Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Homeopathic medicine: What’s the potential harm?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
What if I told you homeopathy is completely useless? I wouldn’t blame you for being skeptical or feeling that such a statement is arrogant especially when made by an MD. Homeopathy is a multi-billion dollar business and is widely available. Unfortunately, it is essentially nothing more than... Read more

My teen can be so irritable! Is that normal?

Monday, July 6, 2015, 8:28 AM
"My teen can be so irritable! Is that normal?" This ranks high on the list of parental concerns I encounter as a child psychologist. In response, I often raise my eyebrows and shrug. Translation: is anything "normal" during adolescence? Or I offer the (equally unsatisfying) answer: "Your teen is... Read more

When can my child stay home alone?

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school out for the summer and the kids home, you’ll probably find yourself faced with the tough job of deciding if they’re old enough to be left alone. A generation ago this wasn’t such a big deal. Relatives lived close by and if they couldn’t help out, there was always... Read more

Are tampons safe for teenagers?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
A girl’s first menstrual period is a big deal. This usually occurs between ages 12 and 13, but it can happen as early as 9. Whether she calls it her “period,” her “time of the month” or (my daughter’s personal favorite) her “you know what,” she must pay... Read more

Northern Tool + Equipment recalls little digger toy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 8:22 AM
Northern Tool + Equipment recalled about 7,000 of its Wel-Bilt brand Little Diggers, Item # 28303, because red paint on the toy's frame contains excessive levels of lead. This is prohibited under federal law. It is a stationary scooper toy with moveable poles that allow the child to scoop items up... Read more

Duggar family scandal: How to prevent sex abuse in your family

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Josh Duggar grew up in a strict Christian household. His father, Jim Bob Duggar, was a former Arkansas state representative who in 2002 said that rape and incest merited the death penalty and the family became TV stars for nearly seven years on a cable show that focused on their devout life. They... Read more

Dextromethorphan: Why it’s not just cough medicine

Monday, June 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are John Pitsakis, PharmD Candidate, Jefferson School of Pharmacy; Gregory Heindel, PharmD, Pediatric Pharmacy Resident at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Laura Modafferi, PharmD, Emergency Room Pharmacy Resident at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Roasted zucchini

Friday, June 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
Zucchini is a delicious and nutritious summer time vegetable. Try this quick recipe for a flavorful dish your whole family can enjoy. Roasted Zucchini Ingredients: - 2 medium sized zucchini - 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves removed (dried thyme can be substituted) - 2 ½ teaspoons... Read more

What Inside Out can teach parents

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Warning: This review contains mild spoilers Inside Out, the masterful new Pixar movie, is aimed at kids – but has a lot to teach parents. The movie focuses on 11-year-old Riley, or rather on the workings of her mind, where the personified emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust work... Read more

What is mental health first aid for youth?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is H. Jean Wright II, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health and Justice Related Services, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services . Knowing the difference between typical adolescent behavior, and behaviors that should be cause for concern... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist of The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Gary A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Services at Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at CHOP
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D. Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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