Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Teen insomnia: What you can do to help

Monday, July 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight (Phyllis Diller).” Some teens “stay up,” but not by choice. They want to sleep, they just can’t. ... They have insomnia: Defined as having difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or having non-restorative sleep, at least 4 times... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Mac and cheese

Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:37 AM
Check out this easy cheesy made over recipe the next time your family is craving macaroni and cheese! Mac and Cheese Ingredients: - 6 ounces whole wheat dried elbow noodles - 2 tablespoons of light butter spread, divided - 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour - 1 ½ cups 1%... Read more

Should liquid nicotine have warning labels and child resistant packaging?

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Blair Thornley, PharmD, CSPI, a pharmacist at the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A 2-year-old boy was brought to the Emergency Department after tasting some of his mom’s cotton candy-flavored liquid nicotine that had been... Read more

Mutual consent laws – can we legislate intimate conversations?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
Consent for sex is in the news these days – from Bill Cosby’s acknowledgment to using drugs which removed partners’ capability to consent, to mutual consent state laws and campus policies – there is a lot of buzz on this topic and that’s a good thing. The buzz is turning... Read more

Need help? Parenting programs here to support

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
How many times have you had a rough day at work and unconsciously raised your voice at your child for a minor indiscretion? We’ve all been there and there are resources available to help. A stress management parenting program can teach parents techniques for those stressful days. As James M... Read more

The top 5 overused tests and procedures for ill newborns

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pediatrics published a paper online today with a most appropriate name: “Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Five Opportunities to Increase Value.” The paper emphasizes that stopping the use of five procedures on the smallest and sickest newborns would significantly decrease costs, but... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Buttermilk-herb potato salad

Friday, July 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Need a break from the usual potato salad with mayo? This potato salad is lighter and refreshing with its buttermilk dressing and fresh herbs. It's my go-to potato salad for the summer. From the original recipe, I doubled the dressing to make sure the salad doesn't get dry and added celery for some... Read more

Why is stillness and movement needed in school?

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 9:49 AM
Editor's note: This is the first in an occausional series on healthy schools. Children in school are constantly being told to “sit still.” Teachers and parents expect children to sit still and complete assignments. “Sit still and talk to friends during lunchtime.” “Sit... Read more

Nutrition-packed summer produce: What to buy now and where

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer is by far my favorite season. Not only do the longer days lend themselves to a little extra fun, but those warm temperatures yield all of that perfect summer produce we just love. And when you have great produce around, the options for easy, fast, and healthy summer meals are endless. What... Read more

The importance of play: Even for adults!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 9:15 AM
Admit it. We’re all jealous of our kids’ summer vacation. As a matter of fact, most of us mature responsible adults wish we had two months off with no deadlines, no pressure to stay alert during boring meetings, and no reason to get up at 5:30 a.m. to rush to the gym before catching the... 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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