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Archive: May, 2012

Kids with hidden high blood pressure

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:57 AM
High blood pressure sounds like a problem that pops up late in middle age – coinciding with a growing collection of elastic-waist pants in the closet, walking shoes that are gathering dust and perhaps an uptick in stress as you worry about your parents, your kids, your job and more! But a recent... Read more

Sports drinks hurt kids’ teeth

Monday, May 14, 2012, 1:20 PM
The sports drinks and energy drinks that up to 62 percent of teens drink regularly deliver more than calories and caffeine. A new study shows that high acid levels can permanently damage the glossy enamel of their teeth. "Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports... Read more

Hey Mom, hold the beef (and chicken nuggets, and fish sticks)

Friday, May 11, 2012, 3:31 PM
When reality television personality Bethany Frankel announced on the cover of a popular parenting magazine that she was raising her toddler as a vegetarian, she was criticized by both the media and parents around the country. People called her, “crazy” and called her decision “child... Read more

Diagnosing a Rare, Genetic Disease

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 3:41 PM
by Gary Emmett, M.D. Five years ago, a one-year-old boy named Connor was brought into my office for a second opinion. He had gone to a fine pediatrician on the Main Line who knew that something was very wrong, but did not know exactly what. As a baby, Connor had seemed healthy and normal until about... Read more

Measuring your kid's activity level

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:48 AM
Classic fitness advice says kids need an hour of vigorous activity every day. In theory, that makes sense. In real life, it can be tough figuring out whether your child’s gotten 5, 10 or 200 minutes of activity in a day. When they’re in school, you’re not there to see what they’re... Read more

Does your child need allergy shots?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2:56 PM
Pollen season came early this year, bringing with it an early start to the sneezing, sniffling, itchy-eyes season for many kids. If your child’s discomfort lasts for weeks or months on end or is so severe that it interferes with school, other activities or sleep, you may wonder if allergy shots... Read more

Asthma drugs: What every parent should know

Monday, May 7, 2012, 1:43 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. My last blog was about Stefon, a teenager who did not really understand when he was in trouble with his asthma or how asthma medicines could help him. This blog is about those medications – and how to use them. First, some basics. There are two kinds of asthma medicines:... Read more

Injury prevention tips straight from the ER

Friday, May 4, 2012, 11:45 AM
By Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. The CDC recently released data showing that unintentional injuries remain the number one killer of kids, claiming the lives of 9,000 children in the U.S. in 2009 alone. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls are the most common ways children are... Read more

Safest sleep for babies

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 4:02 PM
Sudden infant death syndrome has been cut in half since a 1994 safety campaign urged parents to put babies to sleep on their backs. But there’s still danger. SIDS is still the top cause of death in young babies – and rates are holding steady. In addition, suffocation deaths in babies less... Read more

Is your teen’s asthma out of control?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 1:53 PM
By Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Stefon is 15 and has asthma. More importantly, his asthma is often out of control – and as a result he’s been admitted to the hospital once in the last year and spent the night in the ER twice. He has a preventive steroid inhaler, but stops using it once he feels... 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
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 Jefferson Medical College
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
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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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