Sunday, February 7, 2016


The ‘duct tape challenge’ and other dangerous social media trends

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4:00 AM
The ‘duct tape challenge’, where someone is wrapped in duct tape and challenged to break free within a certain period of time, is the latest in a string of dangerous social media trends, each with countless unique videos, millions of views and negative consequences. Recently, a teen in... Read more

There’s sugar in what?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:00 AM
Sugar. We hear about it often and try to avoid it, but how much do we really know about the added sugars in our food? With the newest national dietary guidelines recommending no more than 10 percent of total calories in the day coming from sugar, limiting intake is a hot topic for parents who are trying... Read more

What is the rate of child abuse in schools, rec groups?

Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:03 PM
As a parent, you’ve probably heard enough stories about child abuse in sports teams and youth organizations to make your head spin. A study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics offers both good news and cause for some concern when it comes to the rate of abuse in these groups. This good... Read more

5 tips to get your kids cooking

Monday, January 25, 2016, 4:00 AM
Seems like cooking shows featuring kids are the hottest thing on TV right now from Master Chef Junior to Kids’ Baking Championship. I admit, I’m addicted to them myself. The upside is that they’re highlighting how much fun it can be getting kids in the kitchen and involved in cooking... Read more

Helicopter parenting may interfere with teens’ health care

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:00 AM
When I first took my son to pre-school, he cried and cried. “You need to walk away — he’ll be fine!” his teachers advised me. After a few weeks, I learned that they were right. When I took my son to college, I was the one who cried. Thank goodness for a seasoned orientation... Read more

Talk to your kids about e-cigarette ads

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:00 AM
Approximately 18.3 million U.S. middle school and high school students were exposed to at least one source of e-cigarette advertising in 2014, found a study released last week from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes are battery –powered devices that can deliver nicotine... Read more

Helping our kids learn their behavior has consequences

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Katie Hoffses, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours / A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. As you have probably seen, Ethan Couch, the “Affluenza Teen”, and his mother were recently apprehended in Mexico after fleeing the country for allegedly violating... Read more

The Ethan Couch case: How far would you go to protect your child?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 4:00 AM
Hearing the stories about Ethan Couch, the "affluenza" teen, and his mother’s escape to Mexico, anyone with half a brain knows it was a harebrained scheme. Fits the definition perfectly – ill-conceived, half-baked, reckless, and I’ll add the absolute last thing any parent should do... Read more

Prescribe this instead of using psych meds in young kids

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 4:00 AM
Once again the increasing use of psychiatric medications for very young children, under the age of 3, has appeared in the news. A different journalist, but a similar story. The use of these medications in infants and toddlers was first sounded during a Senate hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Tom Carper... Read more

Should I force my child to apologize?

Monday, December 21, 2015, 1:18 PM
At this time of year with all the holiday events, family celebrations, and a week of school vacation, it seems predestined that if there are kids - there will be fights. Let’s face it. No matter how sweet or kind a child may usually be, spending all this time together in close quarters, plus... Read more
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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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