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How should I talk to my teen about plan B?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 9:23 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Krishna White, MD, MPH, an adolescent medicine specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Now that Plan B will be available over-the-counter without any age restriction, we asked her about how to talk to your teen about emergency contraception. What... Read more

A summer day with my “perfect” teenager

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
7:30 a.m. My 16-year-old son wakes up on a beautiful summer morning after 9 hours of sleep. He’s singing in the shower, a sign that he has had enough sleep. 8:00 a.m. He sets out a tasty breakfast of cereal, low fat milk and whole wheat toast. He’s also taking his calcium with vitamin... Read more

You say yes…I say no: how parenting style may affect teens’ behaviors

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
As Groucho Marx once said, “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” If only getting older were so simple. For some teens and their families, the teenage years are filled with stress and turmoil. And why wouldn’t they be? After all, the child is becoming... Read more

Why should I take sibling bullying seriously?

Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:49 AM
It seems to be the accepted norm that siblings will fight and torment each other. But researchers say sibling bullying should be treated as seriously as bullying from a peer. In fact, being picked on by a brother or sister can be harmful to a child’s mental health, found a study published online... Read more

Teen acne: Don’t scrub, don’t pick and try not to stress

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:22 AM
In medical school we had a joke: What is the biggest organ in the body? The answer, “skin,” made us chuckle. Little did I know that skin would end up being the cause of so much distress to my teenage patients. Why do teens get acne? Here’s what my teen son says: “It’s... Read more

Teen depression often times accompanied by another mental or physical illness

Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is R. Rao Gogineni,M.D,, head of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry, at Cooper University Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Depression in adolescents has gotten needed attention from the scientific... Read more

Teen texting and sexting: What do I need to know?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
Most of my teenage patients have one hand attached to their cell phones during their medical visits. Sometimes they’re answering their parents’ texts about what time they will be done, and sometimes they’re texting their partners to tell them they have chlamydia. Given that texting... Read more

When teens cut themselves

Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:37 AM
It’s difficult to hide: multiple slash marks on the forearm. Many try to cover-up the painful reminders of a very bad day while some tell me openly all of the details. Either way these are the patients that are amongst the most distressing to me as a doctor and as a mother. And at the same time... Read more

Shaping girls’ body images in a positive way

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 5:55 AM
Dictionaries define “body image” as a subjective idea of one’s physical appearance based on self-observation and other people’s reactions. In other words, it’s what a person thinks of his or her own body. Nowadays, more than ever, many of our teens’ body images... Read more

Teen athletes and performance-enhancing drugs: a lose-lose situation

Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:42 AM
Name the sport and it likely has a famous athlete who’s used performance enhancement drugs to win big. Now, with the recent headlines involving Lance Armstrong and doping, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to our kids about what’s right and what’s wrong. Win or no win... 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.
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
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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