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Gary A. Emmett

All pregnant and postpartum women should be screened for depression

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 4:00 AM
Earlier this week, an article on screening for depression in adults was published in JAMA and among many recommendations was an absolute requirement that all third trimester pregnant women and postpartum women should be screened for depression. The National Institute of Health panel formerly recommended... Read more

Zika virus: Should I be concerned?

Monday, January 18, 2016, 4:00 AM
Zika virus is suspected to be the cause of an epidemic of newborns with small heads (microcephaly) and delayed development in Brazil. In 2014, the country had just under 200 babies born with this serious and lifelong condition and in 2015 there were almost 3,000 cases. Several hard-hit areas have declared... Read more

Should we ban handheld devices for 12 and under?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:53 AM
Interrupting rapid brain growth for babies, sleep deprivation, and delayed development – These were a few reasons a pediatric occupational therapist recently called for parents, teachers, and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12. The Huffington... Read more

New report: 22 potentially hazardous toys on store shelves now

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 6:00 AM
Think all toys on store shelves are safe? Unfortunately, it’s not the case. You can find super magnets that make fun scrunching sounds, but are small enough for a young child to swallow and choke on; preschool model cell phones that create sounds loud enough to damage young ears; and a chrome... Read more

Playing alone: Are kids on handheld devices too often?

Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recently published study in Pediatrics of 350 low-income preschool children in North Philadelphia showed more than half had their own televisions and more than 75 percent had their own computer tablet or smart phone by the age of 4. Almost all of the children started using these devices by their... Read more

Ride like Back to the Future, but do it safely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
As all media is proclaiming, the day I am writing this blog, October 21, 2015, is the day that Marty McFly in Back to the Future 2 (1989) went to 26 years into his future. This movie introduced the concept of the personal hovercraft which every Millennial techno-geek and skateboarder still aspires... Read more

What’s the best treatment for most sore throats?

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on evidence-based medicine. When adults are ill, you’ll find a wide range of attitudes about their need for medical care from “I will just tough it out” to “GIVE me medicine right now!!” On the other hand, when... 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

The top 5 overused tests and procedures for ill newborns

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pediatrics published a paper online today with a most appropriate name: “Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Five Opportunities to Increase Value.” The paper emphasizes that stopping the use of five procedures on the smallest and sickest newborns would significantly decrease costs, but... Read more

Do we need developmental screenings during well visits?

Monday, July 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
It is not uncommon for a 2-year-old boy not to talk at his well-child visit. One of my own grandsons was not using words and needed speech therapy to get his speech started. At 3-years-old you cannot get him to keep quiet, though he is still clearly somewhat uncomfortable with his speech. My daughter... 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
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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