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Archive: June, 2012

Warning: There’s Benzocaine in Baby Teething Products

Friday, June 15, 2012, 3:35 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. The FDA has again issued warnings about using benzocaine in the mouth of small children. Found in teething and numbing gels and liquids such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase according to the FDA, benzocaine can cause a rare but potentially fatal disorder... Read more

The danger in mothballs

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5:07 PM
Exposure to the chemical naphthalene – found in some moth balls, tobacco smoke, emissions from coal- and wood-burning stoves and even some house paints – can damage kids’ DNA in ways that may raise cancer risk. In a recent study of 113 5-year-olds, researchers from the Columbia Center... Read more

Weight-loss surgery for teens?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 4:58 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. The obesity ”epidemic” is now old news, but it is scaring the heck out of medical practitioners since we know that the very heavy children we are now seeing will have chronic illnesses such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, gall bladder disease and... Read more

Will student cardiac prevention act really help?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 3:41 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act “for preventing sudden cardiac death in student athletes ... .” This makes Pennsylvania the first state with legislation on the books protecting kids from SCA. It... Read more

Keeping kids safe in the water

Sunday, June 10, 2012, 2:32 PM
Swimming season has arrived, when families head to the pool, the lake or the beach. If Memorial Day is just the start of a long season of fun in the water – or even if your child, like almost every kid, will find herself near a body of water this summer – it’s time to brush up your... Read more

Protecting against the big itch

Friday, June 8, 2012, 12:34 PM
The first mosquito carrying West Nile Virus flitted into Berks County, Pa., in early May this year – the earliest this virus has been detected here since the state began tracking in 2000. A few weeks later, the virus was found in mosquitos during routine checks in Pottstown and in Lehigh and... Read more

Preventing repetitive sports injuries

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 11:49 AM
The increasing intensity of organized sports has led to more and more children being treated for repetitive sports injuries. In this week's Healthy Kids Minute, Alfred Atanda, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, offers advice on how to prevent such... Read more

Outwitting the tick boom of 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 11:07 AM
Tick watchers – from foresters in upstate Pennsylvania to disease ecologists – report a population explosion among black-legged ticks, formerly known as deer ticks, this year. The cause isn’t clear. Some credit the mild winter, others say tick numbers have simply been on the uptick... Read more

A parent's guide to shellfish allergies

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:05 PM
by Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. Kids (and adults) typically find out they’re allergic to shellfish when they eat it and have a reaction. That is what happened to B.J., 11, of Wilmington, De. “He’s not a seafood eater, but he tasted shrimp and felt itchy and nauseated, so I... Read more

When teen pregnancy is NOT an option

Monday, June 4, 2012, 4:01 PM
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Most parents tell their teenage children that it would be better for them to wait until they are older to have sex. Doctors tell their teenage patients the same thing. Still, the facts are that almost half of all teens in the United States have had sex by the time they graduate... 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.

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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