Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teens getting their licenses after 18: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
If your teenager is like many today (including one of mine), they may not be in a rush to drive. They pass their sixteen birthday, happily taking the bus or getting rides. Then they’re still without a license at 17. At 18 or older, they realize they need to drive to work and start the learning-to-drive... Read more

Parents and teens: How to fight nicely

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Mayweather vs Pacquino isn’t the only fight to happen recently. Every day there are frustrated teens and parents sparring outside the ring — behind closed doors in their homes as well as in my adolescent medicine office. In exam room #1 are a mother and her teenage daughter. I was seeing... Read more

Baby’s Dream recalls cribs and furniture

Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:33 AM
Baby’s Dream recalled about 4,600 full-size cribs, furniture and accessories sold in a vintage grey paint because they exceed federal lead limits. If ingested, lead can cause adverse health effects. The furniture was sold under the Brie, Braxton, Heritage, Everything Nice and Legendary collections... Read more

Helping kids cope with springtime allergies

Monday, May 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s springtime, and allergy specialists in the Northeast are busier than ever. It seems that every year we see headlines about it being an especially bad allergy season. In general, we have been seeing an increase in the prevalence of allergies over time, as well as an increase in asthma diagnosis... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Kiwi-strawberry watermelon pops

Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:56 AM
These last few days in Philadelphia have been so beautiful, it’s clear summer is right around the corner. And with those warm days ahead, your family will be looking for a sweet treat to beat the heat. Instead of store bought treats full of sugar and little to no nutrition, why not make your... Read more

Surprise! Children may learn more from the unexpected

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
Purple Elephants! If that statement was not what you expected, your brain likely triggered a chemical response that encouraged you to discover how elephants could be purple. A new study out of Johns Hopkins University found that children as young as 11 months will attempt to explore the methods of... Read more

Chores: To pay or not to pay?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s obvious that doing chores pays off in big benefits for the family and the child, but does that mean parents shouldn’t pay children for the work they do? Not surprisingly, a survey conducted by Time for Kids showed that 75 percent of the children polled thought they should get paid.... Read more

What nutrient can help control a child's blood pressure?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
If I asked you to name the most important nutrient for controlling your child’s blood pressure, what would you guess? Sodium? A vitamin? Surprising to many, potassium has recently made the news in the medical community as potentially more important than sodium for blood pressure control. But... Read more

How often do concussions occur in football for kids and young adults?

Monday, May 4, 2015, 11:00 AM
In any one high school football season of 10 games, assuming 40 athletes participated; four players will have a concussion. Concussions in football occur frequently, but when do they usually happen? A slight majority of concussions happened during youth football games, but most concussions at the... Read more

IKEA expands recall of crib mattresses

Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:43 AM
IKEA has recalled about 131,000 SULTAN crib mattresses in the United States and about 44,000 in Canada because the crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations, posing an entrapment hazard to infants. This is an expansion of a previous... Read more
About this blog
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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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