Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Help your teen avoid impaired driving

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
How can we help our teens stay safe on the road? An important way is to help them make safe choices. The theme of this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 18-24) ‘Avoid the Regret, Avoid Impaired Driving,’ encourages parents to talk to their teens about this safety risk... Read more

Talking to kids about gender

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is the first of two parts. It used to be so easy, people complain – there were two genders -- male and female. And now we have to understand transgender, gender queer, and gender fluidity – and to make it worse – we have to explain it to our kids! Thanks, Caitlyn... Read more

Oct 24: Free eye exams/glasses for uninsured kids at PCCY event

Monday, October 19, 2015, 9:51 AM
Today’s guest blogger is ​Colleen McCauley, Health Policy Director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth. PCCY is a research, advocacy and direct service non-profit organization working on behalf of children across southeast Pennsylvania. My’Kee Fisher couldn’t see. He couldn’t... Read more

Is your child ready for a cell phone?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:30 AM
There’s no way around it. Sooner or later, most parents will confront the issue of whether or not to let their child have a cell phone, and if so, when? The good news is there’s lots of expert advice available. The not so good news is that none of it provides “the” answer.... Read more

Do you know the best practice for car and booster seats for older children?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent study from the University of Michigan’s Pediatric Trauma Program strikes a chord with me that parents need reminders on child passenger safety throughout their child’s life. As a new parent, you were inundated with tips about how to keep your child safe. As a result, you may... Read more

Salmonella outbreaks: What do I need to know?

Monday, October 12, 2015, 8:40 AM
A recent article in the Washington Post reported that four people died and 732 people were sick following the ingestion of cucumbers carrying salmonella bacteria. More than half of the people sickened by the salmonella were children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last... Read more

6 ways to reduce food waste in your home

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:30 AM
I will be honest; I have never thought much about throwing out the wilted kale or the expired container of yogurt in my fridge. Not until I read the recent reports on just how much food the average American family wastes per year: $1,500 worth. And outside of my own personal financial loss, the environmental... Read more

Why is sleep so important for our kids?

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:30 AM
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on brain health. One sheep, two sheep, three sheep, if you’re anything like me, sleep has been something you’ve been dreaming about lately. With all of the fall school meetings, back-to-school nights, PTA events, soccer games, karate... Read more

A wakeup call: Do you know what your child learns online?

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the 14 years since Michael Bradley, Ed.D., published his bestseller, Yes Your Teen is Crazy, a lot has changed – especially when it comes to our kids and technology. In that short time, the world moved headfirst from the pre-digital period into the vast world of the Internet and social media... Read more

When you and your child’s teacher do not agree

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:30 AM
Of all the new things in the beginning of the school year — new backpacks, new lunchboxes, new clothes — the prospect of new relationships tends to bring the most anxiety for parents, particularly the relationship between child, teacher, and parent. Parents may wonder, will my son get along... 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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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