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Flaura Winston

The ‘duct tape challenge’ and other dangerous social media trends

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4:00 AM
The ‘duct tape challenge’, where someone is wrapped in duct tape and challenged to break free within a certain period of time, is the latest in a string of dangerous social media trends, each with countless unique videos, millions of views and negative consequences. Recently, a teen in... Read more

What you should know about hoverboards

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 4:00 AM
As many of you know, one of the most popular gifts this holiday season was the hoverboard – those two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered scooters that can move more than 10 miles per hour. Perhaps you have one in your home. There has been a lot of attention in the media regarding the... Read more

In a world with guns, sensible ways to keep kids safe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Despite the controversies around guns, there is one thing I think we can agree on – no child should die from guns. While it might be hard to address many of the causes of gun violence, one thing every parent should take responsibility for is gun safety in the home, whether it is your home or... Read more

Help your teen avoid impaired driving

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
How can we help our teens stay safe on the road? An important way is to help them make safe choices. The theme of this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 18-24) ‘Avoid the Regret, Avoid Impaired Driving,’ encourages parents to talk to their teens about this safety risk... Read more

Do you know the best practice for car and booster seats for older children?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent study from the University of Michigan’s Pediatric Trauma Program strikes a chord with me that parents need reminders on child passenger safety throughout their child’s life. As a new parent, you were inundated with tips about how to keep your child safe. As a result, you may... Read more

How to embrace the Philly bike and pedestrian movement with safety

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 9:23 AM
During my two decades of practice in Philadelphia, I have been happy to see parents pay increased attention to protecting their “precious cargo” in their cars – their children. Sadly, however, the same diligence is missing when children are on their own – walking or biking.... Read more

Back-to-school tips from Healthy Kids bloggers

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school right around the corner, we asked our Healthy Kids bloggers to give us their best back-to-school tips. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and successful school year! Talk about how it feels to start school again. Model how to appropriately express your feelings and manage anxiety. Anxiety... Read more

Tips to keep your kids safe on the playground

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
Most parents struggle with a common balancing act, trying to ensure that their children are safe while fostering a sense of adventure and freedom. Nowhere is this captured more perfectly than on the playground. Should you encourage your kids to climb on a new piece of equipment or barrel down the highest... Read more

The top 3 critical errors teen drivers make

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Your teen may have recently passed her driver’s license test, but that doesn’t mean she has the critical driving skills needed to safely hit the open road. A teen’s greatest risk of crashing is highest immediately after leaving the DMV newly licensed and remains high for the next... Read more

Teens getting their licenses after 18: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
If your teenager is like many today (including one of mine), they may not be in a rush to drive. They pass their sixteen birthday, happily taking the bus or getting rides. Then they’re still without a license at 17. At 18 or older, they realize they need to drive to work and start the learning-to-drive... Read more
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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
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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