Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Exactly how much sleep does my kid need?

Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:30 AM
Early this month, the National Sleep Foundation released new recommendations for the amount of sleep needed by various age groups, from newborns to older adults. This should be a relief to parents around the world. Now when your children whask (whine-ask) why you are making them go to bed so early... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Kickin’ cornbread

Friday, February 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Pair your family’s favorite chili or winter soup with our healthier version of cornbread. Ingredient substitutes such as applesauce, canola oil, and low fat buttermilk lighten up this baked good without sacrificing flavor. Boxed mixes may contain unhealthy ingredients, such as animal shortening... Read more

The effects of domestic violence on unborn children

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:30 AM
Nearly everyone in the country has seen the infamous “elevator” tape of Ray Rice delivering the vicious knock-out punch that rendered his wife unconscious. No matter what your opinion on this one highly sensationalized celebrity incident, there’s no denying the horrific effects of... Read more

Molly: So popular and yet so misunderstood

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:22 PM
Teens don’t understand the truth about Molly -- a popular, but dangerous party drug. Molly and its cousin, Ecstasy, are based on the drug MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine). They think that Molly is a purer form of Ecstasy. Wrong. A drug with many names: besides the names Molly and... Read more

Measles outbreak: What we've learned and what needs to be done

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30 AM
Turns out that the Magic Kingdom offers a lot more than a wonderful experience. An unimmunized child, who was in the early stages of measles, vacationed at Disneyland and was the index case for an outbreak that produced 103 additional cases as of February 6th; 68 of these cases occurred in California... Read more

Can online 'brain training' programs help my child?

Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:30 AM
As we discover more information about the brain than we have ever known before, scientists and software engineers have come together to create a variety of brain training games on the computer. In general, there are two types: those that claim to make actual brain-based changes and those that focus... Read more

Healthy family recipe: Slow cooker garlic and rosemary chicken with a splash of orange

Friday, February 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
Try something new for dinner tonight! Warm up with this flavorful dish that is high in protein and filled with vegetables. Slow Cooker Garlic and Rosemary Chicken with a splash of Orange Ingredients: - 24 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into medium sized pieces - 2 green peppers... Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey is coming – are you ready?

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5:30 AM
Love it or hate it, a movie glorifying some of the darker sides of sexual behaviors between consenting adults is coming to a theater near you. What’s near you is near your kids, so get ready to take advantage of this teachable moment. If you don’t know the theme of this best-selling trilogy... Read more

Who's the most stressed in America?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30 AM
Overall stress and its related illnesses were lower for the nation as a whole in 2014, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. That’s the good news. The bad news? Parents, younger generations, and those living in lower-income households report... Read more

Understanding that vaccines do not cause illness

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 AM
Vaccination — the word has become quite divisive. On both sides, we find well-meaning, intelligent, good parents who just want what is best for their children, and to protect them from harm. The science behind the benefits of vaccinating are clear (see this Healthy Kids blog about the importance... 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. Division 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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