Friday, December 26, 2014

Vaccines and Medications

Norovirus: Is my child at risk?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:32 AM
It’s not only the flu striking hard this year. A new strain of norovirus is the cause of over 50 percent of outbreaks that began last fall. It is one of the most common causes of food borne diarrheal disease outbreaks. Norovirus outbreaks originate with contaminated food, and usually occur in... 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

What not to give to your teething baby

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 12:50 PM
It was 3 a.m. when my youngest daughter, who will turn 1 soon, woke me up crying last month. Colette had been sleeping consistently through the night for the past few months. But now there was teething. Lately, she drooled more and ate less. I immediately grabbed Baby Orajel in hopes that it would... Read more

What you need to know about immunizing your child

Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:00 PM
Protecting our children: it’s on all of our minds right now, especially, and it will always be. That is why I decided to write my final blog for 2012 on one area in medicine where we can really provide protection: vaccination against disease. In fact, vaccination is one of the greatest gifts... 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

For Parents: Is Your Kids’ Drug Reaction An Allergy or Not?

Monday, November 19, 2012, 3:27 PM
A skin rash…itching…breathing problems…swelling. These can be warning signs that your child is having an allergic reaction to a medication he or she is taking. Some reactions -- like difficulty breathing, hives, fainting, dizziness or abdominal pain -- are a medical emergency... Read more

Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too

Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:49 PM
By Rima Himelstein They’re known as study drugs ... party drugs ... vitamin R, the smart drug, addy, a-bomb ... Regardless of the slang or street names, they’re actually stimulants like ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Adderall’, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention... Read more

Are Parents Powerless when Teens Abuse Rx Drugs?

Friday, November 9, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog will look at this issue through the stories of former teen prescription-drug users now in recovery, their parents and local addiction-recovery experts working to treat addicted teens and help parents prevent this under-the-radar and... Read more

Teen prescription drug abuse: What Parents Should Know

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 6:00 AM
By Sari Harrar Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. One in six teens say they’ve taken a prescription drug at least once in the past year just for kicks. One in 11 are drug-dependent and another one in five show signs of dependence, one... 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.
Mario Cruz, M.D. Pediatrician, Associate Director of Pediatric Residency Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
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
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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