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Katherine Dahlsgaard

Should you tell your child she is 'too fat?'

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Parents, it turns out you probably shouldn’t use the f-word around your children. No, not that f-word. The other one. “Fat.” In a research letter published last week in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that 10-year-old girls who were told they were “too fat” by... Read more

Why should I limit my child's screen time?

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
A friend of mine recently punished his 9-year-old by taking away screen time for a whole month. Professionally, I tend to recommend that loss-of-privilege punishments last no more than 24 hours except for the most startling of misbehaviors, but, blessedly for both of us, my friend didn’t ask... Read more

Help your picky eater eat a variety of foods

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
In my clinical practice, I specialize in treating children with selective eating disorder (aka Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). In a recent post, I addressed the question of whether picky eating is harmful. The short answer was “yes:” prolonged picky eating compromises a... Read more

How can teens recover from sexual abuse?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:00 AM
Teenage girls are sexually assaulted with alarming frequency and many will go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If left untreated, PTSD can make life hell for the sufferer for years after the original trauma, and increase the likelihood of other problems – most common are... Read more

Depressed teen? Maybe too little sleep is the cause

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
This happens all the time: A tearful teen sits before me, describing pretty crippling depression or anxiety, and sometimes both. We are in a session, I am her therapist, and I am nodding sympathetically. Then I ask the fateful question: “What time did you go to bed last night?” I... Read more

Is picky eating harmful?

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Picky eating can be inconvenient, annoying, and worrisome, but is it actually harmful to your child? That depends on how long it lasts and its severity. Most children tend to go through a vexing icky-picky phase when they are toddlers – that’s developmentally normal. What’s also developmentally... Read more

What's a trich disorder?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:30 AM
A significant part of my work as a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in anxiety and related disorders is providing families with recommendations for good resources. “Good resources,” in these cases, are usually books and websites that offer general, up-to-date information... Read more

School refusal and kids: What can you do?

Monday, November 25, 2013, 9:42 AM
A significant part of my work as a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in anxiety and related disorders is providing families with recommendations for good resources. “Good resources,” in these cases, are usually books and websites that offer general, up-to-date information on the... Read more

Are you more likely to buy athlete-endorsed food products?

Monday, October 7, 2013, 9:37 AM
If Kim Kardashian told you to eat an Oreo, would you do it? How about if it was Serena Williams? Or Peyton Manning? Now would you be more inclined to eat that Oreo? Would your kid? The answer is yes, according to a new study published online today in the journal Pediatrics. The study, authored by... Read more

Do bullied children experience more health problems?

Monday, September 16, 2013, 12:00 AM
Bullying is a risk factor for poor psychological health. Dozens of research studies have already established that bullied children are at greater risk than their non-bullied peers for anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation, as well as compromised school achievement. What is not as well-known is... Read more
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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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