Thursday, February 11, 2016


5 types of foods for healthier brains

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:00 AM
The Federal Government recently released new dietary recommendations for Americans, which include reducing sugar and saturated fats, and eating more fruits and vegetables. These guidelines can help keep our kids’ bodies healthy, but what foods will give them healthier brains? I talked with Brian... Read more

3 ways to promote healthy self-confidence for kids

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Paul LeBuffe is the Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. Self-confidence is a significant factor for children in achieving success both in school and life. Fortunately, like other social and emotional skills, self-confidence can be... Read more

The ‘duct tape challenge’ and other dangerous social media trends

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4:00 AM
The ‘duct tape challenge’, where someone is wrapped in duct tape and challenged to break free within a certain period of time, is the latest in a string of dangerous social media trends, each with countless unique videos, millions of views and negative consequences. Recently, a teen in... Read more

There’s sugar in what?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:00 AM
Sugar. We hear about it often and try to avoid it, but how much do we really know about the added sugars in our food? With the newest national dietary guidelines recommending no more than 10 percent of total calories in the day coming from sugar, limiting intake is a hot topic for parents who are trying... Read more

What is the rate of child abuse in schools, rec groups?

Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:03 PM
As a parent, you’ve probably heard enough stories about child abuse in sports teams and youth organizations to make your head spin. A study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics offers both good news and cause for some concern when it comes to the rate of abuse in these groups. This good... Read more

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

Helping our kids learn their behavior has consequences

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Katie Hoffses, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours / A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. As you have probably seen, Ethan Couch, the “Affluenza Teen”, and his mother were recently apprehended in Mexico after fleeing the country for allegedly violating... Read more

5 nutrition tips for kids with type 2 diabetes

Monday, January 4, 2016, 10:11 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Megan Robinson, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who cares for children with diabetes, Turner syndrome, and endocrine disorders. Eating healthy is important for all kids, but for kids with... Read more

Prescribe this instead of using psych meds in young kids

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 4:00 AM
Once again the increasing use of psychiatric medications for very young children, under the age of 3, has appeared in the news. A different journalist, but a similar story. The use of these medications in infants and toddlers was first sounded during a Senate hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Tom Carper... Read more

8 simple new year’s resolutions for families

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 11:38 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Rob Danoff, DO, a family physician and program director of the Family Medicine and Combined Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency Programs at Aria Health. A new year presents a time for a fresh start. Do you want to serve your family more fruits and veggies? Be... 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.
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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