Sunday, November 29, 2015


The importance of roughhousing for kids

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
No touching. Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Stay still. Stop fidgeting. These are just some of the things we say frequently to our children. Despite our constant nagging, our children still naturally play physical and rough. They hug, they grab, they push, and they touch. Even as an infant,... 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

In a world with guns, sensible ways to keep kids safe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Despite the controversies around guns, there is one thing I think we can agree on – no child should die from guns. While it might be hard to address many of the causes of gun violence, one thing every parent should take responsibility for is gun safety in the home, whether it is your home or... Read more

Is my child susceptible to diabetes?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:49 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Erin Caroulis, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE a Certified Diabetes Educator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As an adult, your doctor may warn you about the risk of diabetes. But it is not just adults who are at risk – children may also be susceptible to diabetes... Read more

Ways to reduce ER visits for accidental medication overdoses by kids

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Blogging with Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D, Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is Blair Thornley, PharmD, CSPI, a pharmacist at the Poison Control Center at the Children's. It was estimated that 640,000 emergency department visits were made... Read more

Why tattling can be a good thing

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
As parents, we have all been there: your 5-year-old son is playing nicely with another child on the playground and then chaos ensues. Your son runs over to you and screams, “Mom, he hit me!” or “Dad, he called me a name!” You go over the list of options: do you leave the playground?... Read more

Playing alone: Are kids on handheld devices too often?

Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recently published study in Pediatrics of 350 low-income preschool children in North Philadelphia showed more than half had their own televisions and more than 75 percent had their own computer tablet or smart phone by the age of 4. Almost all of the children started using these devices by their... Read more

Talking to kids about gender and transgender individuals

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last week, I discussed how the topic gender fluidity has recently entered the spotlight from celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner, and how professionals in human sexuality education and counseling have long held that a person’s sexuality is multi-dimensional. With this background, you’re... Read more

What are some ‘better’ sweets for my child's teeth?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Connie Killian, DMD, a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is in private practice in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Killian is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and is an attending... Read more

Help your teen avoid impaired driving

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
How can we help our teens stay safe on the road? An important way is to help them make safe choices. The theme of this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 18-24) ‘Avoid the Regret, Avoid Impaired Driving,’ encourages parents to talk to their teens about this safety risk... 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
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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