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How to talk to your kids about Rice and Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
As you’ve already read, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice are highly skilled athletes who have been accused of committing terrible crimes. Peterson for repeatedly striking his son with a “switch,” and Rice who knocked out his then fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator... Read more

Are you spending enough quality time with your kids?

Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:03 AM
Do you ever feel troubled by the lack of quality time that you have with your children? Quality time can be defined as any activity that allows you to: learn about your child’s interests, assess their strengths and challenges, teach life skills, or make them feel special and loved. Only 33 percent... Read more

Is there an unlocked gun where my child is going to play?

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging along with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Emmanuelle Topiol, MD a pediatric resident at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Imagine this: You are sending your 8-year-old child to his friend’s house for the first time. To make sure that he is safe, you ask his... Read more

How can I help my child navigate the media world?

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Have you ever thought about how much time your child spends with the media (in front of a TV, computer, smart phone, or video game screen)? Fact: The average 8-year-old child spends 7 hours a day with some form of digital entertainment. That’s 49 hours a week….a full time job! They get... Read more

Introducing babies to solid foods: What you need to know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Regina Vince, DO, a pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Peas, carrots, squash? Oh, my! Ready to start feeding solid foods your infant and feeling confused? It is not surprising. This is the biggest period... Read more

Dos and Don'ts when talking to your kids about puberty

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Nova Ashanti, MD, a pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. While you may not want to be reminded about your child’s rapidly changing body and emerging sexuality (yikes!), puberty remains a life transition... Read more

The skinny on ADHD drugs

Monday, April 16, 2012, 11:37 AM
I see a 9-year- old girl in my practice who is inattentive and hyperactive at school and at home. A thorough evaluation revealed that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In our last visit I provided her mother with specific parenting advice that has not resolved the behavior issues... Read more

Think your child has ADHD? Think again …

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:53 AM
“My child is having trouble at school. The teacher says I should ask about ADHD.” Sound familiar to you? It should. The diagnosis of ADHD is being made more frequently than ever before. In 2010, a whopping 10 million children were diagnosed with ADHD, which is a 66 percent increase from... 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
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. 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
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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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