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Allergies and Asthma

Preventing allergies: It’s more complex than you think

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 5:30 AM
“Roaches may protect baby from allergies, asthma” was one of the many local and national news headlines regarding a “new” study released earlier this month. It claimed that exposure by children to certain common bacteria, and allergens from cockroaches, mice, and cats might provide... Read more

Managing asthma: To app or not to app?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
Self-management plays an important role in keeping asthma symptoms under control. To assist patients in keeping track of their asthma plan, medications and symptoms, several mobile asthma apps have been introduced into the market. Accessible, customizable, and inexpensive (or free), mobile apps present... Read more

Asthma rates for kids continues to grow

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
What incredible advances have taken place in world health during the past half century! From the mid-20th century on, discoveries like penicillin, steroids, and other drugs and vaccines have changed the trajectory of human health. Thanks to these advances, the average human life span has doubled from... Read more

How healthy are children in Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 9:50 AM
Childhood obesity and access to health care remain some of the most pressing issues when it comes to children’s health in Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties, according to recently released reports from Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a children’s advocacy non-profit. The reports... Read more

Cold-weather and exercise: A double whammy for some kids

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
Does your child get tired easily during or after exercise, or coughs after coming inside from being active outdoors? It could be exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) or exercise-induced asthma, a condition in which people experience constriction of the airway when they exercise, producing symptoms such... Read more

Unexplained rash? It could be MCI/MI in your baby wipes

Monday, January 13, 2014, 12:05 AM
Has your child had a severe rash that couldn't be treated with topical creams and oral antibiotics and steroids? It could be contact with a substance which contains a combination preservative designated as MCI/MI (Methychloroisothiazolinone or Methylisothiazolinone) found in some baby wipes. An... Read more

What is the difference between a 'gluten' allergy and celiac disease?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 5:30 AM
Lately, it seems like everyone is talking about gluten free products. What is gluten exactly and does it need to be avoided by all? Gluten refers to a family of proteins found in the grains of wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease is a form of gluten intolerance, but strictly speaking, it is not... Read more

What is contact dermatitis?

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 6:00 AM
The term contact dermatitis may not be familiar, but you or your child have experienced it before if you’ve had an allergic reaction to poison ivy or oak. Contact dermatitis involves more of a delayed response, unlike nasal allergies and hives that are mediated by an antibody. The best examples... Read more

Parents warn that food allergies can be life-threatening

Monday, August 5, 2013, 5:00 AM
Recently, a 13-year-old girl in Sacramento, CA, died of anaphylaxis after ingesting a rice krispies treat coated with peanut butter, to which she was extremely allergic. In this tragic case, even though everything possible was done to save her, including the swift administration of epinephrine (Epi-pen)... Read more

What causes hives?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:00 AM
Hives – red, splotchy, itchy, raised patches or welts that seem to “bloom” suddenly on the skin – are quite common in both children and adults. About 10 to 25 percent of people will get them at least once during their lives. The welts typically move from place to place on the... 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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