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Why more help is needed for depressed, postpartum parents

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:34 AM
The profound and sometimes deadly impact of postpartum depression on mothers, children and their families was recently highlighted in a short series in the New York Times. The articles attempted to shed some light on the mental illness in a constructive way following a string of sensational stories... Read more

Why toddlers don't need ADHD medication

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 8:51 AM
At least 10,000 toddlers in the United States are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they shouldn’t be receiving this type of treatment, according to data presented last month by an official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Visser, DrPH... Read more

Could poor sleep habits increase my child's obesity risk?

Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:26 AM
Chronic sleep deprivation from infancy to mid-childhood was associated with high overall obesity rates at age seven, found a study In Pediatrics released online today. This is yet another study has been published in the journal about the importance of sleep for the healthy development of children... Read more

Children and firearm injuries: What are the consequences?

Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:38 AM
We know that firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death among American children and a major contributor to injury and long term medical costs for survivors, but little information exists about children and teens who are hospitalized for firearm injuries. A study released online today in... Read more

New recommendations for children's media usage from AAP

Monday, October 28, 2013, 9:33 AM
Parents should make a media use plan, including mealtime and bedtime curfews for media devices, advised the American Academy of Pediatrics, when it announced new recommendations for media use by children at its annual meeting today. The last time the AAP touched on this subject was in 2001 and the... Read more

Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
Do you think guns in the home make your children safer? It’s usually not the case. Last January, high school student Anthony Krueger locked himself in his room and shot himself under the chin twice after his mother called the police about his drug use. Stories like this highlight that one of... Read more

Time for bed! Do regular bedtimes benefit your child?

Monday, October 14, 2013, 12:00 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, is Meghan Walls, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children. Do your children go to bed at the same time every night? Do they get the same set amount of hours of sleep before waking in the morning?... Read more

Should schools send home 'fat letters'?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:45 AM
Should schools send letters home to parents indicating their child’s Body Mass Index percentile and weight category? An opinion piece in Pediatrics released online earlier this week discusses how the BMI screening letters have come under harsh criticism in Massachusetts and are now being called... Read more

Kids with ab pain more likely to have anxiety disorder as adults

Monday, August 12, 2013, 9:51 AM
Abdominal pain in childhood with no determined physical cause predicts much higher rates of anxiety and depression in adolescence and early adult years, according to a study published online today in Pediatrics. It’s been estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of school-aged children... Read more

Is there an overdiagnosis of ADHD?

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 9:21 AM
A recent study in Pediatrics found that African American and Hispanic children are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder than white children. It was a very well designed, carefully measured study based on a representative sample of over 15,000 children... 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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