Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hazel Guinto-Ocampo

Why has the use of CT scans decreased for children?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
The use of computed tomography or CT scans is decreasing, whereas the use of alternate diagnostic imaging methods is increasing in hospitalized children, found a study published this month in Pediatrics. It appears medical providers are opting for other methods due to concerns over ionizing radiation... Read more

Is your local ER prepared to care for your child?

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Each year, almost 90 percent of the 30 million kids 18 years or younger who end up in the Emergency Department are treated in general community hospitals. Unfortunately, many emergency rooms are not equipped well enough to treat children, and doctors and nurses there may not have training in pediatric... Read more

Tips for preventing common home injuries

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:30 AM
I recently took care of 2 year-old twins who got into their dad's nicotine pills. They were left unsupervised in the living room for just a minute with the pill bottle on the coffee table. Their parents found them chewing on the pills, with pill fragments scattered around them. They took the remaining... Read more

Question medical over testing and over treatment of your children

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Working in the ER, I regularly get asked by worried parents to send more tests or to do more intervention on their child "just in case" and for their own peace of mind. When the requests are medically unnecessary, I do my best to dissuade parents. Most times, I am successful, but sometimes, parents'... Read more

1 child every 8 minutes experiences an out-of-hospital medication error

Monday, October 20, 2014, 8:22 AM
Among children less than 6 years of age, one child every eight minutes experiences an out-of-hospital medication error, found a study in Pediatrics released online today. The study analyzed reports to the National Poison Data System from 2002 to 2012. During this time, Poison Control Centers in the... Read more

How much radiation is too much for my child?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:30 AM
Your toddler fell while running and struck his head on the tiled kitchen floor. He cried immediately and then took his usual nap. When he woke up an hour later, he seemed uncomfortable and vomited a few times. You are advised to bring your child to the Emergency Room after calling your primary physician... Read more

Preventing common medication dosage errors

Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:39 AM
Medication dosing mistakes for children are common when parents encounter various measurements terms used interchangeably by health care providers or on the bottle’s label, according to a study released online today from Pediatrics. Medication errors from a mix up of measurement terms –... Read more

Should I take my child to an urgent care center?

Monday, April 28, 2014, 9:30 AM
I recently saw a 7-year-old girl who was referred by her pediatrician because of a wrist injury. Two days before, she fell off a swing onto her left forearm and complained of wrist pain. She was brought to an urgent care center where a physician obtained x-rays, which did not show a broken bone, so... Read more

Beware of laundry detergent pods

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
Two-year-old Joey had been playing in the basement near the laundry room while his mom was cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner. About a half an hour later, he started throwing up while in the bath. His mom smelled laundry detergent in his vomit. Then she found an empty packet of an All laundry... Read more

What are common holiday injuries for kids?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
Holidays are meant for sharing, spending time with family and friends, and celebrating traditions. Although injuries are not necessarily more common during the Christmas holidays, keeping our kids safe will keep the holidays festive and maximize our enjoyment. Studies focused on injuries during the... 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. 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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