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Why we shouldn't physically punish our kids

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
The recent arrest of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson has sparked a divided reaction within the NFL around the use of physical punishment with children. Peterson’s lawyer, for example, said that Peterson “used the same kind of discipline…that he experienced as a child... Read more

How do I talk to my kids about suicide?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Robin Williams' suicide last week, like all suicides, was shocking. He was funny, successful, rich, beloved. At 63, he was also middle-aged, white, male, depressed, battling a debilitating disease, and had a history of substance abuse. Those are some of the major risk factors for suicide. Combine... Read more

How an imaginary online character influenced two teens to kill

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
On June 3, 2014, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, did the unthinkable. They stabbed another 12-year-old girl 19 times. The girls said they did it to please “Slenderman,” a popular monstrous character they learned about on the website Creepypasta, according to various news... Read more

What teens do and don’t know about health, safety

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Teenagers sure say “I know!” a lot. I know — not just because I’m an Adolescent Medicine doctor, but because I am a mom. Just this summer I got a good number of “I knows” from my very own teens to loving reminders like “don’t forget to use sunscreen... Read more

Why more help is needed for depressed, postpartum parents

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:34 AM
The profound and sometimes deadly impact of postpartum depression on mothers, children and their families was recently highlighted in a short series in the New York Times. The articles attempted to shed some light on the mental illness in a constructive way following a string of sensational stories... Read more

ADHD medications and suicide risk: Is there a connection?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
There was no association found between medications commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and an increased risk of suicide attempts or completed suicides among adolescents and young adults, according to a recent well-designed study in the British Medical Journal. The... Read more

Depression and kids: Why antidepressants shouldn't be ruled out

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
The “black box” warning on antidepressants that stated the medications could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in youth may have resulted in an increase in suicide attempts over the last ten years, concludes a study published last week in the British Medical Journal. This... Read more

Why toddlers don't need ADHD medication

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:51 AM
At least 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they shouldn’t be receiving this type of treatment, according to data presented last month by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Visser, DrPH... Read more

When suicide affects our 18- to 24-year olds

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
A 20-year-old college student talked to me about recent suicides on college campuses: “When a suicide happens to someone your own age, it is so sad that it doesn’t feel real. Even if you don’t know the person, you may have mutual friends on Facebook. The person may look happy on Facebook... Read more

How can teens recover from sexual abuse?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:00 AM
Teenage girls are sexually assaulted with alarming frequency and many will go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If left untreated, PTSD can make life hell for the sufferer for years after the original trauma, and increase the likelihood of other problems – most common are... 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
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, M.D., Ph.D Jefferson Medical College
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.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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