Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mental Health

More resources needed for pediatric mental health emergencies

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:16 AM
In my last post, I discussed a recent study from Canada which found increasing pediatric mental health visits to hospital emergency departments. The situation is similar for hospitals in the United States as well. In the Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Emergencies in the Emergency Medical Services... Read more

ER visits for pediatric mental health emergencies are soaring

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. Jane (not a real patient), a 15 year old sophomore was sent to the school nurse during second period because she was falling asleep in class. She admitted to the school nurse that prior to coming to school, she overdosed on a mixture of Tylenol... Read more

Can anxiety disorders be prevented in children?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
When parents have an anxiety disorder, it places their children at a greatly increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Probably because anxious parents model anxious behaviors to their kids. That’s the bad news for all you worried parents out there – ironically giving you one more... Read more

Depression and teens: What does the latest news about Paxil mean?

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 8:40 AM
Learning that your teen has depression can be terrifying for a parent – concerns range from getting the right treatment to general safety. It was estimated in 2013 that 8 percent of high school students attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months, according to the Centers for... Read more

Being 'OK' with talking to teens about their sexuality

Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
Being a teenager in 2015 can be challenging…being a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) teenager in 2015 can be brutal. As I do with all of my teenage patients, I spend time speaking with them alone about personal issues. It was during this time that one of my 15-year- old patients... Read more

Back-to-school tips from Healthy Kids bloggers

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school right around the corner, we asked our Healthy Kids bloggers to give us their best back-to-school tips. Here’s to a healthy, safe, and successful school year! Talk about how it feels to start school again. Model how to appropriately express your feelings and manage anxiety. Anxiety... Read more

Get your child's brain ready for school!

Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series on brain health. The new school year is now upon us. Time to return to days filled with more structure, less time with the family, and a lot of running around from school to activities and back. The weather will soon become cooler, days will... Read more

The #1 mistake busy parents make at the start of the school year

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. Busyness is an epidemic in our society. Feeling busy, overwhelmed and over-scheduled has become the norm for most parents. Between work, driving kids to... Read more

Why is a psychologist available in a pediatrician’s office helpful?

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
Although one in five children in the United States suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder, only 21 percent of affected children actually receive needed treatment, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. Mental well-being is a part of your child’s overall health and the United... Read more

Why some schools are making time for meditation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series on healthy schools. Full disclosure, I meditate almost every day, and I’m in good company. Each year more and more people, from super star athletes to successful CEOs, are attributing at least part of their success to a regular meditation... Read more
About this blog
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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