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Healthy eating habits need to start early, CDC study finds

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:44 AM
Establishing healthy eating behaviors early in life can potentially predict healthy eating behaviors later in life, and even better overall health, found new research in a Pediatrics supplement published online today. The data comes from a follow-up study of children at 6 years of age who were previously... Read more

App review: 4Kids Health from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
The 4Kids Health app from the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis covers it all when it comes to kids’ health. Here are some of the main features: Symptom Tracker: It lets you search under a long list of symptoms. For example, you can look up Hand, Foot... Read more

Your essential back-to-school health checklist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Rhona H. Cooper, MSN, MA, RN, CBIS, School Health Coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia. In July, I heard the first commercial of the summer from a national office supply store announcing that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”... Read more

How do I talk to my kids about suicide?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Robin Williams' suicide last week, like all suicides, was shocking. He was funny, successful, rich, beloved. At 63, he was also middle-aged, white, male, depressed, battling a debilitating disease, and had a history of substance abuse. Those are some of the major risk factors for suicide. Combine... Read more

Should your child use an activity tracker wristband?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Building off the popularity of activity trackers like Fitbit for adults, there’s now an armband available for 4 to 7-year-olds that acts as a physical activity monitor and virtual pet. It’s worn like a watch, and children earn points that unlock prizes and games for their virtual pet as... Read more

Teaching safety from the car seat to driver seat

Monday, August 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents often wrestle with how to balance child safety and independence. On playgrounds, at schools, and in the office, they often ask me questions that start with, “At what age can I let my child go alone to…” or “My child wants to (fill in the blank) with his friends; is... Read more

Are you spending enough quality time with your kids?

Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:03 AM
Do you ever feel troubled by the lack of quality time that you have with your children? Quality time can be defined as any activity that allows you to: learn about your child’s interests, assess their strengths and challenges, teach life skills, or make them feel special and loved. Only 33 percent... Read more

Never leave your child in the car and tips so you don't forget

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Many of us forget things in our car all the time. With the hustle and bustle of life, it can easily happen when there’s break in your normal routine. Usually, it is a pair of sunglasses, wallet, purse, or a much needed umbrella. While it may seem surprising, a change in schedule amidst a stressful... Read more

How much radiation is too much for my child?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 5:30 AM
Your toddler fell while running and struck his head on the tiled kitchen floor. He cried immediately and then took his usual nap. When he woke up an hour later, he seemed uncomfortable and vomited a few times. You are advised to bring your child to the Emergency Room after calling your primary physician... Read more

What teens do and don’t know about health, safety

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:30 AM
Teenagers sure say “I know!” a lot. I know — not just because I’m an Adolescent Medicine doctor, but because I am a mom. Just this summer I got a good number of “I knows” from my very own teens to loving reminders like “don’t forget to use sunscreen... 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, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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