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Archive: June, 2013

You say yes…I say no: how parenting style may affect teens’ behaviors

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
As Groucho Marx once said, “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” If only getting older were so simple. For some teens and their families, the teenage years are filled with stress and turmoil. And why wouldn’t they be? After all, the child is becoming... Read more

Why should I take sibling bullying seriously?

Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:49 AM
It seems to be the accepted norm that siblings will fight and torment each other. But researchers say sibling bullying should be treated as seriously as bullying from a peer. In fact, being picked on by a brother or sister can be harmful to a child’s mental health, found a study published online... Read more

Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners recalled by Baby Matters, LLC

Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:11 PM
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing a voluntary recall of all models of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers. This recall is announced as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed... Read more

Stride Rite Recalls Girl’s Sandals

Friday, June 14, 2013, 9:49 AM
Stride Rite is recalling about 7,500 “Joanna” girl’s sandals because the metal flower on the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard. The sandle has an ankle strap, three bands, and a flower on top. The company has received six reports of the flowers detaching and eleven reports... Read more

Traveling abroad this summer? See your doc first

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:05 AM
Planning a trip abroad for the summer? Consider potential health risks that may lurk at your destination. It’s important to check with your doctor to find out what precautions, such as vaccines or medications, can help protect your family. Here’s why. While virtually nonexistent in the... Read more

Study cuts down on unnecessary antibiotic prescribing by pediatricians

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:05 AM
A program that combined education and feedback of physicians’ prescribing habits reduced the amount of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed to kids in pediatrician’s offices, according to a study in the June 12 issue of JAMA. Overprescribing has resulted in antibiotics losing their effectiveness... Read more

Can we settle the swaddling controversy?

Monday, June 10, 2013, 9:31 AM
An old method of soothing a crying infant, swaddling or tightly wrapping in cloth, has become controversial lately with the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education recommended against swaddling, saying it could increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome... Read more

How can kangaroo mother care benefit my newborn?

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:00 AM
Today's guest blogger is Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, professor of perinatal nursing & Helen M. Shearer professor of nutrition, and faculty advisor to Student Nurses at PENN at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and nurse researcher - lactation at The Children's Hospital of... Read more

Missed opportunities: Put down the devices, engage with your child

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6:00 AM
Today's guest blogger is Anita Kulick, President & CEO of Educating Communities for Parenting in Philadelphia. ECP offers a variety of programs and services for teen and adult parents, adjudicated delinquent youth, young adults aging out of the foster care system, preschoolers, and children at... Read more

Teen acne: Don’t scrub, don’t pick and try not to stress

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:22 AM
In medical school we had a joke: What is the biggest organ in the body? The answer, “skin,” made us chuckle. Little did I know that skin would end up being the cause of so much distress to my teenage patients. Why do teens get acne? Here’s what my teen son says: “It’s... Read more
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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, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
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
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
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., 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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