Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sex

Why should teens consider long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
The use of LARC methods (intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants) for teens was a “hot topic” when I recently attended the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology’s Annual Meeting. Why? The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for... Read more

Teens’ sexual health: 8 common myths

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Can we talk? While most of us agree it would be best for our teenagers to wait until they are older to have sex, at least half are having sex by the time they graduate high school. And what’s more troubling is that their behavior is sometimes based on myths, which puts them at a high risk for... Read more

Teens and Sex: A difficult conversation for everyone – Including doctors

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
I vividly remember the first time my son’s pediatrician asked me to leave the examining room during his annual check-up. He said that as his patients approached adolescence, it was his practice to spend a few minutes with them privately. It would allow them to ask any questions or voice concerns... Read more

A golden New Year's resolution to promote sexual health and safety

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
A very long time ago, I found my 3-year-old son standing by the wheel chair of a frail, older family member four generations his senior, saying in a taunting tone of voice, “My Mommy says I don't have to kiss you if I don't want to." At a previous family gathering, he had been terrified when... Read more

“Double standards” in teens’ sexual attitudes and behaviors

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Life is full of double standards. And it starts early. Some of it is harmless. For instance, from day one of life, the name cards on newborns’ cribs are pink for girls and blue for boys. Research shows how double standards may influence human behavior. In one experimental study looking at this... Read more

How do I chose a book to help explain sex to my child?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:30 AM
Kids need to learn about their bodies and sex; parents know that. But most parents struggle to find the right way to teach them. A good book, carefully chosen, can help you teach sexual health and safety, but where to start to find the perfect book? The local branch of a chain bookstore had sections... Read more

Talk to your teen about condoms, docs say

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 9:20 AM
Schools, communities, and parents can play a role in improving the use of condoms and increased availability of condoms among sexually active teens, encourages the American Academy of Pediatrics in its recently released updated policy statement on condom use. Abstaining from sexual intercourse should... Read more

What's the impact of porn on kids?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:30 AM
If your children have access to a device with Internet access -- and it's a good bet that they do -- it's an equally good bet that they've been exposed to pornographic images. A major study found that almost all boys and two-thirds of girls over age 13 have been exposed to online porn. Most exposure... Read more

Talking with kids about sex and safety

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 11:17 AM
This is a guest post from Janet Rosenzweig, M.S., Ph.D., M.P.A., interim executive director of Prevent Child Abuse - Pennsylvania, a program of the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Rosenzweig is the author of The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide Protecting Your Child,... Read more

Teen sexual assault: Is it really rare? Is it rarely real? Or is it really real?

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
Recently, I became the doctor of a 17-year-old girl who had been raped. She told me that right after the rape, she was scared and told her mother. Her mother immediately took her to the ER. Following medical guidelines, the ER doctor gave her emergency contraception and treated her empirically for... 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. 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
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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