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Teen depression: Not just a phase they will outgrow

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
This is the first in an ongoing series that will examine mental illness in teens. Blog contributor Rima Himelstein, M.D., a Crozer-Keystone Health System pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, opens the series with how to recognize signs of depression in teens. In the following weeks, we'll... Read more

The best way to treat traumatized kids still not clear

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
What type of treatments help kids who have witnessed shootings, been caught in a storm, or who have been abused themselves? What treatments help kids cope with a serious illness? What treatments have serious side effects? Therapists deal with these issues every day and desperately need help in... Read more

The travails of the female athlete

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 3:35 PM
The first time I met my 16-year-old patient, she hadn’t had a period for 14 months. For the past year, she had felt moody, had difficulty concentrating, and had experienced “hot flashes” and “night sweats.” This teenager was a competitive volleyball player with Olympic... Read more

Five Ways to Help Your Child Overcome Needle Fears

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 4:34 PM
By Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. American children receive over 30 shots for vaccinations during the course of their lives. That doesn’t include Novocain shots at the dentist’s office and injections to draw blood for tests. Yet In a recent study, 63% of children reported mild-moderate... Read more

Taking the Sting Out of Kids’ Needle Fears and Phobias

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 3:56 PM
By Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. It's flu season, which means it’s flu shot season, which means it’s a good time for some parental tips to help your child calmly face those shots with confidence. Yes, there is an inhaled flu mist vaccine available, but – as a psychologist who... Read more

Energy Drinks Are Targeting Your Kids Behind Your Back

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:10 PM
By Sari Harrar Reports surfaced this week that the US Food and Drug Administration is investigating a heart attack and five deaths -- including that of a Maryland teenager-- “associated” with highly-caffeinated Monster Energy Drink. But months earlier, Yale University’s Rudd Center... Read more

The words that help bullied kids

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:09 PM
What did one in seven girls and one in six boys have in common in a new Canadian study? These 10-year-olds got bullied several times a week at school -- most often by fellow students who called them names, taunted them and tried to turn them into social outcasts. But many of these potential victims... Read more

Teen volunteering has healthy consequences

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:07 PM
By Rima Himelstein, M.D. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead In 2010, 4.4 million teenagers (26 percent of youth ages 16 to 19) gave 377 million hours of volunteer service to communities... 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

Five smarter ways to nurture reading

Friday, October 5, 2012, 2:02 PM
by Sari Harrar Every parent knows the drill for encouraging kids to love reading - surround them with books, read to them, let them see you reading. But a new article in the American Psychological Association’s monthly magazine takes the advice further in smart ways that might surprise you. You’ll... 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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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. 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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