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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

TV in a child's bedroom: It's only bad news

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
The evils of too much screen time have been discussed before on this blog, ranging from the benefits of limiting usage to keeping devices away from the dinner table. They are about to be discussed again. This time, however, we will talk about the evils of having a screen in your child’s bedroom... Read more

Depressed teen? Maybe too little sleep is the cause

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
This happens all the time: A tearful teen sits before me, describing pretty crippling depression or anxiety, and sometimes both. We are in a session, I am her therapist, and I am nodding sympathetically. Then I ask the fateful question: “What time did you go to bed last night?” I... Read more

Time for bed! Do regular bedtimes benefit your child?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 12:00 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. Do your children go to bed at the same time every night? Do they get the same set amount of hours of sleep before waking in the morning?... Read more

Less sleep, larger BMI increases for teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:50 AM
Adequate sleep might be an important key in maintaining a healthy weight for teens. Increasing the number of hours of sleep to 10 hours each night may reduce the prevalence of adolescent obesity, according to a new study published online Monday in Pediatrics. The study observed over 1,000 Philadelphia-area... Read more

Little Kids with Adult-Sized Sleep Problems

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3:25 PM
By Sari Harrar Health-threatening snoring and obstructive sleep apnea -- pauses in breathing throughout the night -- aren’t just problems for grown-ups. In a new study, researchers say night-time wake-ups and other clues could help parents get the right diagnosis and help for little kids with... Read more

Deadly Sleep Positioners

Monday, November 26, 2012, 3:20 PM
By Sari Harrar Infant sleep positioners (ISPs) promise to reduce risk for sudden infant death, prevent “flat heads” in babies who would otherwise sleep on their backs, and “keep baby safer and cooler.” But a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says these devices... Read more

Teenz need to catch more ZZZs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11:39 AM
By Rima Himelstein, M.D. It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning … and, yes, I do know where my children are. They’re sleeping, just like we used to do when we were teenagers. But do they really need this extra sleep … or should I wake them up? According to the National Sleep... Read more
About this blog
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
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. 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
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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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