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Preventative Care - ”Sick Days”

Is your child eating too much salt?

Monday, May 20, 2013, 5:30 AM
It’s no surprise that eating too much sodium, or salt, can increase your blood pressure as an adult. However, it may come as a surprise that the amount of sodium that children eat can affect their blood pressure even at a young age. Earlier this year and for the first time ever, the World... Read more

HPV vaccine: Why should my teen get it?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:21 AM
Despite the recommendation from experts, parents are increasing citing safety concerns as their reason to not vaccinate their teenage daughters against HPV, the virus that causes the most cases of cervical cancer, according to a recent study. The study in the April issue of Pediatrics looked... Read more

Many moms introducing solids too soon

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
When should an infant get solid food? For over 20 years, we have been saying after four months. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed that to a recommendation that an infant should get nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, or infant formula if breast milk is... Read more

Whooping cough Q&A: What do I need to know?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 10:38 AM
Whooping cough is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 41,000 cases last year in the United States, the highest level in decades. One reason for these numbers could be that immunity from the vaccine diminishes each year after the fifth dose is given to children... Read more

Talking to your teens about STDs

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
Adolescents have sex, whether parents want to face it or not. Teens need to know that one serious consequence of having sex is acquiring sexually transmitted diseases. To make matters worse, some STDs aren’t easily treatable anymore. Condoms help prevent STDs, but they are often not used (especially... Read more

New guidelines for treating ear infections

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics did not issue any radical new ideas on preventing middle ear infections in children in a new report released yesterday, they did emphasize three issues, two of which were lifestyle issues. - Breastfed babies simply get less middle ear infections... Read more

How can you prepare for a child's ER visit

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6:00 AM
Taking your children to the emergency room can be a stressful experience. In a two part series this week, Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D., chief of pediatric emergency services at Bryn Mawr Hospital, offers tips on how to prepare for a visit to the ER. Tomorrow, she’ll go over what to expect in... Read more

Norovirus: Is my child at risk?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:32 AM
It’s not only the flu striking hard this year. A new strain of norovirus is the cause of over 50 percent of outbreaks that began last fall. It is one of the most common causes of food borne diarrheal disease outbreaks. Norovirus outbreaks originate with contaminated food, and usually occur in... Read more

How to keep your food (and family) safer

Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
For many of us, we’ve only heard about food-borne illness in the news. You may have then checked your jar of peanut butter to make sure it wasn’t recalled and moved on with your day. However, for some, the repercussions of buying the wrong vegetable or cut of meat can literally mean life... Read more

Antibiotics aren't a magic cure all

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 5:00 AM
Parents expect almost miraculous cures when they take their sick child to the doctor. Why? The introduction of penicillin, the first really effective antibiotic 70 years ago, was a wonder drug that worked overnight. Soldiers would be dying of pneumonia or a horribly infected leg. They would recover... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division 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
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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