Friday, October 9, 2015


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

Why is sleep so important for our kids?

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on brain health. One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, if you’re anything like me, sleep has been something you’ve been dreaming about lately. With all of the fall school meetings, back-to-school nights, PTA events, soccer games, karate... Read more

A wakeup call: Do you know what your child learns online?

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 14 years since Michael Bradley, Ed.D., published his bestseller, Yes Your Teen is Crazy, a lot has changed – especially when it comes to our kids and technology. In that short time, the world moved headfirst from the pre-digital period into the vast world of the Internet and social media... 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

Why has the use of CT scans decreased for children?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
The use of computed tomography or CT scans is decreasing, whereas the use of alternate diagnostic imaging methods is increasing in hospitalized children, found a study published this month in Pediatrics. It appears medical providers are opting for other methods due to concerns over ionizing radiation... 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

What’s the best treatment for most sore throats?

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on evidence-based medicine. When adults are ill, you’ll find a wide range of attitudes about their need for medical care from “I will just tough it out” to “GIVE me medicine right now!!” On the other hand, when... Read more

Anxious about your child’s first semester at college?

Tuesday, September 15, 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. The impossible has happened. Your newborn baby learned to roll over. Then she learned to walk. He later went to his first day of kindergarten. And, all of... Read more

Is there a link between pesticide exposure and childhood cancers?

Monday, September 14, 2015, 5:30 AM
Children’s exposure to residential indoor insecticides was linked to an increased risk of childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, according to a review article published online today in Pediatrics. Cancer in children is rare, but it is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy... Read more

How to embrace the Philly bike and pedestrian movement with safety

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 9:23 AM
During my two decades of practice in Philadelphia, I have been happy to see parents pay increased attention to protecting their “precious cargo” in their cars – their children. Sadly, however, the same diligence is missing when children are on their own – walking or biking.... 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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