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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

Should your child use an activity tracker wristband?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Building off the popularity of activity trackers like Fitbit for adults, there’s now an armband available for 4 to 7-year-olds that acts as a physical activity monitor and virtual pet. It’s worn like a watch, and children earn points that unlock prizes and games for their virtual pet as... Read more

Teaching safety from the car seat to driver seat

Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents often wrestle with how to balance child safety and independence. On playgrounds, at schools, and in the office, they often ask me questions that start with, “At what age can I let my child go alone to…” or “My child wants to (fill in the blank) with his friends; is... 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

Never leave your child in the car and tips so you don't forget

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many of us forget things in our car all the time. With the hustle and bustle of life, it can easily happen when there’s break in your normal routine. Usually, it is a pair of sunglasses, wallet, purse, or a much needed umbrella. While it may seem surprising, a change in schedule amidst a stressful... 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

Lessons from Oprah’s interview with Matt Sandusky

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:31 AM
A version of this article first appeared on Rosenweig's Website, SexWiseParent.com. In her recent interview with Matt Sandusky, Oprah Winfrey hit one of the toughest issues associated with child sexual abuse head-on. Her interview with the man both victimized and adopted by former Penn State assistant... Read more

Tips for traveling safely with kids at hotels and resorts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:30 AM
A version of this article first appeared in the Centre Daily Times. The long awaited vacation is almost here; you've spent months researching, planning and saving and can't wait to have some much needed and well-deserved down time with your family. A few minutes spent planning for safety can improve... Read more

What teens need to know about social media and the law

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
Reid Sagehorn, a high school senior, was suspended and threatened with expulsion from Rogers High School in Minnesota in late January. The reason? His two-word tweet response posted on the Rogers Confessions website to the question, “Did he ever make out” with a 28-year-old teacher at the... Read more

Resources to help keep kids safe online

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
Yesterday, regular blog contributor Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, discussed how parents and caregivers can stay on top of their child’s online activities. Here are some additional resources to help kids stay safe online. - Common Sense Media has videos and information on topics such as... 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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