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Should I take my child to an urgent care center?

Monday, April 28, 2014, 9:30 AM
I recently saw a 7-year-old girl who was referred by her pediatrician because of a wrist injury. Two days before, she fell off a swing onto her left forearm and complained of wrist pain. She was brought to an urgent care center where a physician obtained x-rays, which did not show a broken bone, so... Read more

Kids and heavy backpacks: A prescription for back pain

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
Looking inside your child’s backpack may feel like looking at what “Toy Story’s” Mrs. Potato Head packs inside Mr. Potato Head for his trip: An extra pair of shoes. His angry eyes, just in case. Some Cheese Puffs (if he gets hungry). A key (unknown purpose for it). A Golf Ball... Read more

Introducing babies to solid foods: What you need to know

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Regina Vince, DO, a pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Peas, carrots, squash? Oh, my! Ready to start feeding solid foods your infant and feeling confused? It is not surprising. This is the biggest period... Read more

6 family activities to get your kids excited for Spring

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
Today's guest blogger is Heather Manning who lives in Bethlehem, Pa. with her partner and their sons, Lucas and Miles. Together they hike, paddle, run, swim, visit farms, and attend festivals throughout the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area. A version blog originally appeared on Kids Outdoors... Read more

How do I find credible health info online?

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Where do you go for medical advice and support in caring for your child? You are increasingly going digital, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. Seven in 10 people like you looked online for health information last year and found this information through search engines like Bing and Google. This... Read more

5 things you really need to know about sugar

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Whether your child has a sweet tooth or not, parents often have questions about sugar. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that the body uses as a source of energy. Some foods naturally contain sugar like fruit (fructose) and dairy (lactose). Added sugars are the biggest dietary concern because excessive... 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

Teens’ sexual health: 8 common myths

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Can we talk? While most of us agree it would be best for our teenagers to wait until they are older to have sex, at least half are having sex by the time they graduate high school. And what’s more troubling is that their behavior is sometimes based on myths, which puts them at a high risk for... Read more

Dos and Don'ts when talking to your kids about puberty

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Guest blogging today with regular contributor Mario Cruz, MD, is Nova Ashanti, MD, a pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. While you may not want to be reminded about your child’s rapidly changing body and emerging sexuality (yikes!), puberty remains a life transition... Read more

Infant sleep machines: Hazardous for babies' ears?

Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:00 AM
Today's guest blogger is Yell Inverso, Au.D, Ph.D, CCC-A, a pediatric audiologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. As the mother of a 24 month old, I am well aware that when baby gets a good night's sleep, we all get a good night's sleep. And in talking with other new parents, we... 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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