Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Health Hazards

Traveling abroad this summer? See your doc first

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:05 AM
Planning a trip abroad for the summer? Consider potential health risks that may lurk at your destination. It’s important to check with your doctor to find out what precautions, such as vaccines or medications, can help protect your family. Here’s why. While virtually nonexistent in the... Read more

Beware of the dangers of torch fuels

Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACMT, emergency medicine attending physician and medical director of the Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and associate professor of pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of... Read more

Routine marijuana use may damage a teen’s developing brain

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:21 AM
We often hear marijuana isn’t that dangerous of a drug. In reality, regular use of marijuana may permanently damage a teen’s developing brain – and could lead to a reduction in IQ, other drug use, and mental health issues. I heard a frightening and eye opening lecture by Dr. Sharon... Read more

Beware of Magnetic Toys

Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:47 AM
Magnetic toys are attractive to everyone. Parents want them for their kids because they’re science-related, encourage creativity, affordable, and can keep them occupied for hours. Kids want them because they are cool. These addictive toys can be used to construct endless shapes and patterns... Read more

Small World Toys Recalls Spin-A-Mals Farm and Safari Puzzles

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:52 AM
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 4,000 Ryan's Room brand Spin-A-Mals Farm and Spin-A-Mals Safari wooden puzzles meant for children over 12 months of age. The puzzles consist of a painted, rectangular board with pegs mounted to it and removable gear and animal-shaped pieces... Read more

FDA issues a warning for commonly used antibiotic

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Azithromycin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, could potentially cause a fatal irregular heart rhythm in some patients, the Food and Drug Administration warned last week. This warning will now be reflected on the drug’s label which is known as Zithromax, Zmax or as a "Z-Pack." The drug... Read more

No codeine for pain relief after the removal of tonsils, adenoids

Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:56 AM
Codeine shouldn’t be given to a child for pain relief after the removal of tonsils or adenoids because the medication could cause death, according to the the Food and Drug Administration. Children have these surgeries when frequent infections of the tonsils and/or adenoids cause breathing... Read more

Check for active ingredients on your child's medications

Friday, March 15, 2013, 9:49 AM
With allergy season right around the corner, a child could easily be taking multiple medications for allergies, and a cold or cough. Parents need to check for a medication’s active ingredient because a child could experience a reaction if those medicines have the same active ingredient,... Read more

SJ teen raising awareness about chronic migraines

Monday, March 11, 2013, 10:06 AM
If you were to meet Audrey Morgan, you’d find a very upbeat and engaging 16-year-old. The junior at Camden Catholic High School is an avid hang glider, starting to plan for college, and raises money for The Gentle Barn, a sanctuary for abused animals. What Morgan also wants you to know... Read more

Do your research before buying children's products

Friday, March 1, 2013, 9:36 AM
Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled my KidCo Peapod bed because of the risk of suffocation. The CPSC reported that an infant could roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress and become entrapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the tent. I cringed when... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
Jeanette Trella, M.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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