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Are adults causing whooping cough epidemic?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 11:34 AM
Editor’s note: One overlooked reason for the increase in whooping cough cases in the U.S. this year: Adults who haven’t gotten their booster shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 8 percent of American adults have received the Tdap booster shot since it... Read more

Ups and downs of whooping cough vaccine

Monday, July 23, 2012, 11:21 AM
The whooping cough epidemic in Washington State — as of Tuesday, there were 3,014 cases of the bacterial infection that causes cold-like symptoms and serious coughing fits in kids and adults, but can be fatal for babies — has fueled a new debate about the vaccines that once nearly wiped... Read more

Do kids need more dirt?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 1:09 PM
by Sari Harrar A new study says that for some kids, a dog or cat at home lowers risk for colds and ear infections. Researchers weren’t sure why -- but suspect that pets, especially dogs, expose young children to micro-organisms that help “teach” their immune systems how to respond... Read more

A health bonus for parents

Friday, July 6, 2012, 10:05 AM
Despite – or perhaps because of – the fact that little kids seem to catch every bug that zooms through the neighborhood, daycare and elementary school, parents are remarkably resistant to the common cold, a new Carnegie Mellon University study says. But parental super-immunity is about... Read more

Coping with ear infections

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:40 AM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. It’s a creepy-crawly fact: Humans have 10 times the number of bacteria in our bodies than we have human cells. In some sense, that makes each of us just 9 percent human. These bacteria exist in symbiosis (Greek for “living together”) with us. They’re... Read more

When stomach bugs are good for your kid

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:34 PM
It’s a creepy crawly scene any 9-year-old – and science nerds of all ages – would flip for: Trillions of tiny bacteria swimming, swarming inside a human body. But this isn’t science-fiction, a horror movie or a Saturday morning cartoon. The good bacteria that call the human... Read more

Register TODAY for free vaccine catch-up clinics

Friday, March 30, 2012, 12:10 PM
A crumpled announcement dredged up from the bottom of your kid’s backpack may have informed you: A new Pennsylvania vaccine deadline for school-aged kids is looming. Kids and teens who were not up-to-date on required immunizations when the current school year began last fall had eight months... Read more

Spring allergy season is here already

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 2:26 PM
Call it the other flower show – Mother Nature’s colorful display of daffodils and crocus, magnolia and forsythia that’s in full swing from Wilmington to Allentown and beyond. But along with the big bloom comes the Big Sneeze, as maples, elms and junipers unleash clouds of allergy-provoking... Read more

When the GI bug is bugging your child

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:42 PM
You’ve cleaned up your toddler’s throw up for the third time and changed his diarrhea-soaked diapers twice in the past few hours. You’re waiting for the nurse at your pediatrician’s office to call you back. Your child is refusing to drink liquids and is looking miserable. You’re... Read more

When colds become more serious

Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:22 AM
Did you know that the viruses that cause colds (acute upper respiratory tract infections) in children and adults cause a completely different disease in children under 2 years of age? In infants and toddlers, infections with common cold viruses produce a lower respiratory tract infection called bronchiolitis... 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, 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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