the Quick Lookup box and hit Enter or click on the symptom within the list. The symptom will appear in the Selected Signs & Symptoms to the right.
  3. Enter additional symptoms as needed.
  4. Point-of-Care Quick Reference topics matching these symptoms will appear in the Matches from Quick Reference Topics box in the lower right.
  5. Click on the topic title to view.


Point-of-Care Quick Reference ( Show)

Use the Quick Reference to quickly find concise and top-line information for point-of-care decision-making. This resource takes 241 chapters from the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care and distills the information in a bulleted format, eliminating the need to hunt for the information, such as definition, background, epidemiology, evaluation, interventions, etc.

  1. Click on Point-of-Care Quick Reference under Library on the Home Page or click Library in the top menu bar and use the drop-down menu.
  2. Once in the Quick Reference, use the alphabet bar to find the topic for which you are looking.
  3. Once in the topic, click on the subsection (in the left menu) you would like to view. To view the entire chapter, click on the chapter title at the top of the left menu or click on Display all Sections in the Content Manager box on the far right.


Bright Futures ( Show)

Refer to Bright Futures to help you provide better health care, save time, and keep up with changes in family, communities, and society that impact child health. Click on Bright Futures under the “Well Child Resources”.

This resource has 2 comprehensive sections:

  • Part I – The most current recommendations for promoting the top ten areas common to all stages of child development:
    • Family Support
    • Child Development
    • Mental Health
    • Healthy Weight
    • Healthy Nutrition
    • Physical Activity
    • Oral Health
    • Healthy Sexual Development and Sexuality
    • Safety and Injury Prevention
    • Community Relationships and Resources
  • Part II – The most up-to-date well-child supervision standards focusing on specific guidance for each of the 31 age-based health care visits. Each visit lists five priorities, including sample questions and discussion points for parent and child.


Bright Futures Pocket Guide ( Show)

Use the Bright Futures pocket guide as quick reference tool and training resource. View summaries of the following topics for each well-child visit: development observation, physical examination, medical screening, immunizations, and anticipatory guidance. Also view four all-new appendices: medical screening tables, resources, screening tools, and sample scripts.

Click on the Bright Futures Pocket Guide under the “Well Child Resources” heading.