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ER visits for pediatric mental health emergencies are soaring

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. Jane (not a real patient), a 15 year old sophomore was sent to the school nurse during second period because she was falling asleep in class. She admitted to the school nurse that prior to coming to school, she overdosed on a mixture of Tylenol... Read more

In a world with guns, sensible ways to keep kids safe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Despite the controversies around guns, there is one thing I think we can agree on – no child should die from guns. While it might be hard to address many of the causes of gun violence, one thing every parent should take responsibility for is gun safety in the home, whether it is your home or... Read more

Is my child susceptible to diabetes?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:49 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Erin Caroulis, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE a Certified Diabetes Educator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As an adult, your doctor may warn you about the risk of diabetes. But it is not just adults who are at risk – children may also be susceptible to diabetes... Read more

Should children avoid meat treated with antibiotics?

Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
Our guest blogger today is Lori Handy, MD from the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Today begins “Get Smart” about antibiotics week sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It serves to raise awareness of the... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Broccoli bacon mac 'n cheese

Friday, November 13, 2015, 9:39 AM
This lighter homemade cheese sauce sneaks in pureed butternut squash, which you can't taste. You can roast butternut squash, buy pureed butternut squash, or substitute with canned pumpkin or mashed sweet potato for this recipe. I used Target's Simply Balanced pureed squash from the grocery aisle. It's... Read more

Teen cigarette smoking is down (yay!), but teen smokeless tobacco is up (WHAT?)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Surprised? Me too! Baseball and smokeless tobacco (ST) have gone together like hand and glove since the 1800s. Players and coaches liked it because it kept their mouths moist. Tobacco-stained spit became the “active ingredient” in the spitball. ST is different from the tobacco used in... Read more

Ways to reduce ER visits for accidental medication overdoses by kids

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Blogging with Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D, Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is Blair Thornley, PharmD, CSPI, a pharmacist at the Poison Control Center at the Children's. It was estimated that 640,000 emergency department visits were made... Read more

Ignite recalls Bueno by Contigo Kids Straw Tumblers

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 3:59 PM
Ignite recalled about 130,000 Bueno by Contigo Kids Straw Tumblers because if a child chewed on the drinking straw, small pieces could break off into the child’s mouth, posing a risk of ingestion or aspiration of the small part. Some of the straws have a plastic mold in the shape of fangs, lips... Read more

Why tattling can be a good thing

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
As parents, we have all been there: your 5-year-old son is playing nicely with another child on the playground and then chaos ensues. Your son runs over to you and screams, “Mom, he hit me!” or “Dad, he called me a name!” You go over the list of options: do you leave the playground?... Read more

Playing alone: Are kids on handheld devices too often?

Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recently published study in Pediatrics of 350 low-income preschool children in North Philadelphia showed more than half had their own televisions and more than 75 percent had their own computer tablet or smart phone by the age of 4. Almost all of the children started using these devices by their... 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. 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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