Monday, August 31, 2015

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Prevent summer brain drain with these 'exercises'

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer brain drain has been a common fear of parents and educators for decades. Research shows that students return to school approximately one month behind academically. Some students lose more of what they’ve learned, and some lose less. For example, students from lower income families tend... Read more

When can my child stay home alone?

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
With school out for the summer and the kids home, you’ll probably find yourself faced with the tough job of deciding if they’re old enough to be left alone. A generation ago this wasn’t such a big deal. Relatives lived close by and if they couldn’t help out, there was always... Read more

Are tampons safe for teenagers?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
A girl’s first menstrual period is a big deal. This usually occurs between ages 12 and 13, but it can happen as early as 9. Whether she calls it her “period,” her “time of the month” or (my daughter’s personal favorite) her “you know what,” she must pay... Read more

The top 3 critical errors teen drivers make

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Your teen may have recently passed her driver’s license test, but that doesn’t mean she has the critical driving skills needed to safely hit the open road. A teen’s greatest risk of crashing is highest immediately after leaving the DMV newly licensed and remains high for the next... Read more

5 tips to keep your summer healthy

Monday, June 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Lisa Tucciarone, NP, a Nurse Practitioner for Aria Health FastCare. Although the summer weather invites family trips to the pool, weekend getaways and backyard barbeques, it can also bring on some pesky, minor and serious health hazards that may keep you from enjoying your... Read more

Sunscreen: Here’s what you should know

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer is officially here! It’s important to protect our skin now that we’re spending more time in the sun. Many of us turn to sunscreen, but do you know how it works and are there concerns about certain chemicals in it? Here are some questions that you may have about sunscreen: Why use... Read more

How can I teach my child to be more responsible?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Responsibility is about teaching your children to be accountable and follow through. To do this, you actually need to help your child become “response-able,” especially when thinking about responsibility from a brain-based perspective. You see, when children follow through with a commitment... Read more

Summer camp prep: Action plans for food, insect, or pollen allergies

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
Summer camp can be a great experience for children. If your child has allergies, there are some important things to consider as you get him or her ready for this exciting activity. Depending on the camp your child attends, there may be forms for you and maybe your child’s doctor to complete concerning... Read more

Enjoy swimming fun, Avoid swimmer’s ear

Monday, June 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather C. Nardone, MD , a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. With summer quickly approaching, many children will be enjoying more time in pools and at the beach. All that time in the water is excellent exercise, but it’s important... Read more

How can I make my 'home climate' more positive?

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
What is the climate in your home? Not if it’s hot or cold, but rather its overall “feel.” Do the people in your home feel respected and empowered to communicate openly? Is the environment positive, warm and welcoming? Is it a climate built on empathy? Researchers have been studying... 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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