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Archive: March, 2012

Don’t let food labels fool you

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 10:00 AM
As a parent, you have a million things on your weekly to do list, and somewhere on that list is grocery shopping. While cruising through the aisles, you are mentally organizing your meals, finding the best deals, and buying the best products for your family. You put the “9 grain” bread... Read more

Play is still children at work

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:45 AM
Are kids forgetting how to play – or being robbed of opportunities to move their bodies, explore their world and learn how to get along with others? Plenty of research says yes. One Yale University study found more aggressive behavior and more expulsions in preschools with less play time. There’s... Read more

What to avoid when you’re expecting

Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:41 AM
A report out this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology says women who are pregnant, or trying to conceive, should avoid environmental toxins that can affect the development of a fetus – and even have life-long health effects. The list includes mercury in certain kinds... Read more

Doctors firing parents who refuse kids' vaccines

Friday, March 16, 2012, 10:38 AM
Increasing numbers of pediatricians are dismissing families that refuse vaccines for their children – due to frustration with uncooperative parents and fears about contagious kids in the waiting room. But should they? This week, University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan urged doctors... Read more

Healthy Kids Minute: Creating the perfect lunch

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 2:58 PM
In this week’s Healthy Kids Minute, Mary Trotter, registered dietitian with Nemours Health and Prevention Services, talks about getting children into healthy eating habits. And that includes her secret to a “perfect lunch” — in particular, one that your child will actually want... Read more

Some help in dealing with food allergies

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:10 PM
Food allergies in kids are on the rise – and so is the emotional toll they can take on parents. A recent survey by the Food Allergy Network found that 62 percent of parents felt fearful and 50 percent felt frustrated about a food allergy’s effects on their child. Over 40 percent said their... Read more

Where have YOU breastfed your baby?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 8:16 AM
Nursing moms know that when the baby's hungry, it's time to breastfeed — even if you're at the supermarket, in the mall, driving home from work, on the beach. Tell us about some of the unlikely places you've ended up nursing your baby. Mine include a Jiffy Lube waiting room, on the beach, on... Read more

Breastfeeding’s best … but not always easy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:28 AM
Breastfeeding moms are standing up for their rights to nurse in public – essential for keeping a hungry baby fed and happy. This past week, “lactivists” staged nurse-ins in Georgia demanding new laws after one pastor insisted a woman stop nursing in church last summer. Moms held over... Read more

When colds become more serious

Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:22 AM
Did you know that the viruses that cause colds (acute upper respiratory tract infections) in children and adults cause a completely different disease in children under 2 years of age? In infants and toddlers, infections with common cold viruses produce a lower respiratory tract infection called bronchiolitis... Read more

Puberty: Early, late or right on time?

Friday, March 9, 2012, 9:53 AM
One of my patients is unhappy with the timing of her puberty. She is a 12-year-old girl who recently got her first menstrual period. She is feeling overwhelmed because she sometimes has them more than once a month. Another one of my patients is also unhappy with the timing of her puberty. She... 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
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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