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Painkiller addiction and adults: How does it affect children?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
The media was obsessed when famous actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, apparently died of a heroin overdose last month. I was saddened last week when I worked a shift at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital nursery when a new baby was born having lost the father to an opiate overdose before the birth,... Read more

Why should my child have a 'medical home'?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 AM
Why is having a “medical home” important for your child? Having one pediatric practitioner or group of practitioners see your child regularly can help identify any patterns of illness and promote a healthy lifestyle, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP made its case... Read more

Avoid retail-based clinics for kids' care, pediatricians advise

Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:00 AM
Retail-based health clinics in pharmacies or big box stores may seem more convenient and less expensive compared to seeing a pediatrician, but these clinics do not provide children with the high-quality, regular preventive health care that they need, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics... Read more

How inactivity is really hurting our children

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
Only about one-quarter of American teens aged 12–15 years engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily, according to recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The findings from the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination... Read more

Formaldehyde in household products: What do I need to know?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 9:34 AM
Johnson & Johnson announced last week that it was taking conjugated aldehydes such as formaldehyde out of all of its products as it had promised to do two years ago, and it was working on getting parabens out next. Why is this news? Formaldehyde has been used to preserve dead bodies for over... Read more

Helping kids understand death

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
Earlier this month, I spent a good deal of time with my three young grandchildren (a 3-year-old girl, and 15 and 18 month boys). My mother-in-law died at the age of 90 after a very prolonged decline and then a very short acute illness. The three children all dressed up and doing their best to sit still... Read more

Why your kids should eat nuts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
As you’ve probably noticed, peanut allergies appear to be increasing in the United States, but not in other countries. We do not know the reason yet, but there are a number of proposed theories that haven’t been proven. Once you have peanut allergy it can be very serious, causing any... Read more

The flu season is here! Is your family vaccinated?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
Influenza immunization season is here. Between mid-September and New Years’ Day is the prime time to attempt to prevent the flu. People have more myths about “flu shots” than about almost any other medical procedure and certainly more than any other pediatric treatment. The “flu... Read more

Prescription painkiller abuse: How does it affect kids?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 5:30 AM
The United States has a crisis in the abuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. The rate of newborns withdrawing from painkillers or opiates – called neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS – in the US almost tripled from 2000 to 2009 (1.2 babies per 1000 newborns... Read more

Concussions and kids: Why do they need to ease back into academics?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
The awareness of the seriousness of concussions is at an all-time high because of the deleterious results on long-term mental health to serious athletes with repeated concussions. Football players most prominently, but also ice hockey players and even baseball players are showing severe early decline... 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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