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Gary A. Emmett

Tick season is here! What you need to know about prevention and removal

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:50 AM
Tick bite season is back! It is spring and warm, and children and adults are playing outside again. Ticks are also getting more active and they're looking for a good, hearty blood meal from us. They can be found in wooded areas, brushy fields, and around your home. When you find a tick on yourself... Read more

ADHD drugs should not be prescribed to help kids study

Friday, March 29, 2013, 9:20 AM
Prescribing drugs solely to boost thinking and memory functions in children and adolescents who do not have neurologic disorders should never occur. Practitioners should not let parents or patients bully them into prescribing stimulants and other psychoactive substances to improve academic performance... Read more

Many moms introducing solids too soon

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
When should an infant get solid food? For over 20 years, we have been saying after four months. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed that to a recommendation that an infant should get nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, or infant formula if breast milk is... Read more

FDA issues a warning for commonly used antibiotic

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Azithromycin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, could potentially cause a fatal irregular heart rhythm in some patients, the Food and Drug Administration warned last week. This warning will now be reflected on the drug’s label which is known as Zithromax, Zmax or as a "Z-Pack." The drug... Read more

Talking to your teens about STDs

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
Adolescents have sex, whether parents want to face it or not. Teens need to know that one serious consequence of having sex is acquiring sexually transmitted diseases. To make matters worse, some STDs aren’t easily treatable anymore. Condoms help prevent STDs, but they are often not used (especially... Read more

New guidelines for treating ear infections

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics did not issue any radical new ideas on preventing middle ear infections in children in a new report released yesterday, they did emphasize three issues, two of which were lifestyle issues. - Breastfed babies simply get less middle ear infections... Read more

Is it an ear infection or ear ache?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9:00 AM
What exactly is an ear infection? Doctors are not always as precise in their language as they should be and this has lead to many different kinds of diseases being called “ear infections.” An outer ear canal infection occurs when water that is too alkaline gets into the outer ear... Read more

Antibiotics aren't a magic cure all

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 5:00 AM
Parents expect almost miraculous cures when they take their sick child to the doctor. Why? The introduction of penicillin, the first really effective antibiotic 70 years ago, was a wonder drug that worked overnight. Soldiers would be dying of pneumonia or a horribly infected leg. They would recover... Read more

The 4 ‘R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic and recess!

Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:00 AM
Kids are getting less time to simply play these days in school. More and more schools have cut recess, gym classes, and organized sports. Here's why: 1) In times of less available money, ”extra-curricular” activities such as art, music (do not get me started on less music) and physical... Read more

Violence, stress and children's health

Friday, October 5, 2012, 4:18 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Multiple studies show that when children witness or - even worse - are personally assaulted, there are long-term consequences for their health and behavior. Children caught up in the web of violence have much higher chances of: - Poor school achievement - Early sexual... 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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