Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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5 ways to teach social-emotional learning

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Last week, I talked about the importance of giving kids time to play to promote social-emotional learning – this includes a child’s ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of himself and others, and to use that knowledge to practice skills necessary for appropriately interacting... Read more

Top 3 signs that your teenager may be depressed

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:53 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. The Main Line was devastated to learn that 13-year-old Cayman Naib’s body was found on Sunday. From a distance, one could presume that Cayman led... Read more

Does my child need a multivitamin?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
Gummies, chewable, liquid, pill… Every parent wants his or her child to be healthy, and whether or not to give a multivitamin is a common question we receive from parents. Based on the advertising and extensive row of children’s multivitamins available, one would assume that every child... 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

Can online 'brain training' programs help my child?

Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
As we discover more information about the brain than we have ever known before, scientists and software engineers have come together to create a variety of brain training games on the computer. In general, there are two types: those that claim to make actual brain-based changes and those that focus... Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey is coming – are you ready?

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Love it or hate it, a movie glorifying some of the darker sides of sexual behaviors between consenting adults is coming to a theater near you. What’s near you is near your kids, so get ready to take advantage of this teachable moment. If you don’t know the theme of this best-selling trilogy... Read more

Common mistakes when using epinephrine autoinjectors

Monday, February 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Epinephrine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of anaphylaxis. For families of children with potentially serious allergies, using epinephrine autoinjectors, such as Epipen or Auvi-Q, in an emergency is not only safe and appropriate, but absolutely necessary. Delay in giving epinephrine during... Read more

Question medical over testing and over treatment of your children

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Working in the ER, I regularly get asked by worried parents to send more tests or to do more intervention on their child "just in case" and for their own peace of mind. When the requests are medically unnecessary, I do my best to dissuade parents. Most times, I am successful, but sometimes, parents'... Read more

CHOP’s Poison Control Center: Top 5 substances kids ingested in 2014

Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Michelle Swartz, RN, BSN, CSPI, a certified poison information specialist at The Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With the start of 2015, it means reflecting back on the Poison Control Center’s calls and overall performance... 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
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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. 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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