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Christopher C. Chang

How common are nickel allergies?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Nickel allergy is one of the most common contact allergies next to poison ivy. There is a lot of nickel out there - in jewelry, belts, clothing, utensils, tools, keys, pots and pans, medical devices, topical products like eyeshadows and metallic powders, and even food. We often first notice a nickel... Read more

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

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

Why does my child need Vitamin D?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
There has been a great deal of news lately about the need, or lack thereof, for vitamin supplements. The latest research tells us that most dietary supplements don’t show benefit and in high doses, could be harmful. Bear in mind that this recent information pertains to adults, who are advised... Read more

Can a child with an egg allergy get the flu vaccine?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
If you're holding out on getting your child vaccinated for the flu because of an egg allergy, you might not need to! In general, almost all egg-allergic patients can receive the vaccine, after evaluation by an allergist. Most flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. There is sometimes... 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's the connection between gut health and the immune system?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
Our bodies have natural barriers that protect us from infection. The skin, what we think of as a physical barrier, is a significant immunological barrier as well. That means that there are immune molecules in the skin that help fight off bacteria and other infectious agents. From our time in 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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