Thursday, November 26, 2015


Why is sleep so important for our kids?

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on brain health. One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, if you’re anything like me, sleep has been something you’ve been dreaming about lately. With all of the fall school meetings, back-to-school nights, PTA events, soccer games, karate... Read more

5 steps to get your family ready for back-to-school

Monday, August 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital and in private practice in Bryn Mawr. Summer is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about sending our kids back to school. Getting back into the school routine is a shift from... 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

Should 2-year-olds still nap?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 9:35 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. Thinking about dropping your child’s nap time probably sounds scary to most parents. Your precious two hours of free time about to be swiped! Recently, an article from the... Read more

Guts or Instinct? When should you sleep train?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. The New York Times recently published this controversial article on how [and when] to sleep train your baby. In summary, one of the largest pediatric practices in New York City encourages... Read more

Exactly how much sleep does my kid need?

Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Early this month, the National Sleep Foundation released new recommendations for the amount of sleep needed by various age groups, from newborns to older adults. This should be a relief to parents around the world. Now when your children whask (whine-ask) why you are making them go to bed so early... Read more

Do I need a 'smart nursery'?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. I am a pediatric psychologist by trade. My other full time job is mom to two beautiful girls. I work with parents on positive sleep habits, setting routines, and helping their families... Read more

Why your teen probably needs more sleep

Monday, September 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
This never happens. A well-rested teen sits before me and shares the happy news: she is now sleeping at least 8, sometimes 9 hours a night. We are in a session; I am her therapist; and I am nodding enthusiastically. She came to me some months before with depression and anxiety. I blanched when I discovered... Read more

Kids and sleep: Get them on the right track

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
All of us know that kids need their sleep, but it’s not always easy getting there – especially when they put up a fight at bedtime. (In my case, it’s my 2-year-old believing that she’s missing out when I put her down for a nap in the afternoon. "Mommy, I'm not tired! Let's go... Read more

Could poor sleep habits increase my child's obesity risk?

Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:26 AM
Chronic sleep deprivation from infancy to mid-childhood was associated with high overall obesity rates at age seven, found a study In Pediatrics released online today. This is yet another study has been published in the journal about the importance of sleep for the healthy development of children... 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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