Saturday, February 6, 2016

Preventative Care - ”Sick Days”

Your child’s next well visit may include depression, HIV screenings

Monday, December 7, 2015, 10:16 AM
When your mother said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, she had more insight into primary care medicine than you ever thought. Being prepared is key. One of the most beneficial things any parent can do is make sure their child has a yearly preventive health care visit. However, the next time you... Read more

Sunscreen: Here’s what you should know

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer is officially here! It’s important to protect our skin now that we’re spending more time in the sun. Many of us turn to sunscreen, but do you know how it works and are there concerns about certain chemicals in it? Here are some questions that you may have about sunscreen: Why use... Read more

Enjoy swimming fun, Avoid swimmer’s ear

Monday, June 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather C. Nardone, MD , a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. With summer quickly approaching, many children will be enjoying more time in pools and at the beach. All that time in the water is excellent exercise, but it’s important... Read more

Why you should shop at tobacco-free stores

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Numbers talk. More importantly, numbers do not lie. The bad news is that the United States is still having poor numbers when it comes to smoking. It remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States killing about 480,000 Americans a year, according to the 2014 Surgeon... Read more

Is your child receiving enough preventative care?

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” is as true today as when it was first uttered many years ago. Prevention is key to a long, healthy life especially for our infants, children, and young adults. The problem is, according to a recent federal study published by the Centers for Disease... Read more

Why should I limit my child's screen time?

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
A friend of mine recently punished his 9-year-old by taking away screen time for a whole month. Professionally, I tend to recommend that loss-of-privilege punishments last no more than 24 hours except for the most startling of misbehaviors, but, blessedly for both of us, my friend didn’t ask... Read more

PCCY’s Give Kids Sight Day: Free eye exams and glasses for uninsured children

Monday, April 7, 2014, 9:51 AM
Uninsured children can receive free eye exams and, if needed, two free pairs of eyeglasses at Give Kids Sight Day on Saturday, April 12 in Philadelphia. All children, 18 and under, will be examined on a first come, first served basis from 8:30 am to 2:00pm. No insurance or appointments are necessary... Read more

Why should my child have a 'medical home'?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
Why is having a “medical home” important for your child? Having one pediatric practitioner or group of practitioners see your child regularly can help identify any patterns of illness and promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP made its case... Read more

Avoid retail-based clinics for kids' care, pediatricians advise

Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Retail-based health clinics in pharmacies or big box stores may seem more convenient and less expensive compared to seeing a pediatrician, but these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care that they need, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics... Read more

AAPD encourages you to join the Monster-Free Mouths Movement!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Warren Brill, D.M.D., M.S., a pediatric dentist in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry president and a national spokesperson of the AAPD, as well as an advocate for the dental health and overall well-being of children. The American Academy... 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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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