Monday, December 22, 2014

What's the best way to treat my child's cold or flu?

Monday, December 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Cold and flu season is upon us. Now is the time that we start to reach into the medicine cabinet and start to think, what can my children take when they get a cold? The problem is, there is no easy answer. However, luckily there are a few basic rules to treat by. First, the FDA does not recommend... Read more

Giggles International recalls animated sing-along monkey toy

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:20 PM
Giggles International recalled about 13,000 animated sing-along monkey toys because the battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard. The were sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel. The company received two reports of toys overheating and melting their... Read more

Kiddie Korral recalls girls hoodies with ponies

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:57 AM
Kiddie Korral recalled about 2,300 girls hoodies with red ponies because a drawstring through the hood of the hoodies can pose a strangulation hazard to children. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Have a question for... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Lighter chocolate chip cookies

Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
With the holidays fast approaching, many families have a tradition of making cookies together. Traditional chocolate chip cookies can have as much as 130 calories and 6 grams of fat per cookie. Try this adapted Weight Watchers version to trim the calories to 60 and the fat to 2 grams per cookie! Lighter... Read more

Talking to kids about race: Tackling tough questions from Ferguson and Staten Island

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Roger Harrison, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He see patients in both the hospital and Nemours primary care settings. Among his special interests are conduct issues, ADHD and learning problems. Last week, we explored... Read more

Get more out of the holidays using positive psychology

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
“Happy Holidays!!!” Let me break it to you: The holidays aren’t necessarily happy. They don’t, merely by virtue of occurring, guarantee joy. And yet the thought of going out of our way to pursue happiness during the holidays seems a little…bah humbug. The field known... Read more

Why wearing a bulky winter coat in a car seat can be dangerous

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
While it hasn’t been terribly cold this winter (so far), my girls have gotten some use out of their puffy winter coats. With our chilly winter mornings, I’ve been putting them in their car seats with their coats, which led to me slightly loosen up their straps a little bit to make them... Read more

The “split” over cheerleading: Is it an activity or a sport?

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:28 AM
Whatever you call it, cheerleading today is cartwheels away from what it once was. Rewind to a Princeton football game in 1884 when a man gave the first official cheer to encourage his team to do better. Fifteen years later, an all-male “yell squad” cheered at a University of Minnesota... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Slow cooker applesauce

Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:22 AM
Everyone loves applesauce and it tastes even better when you make it yourself...in a crockpot. Take advantage of time saving crockpot cooking during this busy time of year. This recipe will fill your home with the smell of fragrant apples, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Gala, McIntosh and Golden Delicious... Read more

Tips for talking about race with your kids

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Roger Harrison, PhD, a pediatric psychologist with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He see patients in both the hospital and Nemours primary care settings. Among his special interests are conduct issues, ADHD and learning problems. The face of America is... Read more
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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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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