Thursday, May 28, 2015

Health Hazards

Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
Do you think guns in the home make your children safer? It’s usually not the case. Last January, high school student Anthony Krueger locked himself in his room and shot himself under the chin twice after his mother called the police about his drug use. Stories like this highlight that one of... Read more

Parents warn that food allergies can be life-threatening

Monday, August 5, 2013, 5:00 AM
Recently, a 13-year-old girl in Sacramento, CA, died of anaphylaxis after ingesting a rice krispies treat coated with peanut butter, to which she was extremely allergic. In this tragic case, even though everything possible was done to save her, including the swift administration of epinephrine (Epi-pen)... Read more

Top 10 food choking hazards for kids

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:13 AM
With two young children, meal time prep usually involves cutting food into small pieces to avoid any potential chozing hazards. Despite my best efforts, there have been some near choking incidents – my 1-year-old stuffing too much fruit in her month at once and my 3-year-old swallowing meat that... Read more

Homemade bombs and kids: What do I need to know?

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
For some kids, it might seem like a funny prank to make and detonate a homemade chemical bomb. Also known as MacGyver bombs, these bottle bombs are easily made by combining commonly available chemicals including toilet bowl, drain, or driveway cleaners in a container. Then the container, such as a... Read more

Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners recalled by Baby Matters, LLC

Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:11 PM
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing a voluntary recall of all models of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers. This recall is announced as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed... Read more

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
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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.

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. 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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