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Rima Himelstein

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

When should my daughter have her first gynecology visit?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 10:15 AM
Have you “been there, done that” with your teen when it comes to check-ups? “Time for your annual physical!” “K!” “You need to go to the dentist!” “Whatevs!” How about this one? “Time for your first gynecology visit!” “No... Read more

Teen cigarette smoking is down (yay!), but teen smokeless tobacco is up (WHAT?)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Surprised? Me too! Baseball and smokeless tobacco (ST) have gone together like hand and glove since the 1800s. Players and coaches liked it because it kept their mouths moist. Tobacco-stained spit became the “active ingredient” in the spitball. ST is different from the tobacco used in... Read more

Building strong bones in the teen years for strong bones later

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
Were you wondering why the skeleton didn’t dance at the Halloween party? The answer is quite sad really — he had no “body” to dance with. We wouldn’t be dancing either if we didn’t have 206 strong bones holding us up, working with our muscles to move, and protecting... 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

The 'lows' of edible marijuana

Monday, August 24, 2015, 8:59 AM
In March 2014, a 19-year-old Colorado college student took his own life after consuming an edible marijuana cookie containing 65 milligrams (mg) of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary chemical responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effects. The teen had no history of marijuana, alcohol... Read more

Teen insomnia: What you can do to help

Monday, July 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight (Phyllis Diller).” Some teens “stay up,” but not by choice. They want to sleep, they just can’t. ... They have insomnia: Defined as having difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or having non-restorative sleep, at least 4 times... Read more

Are tampons safe for teenagers?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
A girl’s first menstrual period is a big deal. This usually occurs between ages 12 and 13, but it can happen as early as 9. Whether she calls it her “period,” her “time of the month” or (my daughter’s personal favorite) her “you know what,” she must pay... Read more

Chlamydia: A pop quiz for parents

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
Recently, I heard about a chlamydia scare in a Texas High School. It got me thinking...parents should be teaching their children about chlamydia. It got me thinking a little bit more…parents should know at least a little about chlamydia before teaching their children. Then it got me thinking... Read more

Parents and teens: How to fight nicely

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Mayweather vs Pacquino isn’t the only fight to happen recently. Every day there are frustrated teens and parents sparring outside the ring — behind closed doors in their homes as well as in my adolescent medicine office. In exam room #1 are a mother and her teenage daughter. I was seeing... 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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