Friday, December 19, 2014

'Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,' but encourage your girl babies to be engineers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
I was so excited to hear about the new action figures and toys that are on the market that appeal to the hidden engineer/inventor/scientist in our daughters. You have GoldieBlox, Superstruct Pinklets, pink Mega Bloks, Roominate, and there’s a robot- themed Lottie doll with a robot accessory! As... Read more

What lessons can I teach my child during the holidays?

Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
It’s holiday time again, a season ripe with opportunities to promote brain development and build independent skills in kids. What? I know, it seems a little extreme, but it’s true! The opportunities are endless. You could help build your child’s frontal lobe development by practicing... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Slow cooker barbeque pulled pork

Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
If your family is tired of chicken, insert an easy pork entrée into the dinner rotation. Tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that softens up in the crock pot. Combine this with a homemade barbeque sauce and you have a quick and healthy weeknight meal that is super flavorful! Slow Cooker Barbeque... Read more

CDC advisory: Infant death caused by contaminated probiotic powder

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a health advisory after a premature infant in Connecticut died in October of a rare fungal infection of the intestines called Mucormycosis. The baby first had signs and symptoms of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which results from poor... Read more

Help! My child doesn't want to give up the pacifier

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Edward Moody, DDS, a pediatric dentist in Morristown, Tennessee and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. A version of this article appeared on the AAPD website. Many parents are thankful for the invention of pacifiers that can help calm and soothe fussy... Read more

Sex play between kids: What's normal?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
For more than a century, developmental psychologists have been studying how and why children play. One of the most widely accepted schools of thought describes children progressing through three stages of play: solitary, or playing by themselves; parallel, or playing near other children, but not necessarily... Read more

Caregiving youth: A hidden population

Monday, December 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance abuse. These "caregiving youth" are a hidden population who are at risk... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Chicken Swedish meatballs

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:21 AM
Both my girls enjoy this Swedish meatball recipe that uses ground chicken breast. You can serve it with a side of lightly buttered egg noodles, and peas or steamed broccoli. Chicken Swedish meatballs Ingredients: - ¼ cup prepared bread crumbs (or you can make your own by pulsing whole... Read more

What resources can help me manage my child's asthma?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, Director and Founder of The Community Asthma Prevention Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It’s easy to feel alone when your child has asthma. Long nights in the emergency room and seemingly uncontrollable symptoms can... Read more

The power of effective praise

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
A fellow Healthy Kids Blogger has already written an excellent post on the difference between parental rewards, bribes, and extortion to modify child behavior, so I will focus my post today on a very particular type of reward that is like catnip for kids: labeled praise. Also known as “effective... 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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