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Changing hormones ... or polycystic ovary syndrome?

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:56 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. Irregular or heavy menstrual periods ... excess facial and body hair ... acne ... weight gain ... When are these signs of hormonal changes that are part of the territory for teenage girls? And when does one or more of these signal a common female hormone problem: polycystic... Read more

Warning: There’s Benzocaine in Baby Teething Products

Friday, June 15, 2012, 3:35 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. The FDA has again issued warnings about using benzocaine in the mouth of small children. Found in teething and numbing gels and liquids such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase according to the FDA, benzocaine can cause a rare but potentially fatal disorder... Read more

Kids with hidden high blood pressure

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:57 AM
High blood pressure sounds like a problem that pops up late in middle age – coinciding with a growing collection of elastic-waist pants in the closet, walking shoes that are gathering dust and perhaps an uptick in stress as you worry about your parents, your kids, your job and more! But a recent... Read more

What to tell your teen about smoking

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 2:58 PM
Last week, thousands of teens and 20-somethings rallied at over 1,000 anti-tobacco events around the country and around the world for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ 17th annual Kick Butts Day. But according to a new surgeon general’s report about teen smoking, every day should be... Read more

Giving teens alone time with the doctor

Monday, March 26, 2012, 8:01 AM
Recently, a 16-year-old girl came to me with what sounded at first like a routine urinary tract infection (UTI): frequent urination with a burning sensation and abdominal pain. But when a teenager is sexually active, these symptoms can also be caused by a serious sexually transmitted infection (STI)... Read more

Whooping cough’s real victims

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 10:20 AM
Whooping cough. The name is downright Victorian — like “cow pox,” “the grippe” and other old-fashioned afflictions that have been wiped out by modern vaccines. But this bacterial infection is making a dangerous comeback. Last week, a fourth suburban Philadelphia school... Read more

Six teen salt bombs

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 3:05 PM
Who’s eating America’s saltiest diet? Teenagers — who get an average of 3,800 milligrams of sodium a day, way beyond the 1,500 to 2,300 mg recommended by heart-health experts. But the foods that boost the average teen’s intake of blood pressure-boosting sodium go beyond salt-studded... 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. 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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