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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

5 things you really need to know about sugar

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Whether your child has a sweet tooth or not, parents often have questions about sugar. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that the body uses as a source of energy. Some foods naturally contain sugar like fruit (fructose) and dairy (lactose). Added sugars are the biggest dietary concern because excessive... Read more

Help your picky eater eat a variety of foods

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
In my clinical practice, I specialize in treating children with selective eating disorder (aka Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). In a recent post, I addressed the question of whether picky eating is harmful. The short answer was “yes:” prolonged picky eating compromises a... Read more

Childhood hunger in Philly: How can we help?

Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is George Matysik, the director of governmental affairs and public policy for Philabundance. At Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, we see the reality of hunger every day. Between the severe economic recession and the recent cuts to... Read more

Is picky eating harmful?

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Picky eating can be inconvenient, annoying, and worrisome, but is it actually harmful to your child? That depends on how long it lasts and its severity. Most children tend to go through a vexing icky-picky phase when they are toddlers – that’s developmentally normal. What’s also developmentally... Read more

Are kids hooked on caffeine?

Monday, February 10, 2014, 1:00 AM
I will be honest with you. I’m not a really productive member of society until I’ve had 16 ounces of coffee. As adults, some of us have a caffeine fix the morning. But should we be concerned that kids are trending towards a serious caffeine addiction with a Starbucks on every corner... Read more

Making sense of' 'milk'

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
Doesn’t it seem like one of the fastest growing nutrition product markets has been the “milk” industry in the past five years? I am 100 percent confident that in my childhood, I never saw a commercial for almond milk. No longer do parents walk into the grocery store and choose between... Read more

Why does my child need Vitamin D?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
There has been a great deal of news lately about the need, or lack thereof, for vitamin supplements. The latest research tells us that most dietary supplements don’t show benefit and in high doses, could be harmful. Bear in mind that this recent information pertains to adults, who are advised... Read more

Would you pay your children to eat their vegetables?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents have tried it all when it comes to getting their children to eat vegetables, and it seems that there is no end to their creativity. After making them into fries, hiding them in desserts, and sometimes begging for their consumption, it seems like there is no consistent way to ensure that your... Read more

Five foods to fight viruses

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:30 AM
In the last several weeks, it’s become quite evident that viral season is upon us. With the turn in the weather comes a rise in both respiratory and gastrointestinal (stomach) viruses. Though it would be impossible to eliminate all viruses coming your child’s way, frequent hand washing... 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
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 Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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
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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