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Talk to your kids about being safe on New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 10:04 AM
Many families plan big celebrations for New Year’s Eve, and many kids may think they’ve outgrown spending such a social evening with their parents. Separating from parents and individuating socially and physically is a key part of growing up, and planning for New Year’s Eve together... Read more

When should my daughter have her first gynecology visit?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 10:15 AM
Have you “been there, done that” with your teen when it comes to check-ups? “Time for your annual physical!” “K!” “You need to go to the dentist!” “Whatevs!” How about this one? “Time for your first gynecology visit!” “No... Read more

Should I force my child to apologize?

Monday, December 21, 2015, 1:18 PM
At this time of year with all the holiday events, family celebrations, and a week of school vacation, it seems predestined that if there are kids - there will be fights. Let’s face it. No matter how sweet or kind a child may usually be, spending all this time together in close quarters, plus... Read more

How healthy is your child’s school?

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its Healthy Schools initiative, providing federal funding to states to reduce risk factors related to childhood obesity and to promote the healthy well-being and development of children. This initiative is an acknowledgement of the critical... Read more

Make holiday hugs a child’s choice

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Learning to set and hold boundaries is an important life skill. Adults without boundaries are routinely taken advantage of by others because they lack the skill set it takes to say “no” in various situations. Many don’t even realize they have a choice when asked to do something: They... Read more

Tips for creating a safer environment for roughhousing

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 8:59 AM
Play fighting, rough and tumble play, and even hugging are consistently restricted by well meaning teachers and parents who worry about children’s safety as I wrote about in my last post. In fact, play fighting rarely escalates according to research. When it does escalate, it is generally due... Read more

How to take the stress out of holiday eating for kids with type 1 diabetes

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:27 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Megan Robinson, MS, RD, CDE, LDN, a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who cares for children with diabetes, Turner syndrome and endocrine disorders. The holidays are here and that means spending time with family... Read more

5 simple, but important Thanksgiving food safety tips

Monday, November 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest bloggers are Nisha Parikh and Joseph Roselli, PharmD Candidates from the. University of the Sciences. November is finally here. It is time to clear your yard of scarecrows and carved pumpkins, and start thinking about your Thanksgiving plans! A time to reflect on what you are thankful... Read more

In a world with guns, sensible ways to keep kids safe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Despite the controversies around guns, there is one thing I think we can agree on – no child should die from guns. While it might be hard to address many of the causes of gun violence, one thing every parent should take responsibility for is gun safety in the home, whether it is your home or... Read more

Is my child susceptible to diabetes?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 9:49 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Erin Caroulis, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE a Certified Diabetes Educator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As an adult, your doctor may warn you about the risk of diabetes. But it is not just adults who are at risk – children may also be susceptible to diabetes... 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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