Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Performance Packaging recalls children’s food pouch attachment

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:10 AM
Performance Packaging recalled about 6,000 children’s food pouch attachments because the tube of the pouch topper that screws onto the food pouch can separate from the round base, posing a choking hazard to young children. The recalled PouchPops are silicone toppers that screw onto a baby food... Read more

Question medical over testing and over treatment of your children

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Working in the ER, I regularly get asked by worried parents to send more tests or to do more intervention on their child "just in case" and for their own peace of mind. When the requests are medically unnecessary, I do my best to dissuade parents. Most times, I am successful, but sometimes, parents'... Read more

Standardized testing, parents, and politics: The surprising link

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:54 AM
Late last week a story appeared on this website about a group of parents whose children attend the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences in North Philly. The parents sent formal letters to school officials withdrawing their children from participation in standardized testing. When I first saw the... Read more

Kids and infectious diseases: It’s been a difficult season

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
The flu strain spreading around this year is mainly Influenza A type H3N2, but it is slightly different from the H3N2 in this year’s influenza vaccine. This means that the flu shot (or mist) is only 23 percent effective in preventing the flu compared to 40 percent in the past. However, it makes... Read more

CHOP’s Poison Control Center: Top 5 substances kids ingested in 2014

Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Michelle Swartz, RN, BSN, CSPI, a certified poison information specialist at The Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With the start of 2015, it means reflecting back on the Poison Control Center’s calls and overall performance... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Just can it! Turkey chili

Friday, January 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Warm up during these cold winter months with this hearty chili recipe. Just Can It! Turkey Chili Ingredients: - 1 lb lean ground turkey - 1 white onion, finely chopped - 1 washed green pepper, finely chopped - 1 15.5 oz can pinto beans, drained - 1 15.5 oz can black beans... Read more

The dangers of 'pharming parties'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics. While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a new problem... Read more

Disneyland measles outbreak: What you need to know

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last month, health officials reported that nine children had become infected with the measles virus after visiting Disneyland. Since then, the number has grown to at least 80 individuals. In these situations parents of fully vaccinated children may be nervous about traveling to areas near outbreaks... Read more

How could marijuana legalization affect teens?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued on Monday a new policy statement on marijuana that covers in detail many issues about marijuana in regard to adolescents and children. Unfortunately, the overwhelming theme of this new statement is, “We don’t know.” The AAP engages in discussion... Read more

The importance of emotional and behavioral screening for your child

Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
You bring your son to the pediatrician’s office. Physically, you are fairly certain that he is fine, but you can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. His tantrums seem more intense than other children. He seems to keep to himself at the playground. He is unable to attend to a specific... 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
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected