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Who Are Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Pediatric-focused APRNs?

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), are advanced practice healthcare providers dedicated to improving children’s health in primary care, as well as specialty and acute care settings. We have been providing quality health care to children and families for over 40 years in an extensive range of practice settings, such as pediatric offices, specialty clinics, school-based health care settings and hospitals, reaching millions of patients across the country each year. Pediatric-focused APRNs spend significant one-on-one time with patients and families to answer their questions and discuss any concerns they may have.

PNPs and their fellow pediatric-focused APRNs serve as pediatric health care providers for children of all ages. You may choose a PNP or pediatric-focused APRN as your child’s health care provider knowing they will receive individualized quality health care focused on the long-term well-being of your child and family. Learn more about us.

KidsHealth® Resources

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is proud to partner with KidsHealth® from Nemours, a leading source of patient and family health care education and resources. Click on the buttons below for easy-to-follow articles, slideshows, videos and health tools designed to help families learn and grow. You can now access expert-reviewed advice on hundreds of physical, emotional and behavioral topics.

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NAPNAP Resources

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other pediatric-focused APRNs are often the health care providers who see your children most frequently and are best acquainted with your children’s well-being. Learn more about behavioral and mental health resources.

Your pediatric nurse practitioner or other pediatric-focused APRN can provide information related to medications, over-the-counter or prescription, and vaccines for your children.

NAPNAP Resources


Back-to-School Ready: All You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Healthy

NAPNAP partnered with HealthyWomen to develop these excellent resources  to help your kids be physically and mentally prepared to go back to school. Getting them caught up on appointments and vaccines, listening to their fears, and adopting healthy habits will help your kids — and you — start the school year off on the right foot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Additional Resources


Infant & Toddler Feeding From Birth to 23 Months: Making Every Bite Count 
This resource provides information on infant and toddler feeding from birth through 23 months of age, including information on breastfeeding, infant formula, the introduction of solid foods and infant safety while eating. Keep in mind that every infant is different, and their diets may vary depending on many factors such as age, stage of development and nutritional needs. Click here to download the fact sheet.

Resources for Your Families During the Formula Shortage
HHS has launched the Information for Families During the Formula Shortage website that contains a comprehensive list of resources and guidance for families seeking formula during the shortage. This site is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, and Navajo.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers on Imported Infant Formula
The FDA has created resources for parents and caregivers to help explain some of the processes associated with, and results of, the agency’s efforts to help facilitate importing infant formula.

Do You Know the Flu?

NAPNAP teamed up with Families Fighting Flu and HealthyWomen to raise awareness about influenza and provide you with customized educational resources.

Caroline’s Story: Having the Flu – Why you don’t want to skip the flu vaccine

Madi’s Story: Flu Vaccine 101 – You won’t want to miss this class!

What is the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV? 

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 types of viruses. Some of these viruses can lead to a variety of different types of cancer and there are more than 40 HPV types that can infect males and females. But there are vaccines that can be used to protect young people from the HPV types that are most closely linked to cancer and genital warts. Studies show the key to protection is early immunization – girls and boys should be vaccinated beginning at 11 years old.

For Pre-teens and Teens

HPV Vaccine Resources (English)

Recursos Vacuna Contra el VPH (Español) 

The following patient education was developed by Medscape through a strategic collaboration with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and supported by an independent educational grant from CeraVe.

Parents should make sure their children are protected against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine–the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose 4 through 6 years of age.

Because kids don’t come with instructions. 

Bright by Text is here for families when you need them most. They share helpful tips, activities and events based on your child’s age and your location. Learn more

Quick tips for busy parents. Make the most of everyday interactions. Sign up today!

Vaping is Not Safe – Especially for Children!

While the number of kids who consume alcohol or smoke marijuana or tobacco products are going down, the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) are on the rise. Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine and companies have targeted children between advertisements and product names. To make matters worse, many e-cigarettes as discrete and look like a USB flash drive.


Summer Safety Tips

Learn tips from the CDC about Keeping Kids Safe This Summer.

Home Health & Safety Tips

Check out germ prevention and home safety tips to keep your family healthy and out of harm’s way.

Be Prepared

NAPNAP has compiled a variety of resources related to being prepared for all types of disasters and ways to keep your family safe. Go to our Be Prepared webpage.

Back to School Family Checklist 

This excellent back to school checklist was developed by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Positive Parenting Tips

Download age-specific Positive Parenting Tip Sheets, for eight different age groups ranging from infants to teenagers. All of the information is available online in English and Spanish. 

CDC Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers: Parenting Videos

The CDC offers parenting videos in English and Spanish, aimed primarily at parents of young children. Here you’ll find videos of the positive parenting skills. For each topic, there are two types of videos:

  • Feature Video of Real-life Parenting Challenges
    Have you ever been frustrated that your child doesn’t listen or struggled with how to handle specific behaviors?  See how parents like you address every day challenges and find real world solutions.  
  • “How-To” Video of Expert Tips and Ideas
    Do you want to know the steps for time-out or how to set family rules? These videos have specific “how-to’s” for positive parenting. Experts provide tips and ideas that are direct and to-the-point.

Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt: Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Program 

This is a brief, population-based intervention designed to prevent violence and mitigate toxic stress. Rates of violence and other health problems could be reduced if all caregivers learned how to respond to the following question appropriately: “Assume you see one young child hit another. What are you going to do?” Watch the videos

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Discipline Strategies

AAP shares ways to help teach your children acceptable behavior as they grow with its 10 Healthy Discipline Strategies That Work.

Adolescence is an exciting time filled with growth, new experiences, increased independence, and self-discovery. Teens are generally healthy and the most common dangers to their health and safety are largely preventable! Injuries from a variety of sources (poisoning, drowning, motor vehicle accidents, fire), suicide and homicide are the leading causes of injury and death among teens. Risk-taking behaviors including unprotected sex and substance use can also negatively impact your teen’s health.

Our homes are considered safe spaces for our families, however potential hazards exist. Parents play an important role in keeping teens safe through education, limit setting and identifying potential dangers.  As parents, you took the time to baby proof and child proof your home. Now that your child is older, it is time again to identify and remove potential dangers.  Parents are also an important source of information for their teens so they may make informed decisions and to avoid unnecessary risks. Follow this room by room guide to identify common household hazards and suggestions for you to make your teen safer at home.


Developed in collaboration by the Adolescent Healthcare and Pediatric Emergency Care Special Interest Groups’ joint project committee members Alison Moriarty Daley, Meara Peterson and Siem Ia.

  • Download or print our two-page hand-out (PDF) with facts and tips for teen proofing your home.
  • Display our poster (PDF) in your home or practice.
  • If you are unable to access these files, please email [email protected] to have a copy emailed to you.

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The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) does not endorse any products or services mentioned on our site or links to external sites. Content provided on is informational only. We encourage patients and families to consult their pediatric health care providers for health care guidance and treatment.

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