Saturday, February 13, 2016

Vaccines and Medications

Your family’s medicine cabinet: throw out the codeine

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 4:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, medical director of The Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The days of January are short and cold. At times it can seem that everyone is coughing from a cold, the flu, or bronchitis. Pains can flare. It’s... Read more

Prescribe this instead of using psych meds in young kids

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 4:00 AM
Once again the increasing use of psychiatric medications for very young children, under the age of 3, has appeared in the news. A different journalist, but a similar story. The use of these medications in infants and toddlers was first sounded during a Senate hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Tom Carper... Read more

A closer look at study reporting ADHD medications cause sleep problems

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Warning: a new study concludes that drugs such as Concerta, Adderall and Vyvanse lead to worse sleep in children. But, parents who are considering whether to treat your child's ADHD with stimulant medication, don't let the results scare your pants off. In fact, put them back on and continue reading... Read more

Should children avoid meat treated with antibiotics?

Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
Our guest blogger today is Lori Handy, MD from the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Today begins “Get Smart” about antibiotics week sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It serves to raise awareness of the... Read more

Ways to reduce ER visits for accidental medication overdoses by kids

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Blogging with Jeanette Trella, Pharm.D, Managing Director at The Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is Blair Thornley, PharmD, CSPI, a pharmacist at the Poison Control Center at the Children's. It was estimated that 640,000 emergency department visits were made... Read more

Depression and teens: What does the latest news about Paxil mean?

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 8:40 AM
Learning that your teen has depression can be terrifying for a parent – concerns range from getting the right treatment to general safety. It was estimated in 2013 that 8 percent of high school students attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months, according to the Centers for... Read more

Dispelling the myth: ADHD stimulant medications and tics

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:20 AM
Stimulant medications for ADHD – such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall and Vyvanse – do not appear to cause tics in children nor make tics worse, concludes a study published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. These findings are important... Read more

HPV vaccine: Why is it important?

Monday, September 7, 2015, 6:00 AM
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted pathogen in the United States. About 79 million people in the U.S. are currently infected with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In susceptible individuals, the initial infection produces a wart-like... Read more

The top 5 overused tests and procedures for ill newborns

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pediatrics published a paper online today with a most appropriate name: “Choosing Wisely in Newborn Medicine: Five Opportunities to Increase Value.” The paper emphasizes that stopping the use of five procedures on the smallest and sickest newborns would significantly decrease costs, but... Read more

Homeopathic medicine: What’s the potential harm?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
What if I told you homeopathy is completely useless? I wouldn’t blame you for being skeptical or feeling that such a statement is arrogant especially when made by an MD. Homeopathy is a multi-billion dollar business and is widely available. Unfortunately, it is essentially nothing more than... Read more
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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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