Friday, September 4, 2015

Allergies and Asthma

Shellfish allergy: Separating fact from fiction

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
Did you know that someone can develop a shellfish allergy even if shellfish has been eaten before without any issues? Allergy to shellfish can be serious, and there are many myths surrounding this condition. Let’s separate the facts from the fiction: 1. Myth: Shellfish allergy is common in children... Read more

What a food allergy is and not

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Like other allergic diseases, the incidence of food allergies has dramatically increased over the past several decades. When I was growing up years ago, food allergies in school hardly seemed to exist. Fast forward to when my children went to school, and about a handful of students in the entire school... Read more

Summer camp prep: Action plans for food, insect, or pollen allergies

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer camp can be a great experience for children. If your child has allergies, there are some important things to consider as you get him or her ready for this exciting activity. Depending on the camp your child attends, there may be forms for you and maybe your child’s doctor to complete concerning... Read more

Gluten-free diets: Debunking the myth

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:09 AM
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the use of gluten-free diets to counter a myriad of symptoms, ranging from headache, to abdominal pain and even to behavioral problems in children. While many people, including many high-profile celebrities, bring compelling personal stories... Read more

Helping kids cope with springtime allergies

Monday, May 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s springtime, and allergy specialists in the Northeast are busier than ever. It seems that every year we see headlines about it being an especially bad allergy season. In general, we have been seeing an increase in the prevalence of allergies over time, as well as an increase in asthma diagnosis... Read more

Don't give your baby peanuts quite yet!

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 8:43 AM
Many of you may have had a double take when you read about a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the benefits of feeding infants peanuts in order to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy. It has been hailed as landmark study that will rapidly change the guidelines for food... Read more

Nickel allergies & Easter: Can eating chocolate containing nickel cause a skin rash?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
Nickel is one of the most common causes of contact skin allergy, but can consumption of foods containing nickel actually cause a contact dermatitis to occur? And since nickel in foods is not in direct contact with the skin, what is the mechanism for this to occur? Nickel is ubiquitous in nature, and... Read more

What do we know about the recent rise in allergies?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
Over the past few decades, researchers have struggled to answer the question, “Why has the incidence of allergic diseases increased so rapidly in developed countries?” This has led to various theories ranging from the “hygiene hypothesis” which was first proposed back in the... Read more

Common mistakes when using epinephrine autoinjectors

Monday, February 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Epinephrine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of anaphylaxis. For families of children with potentially serious allergies, using epinephrine autoinjectors, such as Epipen or Auvi-Q, in an emergency is not only safe and appropriate, but absolutely necessary. Delay in giving epinephrine during... Read more

What resources can help me manage my child's asthma?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, Director and Founder of The Community Asthma Prevention Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It’s easy to feel alone when your child has asthma. Long nights in the emergency room and seemingly uncontrollable symptoms can... Read more
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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. 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
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