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Your essential back-to-school health checklist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Rhona H. Cooper, MSN, MA, RN, CBIS, School Health Coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia. In July, I heard the first commercial of the summer from a national office supply store announcing that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”... Read more

What's new with the meningococcal vaccine?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
The newer meningococcal conjugate vaccine should be used instead of the older meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine for children and teens, according to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online today. Meningococcal disease refers to any illness that is caused... Read more

Preventing common medication dosage errors

Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:39 AM
Medication dosing mistakes for children are common when parents encounter various measurements terms used interchangeably by health care providers or on the bottle’s label, according to a study released online today from Pediatrics. Medication errors from a mix up of measurement terms –... Read more

Depression and kids: Why antidepressants shouldn't be ruled out

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
The “black box” warning on antidepressants that stated the medications could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in youth may have resulted in an increase in suicide attempts over the last ten years, concludes a study published last week in the British Medical Journal. This... Read more

Should I be concerned about the measles?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the United States currently has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000. As of May 23, the confirmed case count for 2014 was 288 and growing for 2014, according to the CDC... Read more

App review: CHOP's Vaccines on the Go: What you should know

Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:30 AM
Looking for a resource that has all you need to know about vaccines from a trusted source? The Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know app from The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a breadth of information on vaccines in an easy navigable format. The app... Read more

What do I need to know about meningitis?

Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16 AM
Bacterial meningitis is a contagious and potentially lethal infection. Recent cases at Princeton and Drexel universities and the infection of an 8-year-old Collegeville elementary school student have raised concerns about the disease across the area. I hope to provide anxious parents with some understanding... Read more

What's new with the vaccine recommendations this year?

Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Pregnant teens should receive the Tdap vaccine for each pregnancy to protect themselves and their babies against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, preferably during week 27 through week 36 of gestation, regardless of time since previous Td or Tdap vaccine, according to new vaccine recommendations... Read more

Can a child with an egg allergy get the flu vaccine?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
If you're holding out on getting your child vaccinated for the flu because of an egg allergy, you might not need to! In general, almost all egg-allergic patients can receive the vaccine, after evaluation by an allergist. Most flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. There is sometimes... Read more

The flu season is here! Is your family vaccinated?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
Influenza immunization season is here. Between mid-September and New Years’ Day is the prime time to attempt to prevent the flu. People have more myths about “flu shots” than about almost any other medical procedure and certainly more than any other pediatric treatment. The “flu... 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, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
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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