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Anna Nguyen

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

IKEA recalls VYSSA crib mattress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:02 PM
IKEA recalled about 169,000 VYSSA crib mattress because it could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations. A baby could become stuck in this gap. This recall involves VYSSA style crib mattresses with the following five model names: VACKERT, VINKA... Read more

Comfort Research recalls vinyl bean bag chairs

Saturday, December 27, 2014, 9:37 AM
Comfort Research recalled about 125,000 vinyl bean bag chairs because the zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, become entrapped, suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. This recall involves vinyl polystyrene-filled bean bag chairs... Read more

Giggles International recalls animated sing-along monkey toy

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:20 PM
Giggles International recalled about 13,000 animated sing-along monkey toys because the battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard. The were sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel. The company received two reports of toys overheating and melting their... Read more

Kiddie Korral recalls girls hoodies with ponies

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:57 AM
Kiddie Korral recalled about 2,300 girls hoodies with red ponies because a drawstring through the hood of the hoodies can pose a strangulation hazard to children. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Have a question for... Read more

Why wearing a bulky winter coat in a car seat can be dangerous

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
While it hasn’t been terribly cold this winter (so far), my girls have gotten some use out of their puffy winter coats. With our chilly winter mornings, I’ve been putting them in their car seats with their coats, which led to me slightly loosen up their straps a little bit to make them... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Chicken Swedish meatballs

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:21 AM
Both my girls enjoy this Swedish meatball recipe that uses ground chicken breast. You can serve it with a side of lightly buttered egg noodles, and peas or steamed broccoli. Chicken Swedish meatballs Ingredients: - ¼ cup prepared bread crumbs (or you can make your own by pulsing whole... Read more

Leatherman recalls children’s multi-tool

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:51 AM
Leatherman recalled about 8,400 of its Leap multi-tool in the United States and Canada because the lock mechanism on the optional knife blade can inadvertently release the blade, posing a laceration hazard. Designed for users age nine and up, the multi-tool has a green, blue or red plastic casing... Read more

Graco recalls 4.9 million strollers due to amputation risk

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:48 PM
Graco recalled 11 models of strollers because the folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard. The recall involves about 4.7 million strollers in United States, about 202,000 in Canada, and about 10,300 in Mexico. This recall... Read more

Schools can carry EpiPens after Jan 1

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Editor’s Note: This is a follow up to a blog post about a state bill which would allow schools to carry a supply of epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPens. Pennsylvania recently joined 44 other states in allowing its schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPens –... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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