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Why overindulging your kids can lead to lifelong harm

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
When is enough - enough for you and your kids? Does it seem like you’re always getting them a new toy? Do you let them have their way too often? Knowing these answers will make all of your lives easier and your children’s futures happier and healthier. All too often, the most loving and... Read more

Sex education in school: What will your child learn?

Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
You’ve seen the new text books, met you kids’ teachers, been lectured on the new Common Core standards, and probably have a sense of what your kids will be learning about math, science, history and literature this year. But here’s an equally important question to consider: What will... Read more

Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Cynthia Boyer, PhD, Executive Director of Bancroft NeuroRehab. She has more than 20 years of experience as a clinician and administrator in neuropsychology and brain injury rehabilitation. She has adjunct faculty appointments at Rowan University, Widener University, and... Read more

Is your family prepared for a disaster?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:24 AM
Many of you (including myself) probably didn’t know that September is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remind us to prepare for emergencies and disasters. After the leftovers of hurricanes that have swept through and the... Read more

10 tips for parents to extract dental fears

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
You say your child is afraid of the dentist? How can this be? The dentist is BFF with tooth fairy! Which probably means the dentist is bros with Santa Claus, too! What’s not to like?! But if your child will not listen to reason, here are 10 tips that will help ease dental fears. These are... Read more

Watch out for high sugar in these drinks

Monday, September 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Gatorade is the “thirst quencher.” Vitamin water wants you to “hydrate the hustle.” With fall sports in full swing, now is the time that many children and teens reach for sports drinks, flavored water, and fruit flavored drinks. However, we may need to reexamine the labels... Read more

Why we shouldn't physically punish our kids

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
The recent arrest of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson has sparked a divided reaction within the NFL around the use of physical punishment with children. Peterson’s lawyer, for example, said that Peterson “used the same kind of discipline…that he experienced as a child... Read more

EV-D68 cases hit Philly, hospitals on alert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: Last week, regular blog contributor Stephen Aronoff, MD, told us more about enterovirus D68. Here’s an update on the spread of the virus from some of our area hospitals. With enterovirus D68 spreading to the East and Northeast, Philadelphia region hospitals are closely watching... Read more

How to talk to your kids about Rice and Peterson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
As you’ve already read, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice are highly skilled athletes who have been accused of committing terrible crimes. Peterson for repeatedly striking his son with a “switch,” and Rice who knocked out his then fiancée unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator... Read more

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
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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