Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Health Hazards

Raw milk: The benefits don’t outweigh the risks

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
As raw milk’s popularity increases, debates about its possible benefits and dangers are heating up. Federal laws prohibit interstate sales of raw (unpasteurized) milk products. However, states like Pennsylvania have legalized sales within its borders – and it hasn’t been without consequences... Read more

Molly: So popular and yet so misunderstood

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:22 PM
Teens don’t understand the truth about Molly -- a popular, but dangerous party drug. Molly and its cousin, Ecstasy, are based on the drug MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine). They think that Molly is a purer form of Ecstasy. Wrong. A drug with many names: besides the names Molly and... Read more

Our over-caffeinated teens: What can we do?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
A college student had difficulty falling asleep. Exhausted, she drank large amounts of coffee to get through the day. She was in a vicious cycle: the coffee that was keeping her awake during the day was preventing her from sleeping at night. A high school student started having hand tremors. He was... Read more

Why we should be worried about e-cigarettes

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM
Electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) worry the heck out of me. In recent years, we’ve seen a markedly decrease in the smoking rate in the United States and in Western Europe from near 50 percent to less than 20 percent. The drop is due to the combination of very high cigarette taxes... Read more

Top holiday hazards from the Poison Control Center at CHOP

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
“Help, my two year old just ate a poinsettia petal.” Does this sound familiar? I am certain it does if you’re a busy mother with two toddler aged boys like me. And if life with kids wasn’t crazy enough before the fourth Thursday in November, it most certainly is after the... Read more

Sixth death reported in Nap Nanny Infant Recliner

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 10:09 AM
After tragic reports of a sixth infant death, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging all parents and caregivers who own a Nap Nanny or Nap Nanny Chill recliner to stop using it immediately. Five of the six deaths occurred in a Nap Nanny recliner placed in a crib with a crib bumper, while... Read more

E-cigarette Q&A: Keeping kids safe from liquid nicotine

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6:00 AM
With e-cigarettes becoming more popular, the number of calls of exposure to e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine to poison control centers have significantly grown, according to a CDC study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report earlier this month. The number of calls rose from one... 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

Formaldehyde in household products: What do I need to know?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 9:34 AM
Johnson & Johnson announced last week that it was taking conjugated aldehydes such as formaldehyde out of all of its products as it had promised to do two years ago, and it was working on getting parabens out next. Why is this news? Formaldehyde has been used to preserve dead bodies for over... Read more

Prescription painkiller abuse: How does it affect kids?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 5:30 AM
The United States has a crisis in the abuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. The rate of newborns withdrawing from painkillers or opiates – called neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS – in the US almost tripled from 2000 to 2009 (1.2 babies per 1000 newborns... 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.

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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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