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Does your child with a food allergy or asthma have an action plan?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
As children with allergies and asthma head off to school, you'll need to be thinking about their medical supplies in addition to their school supplies. It is also important that the school and your child know how and when to use these medications. So how do you put together an action plan that covers... Read more

Lessons learned from a teen parent

Monday, September 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
I have been practicing adolescent medicine for over 20 years. Some people say that that’s enough practice (doctor humor)! In reality, I am always a student and always learning from the best teachers: my patients. Here are some excerpts of a teen parent’s story in her own words (now over... Read more

Healthy family recipe: French toast sticks

Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Looking for a healthier version of a kids favorite? Give these French toast sticks a try. French Toast Sticks Ingredients - 4 egg whites - 2 teaspoon vanilla - 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg - 4 slices whole wheat bread Directions 1. In a... Read more

Is it criminal to let your children be independent?

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
A South Carolina mother is arrested for letting her daughter play in the park near their home while she worked for minimum wage at a McDonald’s? While this was excessive for good child development and safety, most adults now feel that any independence in children is dangerous and even bad for... Read more

Is your family prepared for a disaster?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:24 AM
Many of you (including myself) probably didn’t know that September is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remind us to prepare for emergencies and disasters. After the leftovers of hurricanes that have swept through and the... Read more

10 tips for parents to extract dental fears

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
You say your child is afraid of the dentist? How can this be? The dentist is BFF with tooth fairy! Which probably means the dentist is bros with Santa Claus, too! What’s not to like?! But if your child will not listen to reason, here are 10 tips that will help ease dental fears. These are... Read more

Watch out for high sugar in these drinks

Monday, September 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Gatorade is the “thirst quencher.” Vitamin water wants you to “hydrate the hustle.” With fall sports in full swing, now is the time that many children and teens reach for sports drinks, flavored water, and fruit flavored drinks. However, we may need to reexamine the labels... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Savory butternut squash soup

Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:35 AM
Soups on! Pick up a butternut squash the next time you are at the store and try this fall favorite. No need to add butter or cream. Instead, pureeing the mixture is all you need to make this soup thick and creamy. This soup is fabulous on its own as a side dish or paired with a salad or a sandwich... Read more

Why we shouldn't physically punish our kids

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
The recent arrest of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson has sparked a divided reaction within the NFL around the use of physical punishment with children. Peterson’s lawyer, for example, said that Peterson “used the same kind of discipline…that he experienced as a child... Read more

IKEA recalls GUNGGUNG children’s swing, falls reported

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:03 PM
IKEA recalled about 2,300 GUNGGUNG children’s swings in the United States and Canada because the suspension fittings can break causing a child to fall from the swing, posing a risk of serious injury. The GUNGGUNG swing is intended for indoor and outdoor use by children ages 3-7. It is made... 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, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
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.
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., 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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