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Archive: January, 2013

What’s new in the recommended vaccination schedule?

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:35 AM
Pregnant women are now advised to receive the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during each pregnancy to protect their newborns from whooping cough, according to the new vaccination guidelines for 2013 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American... Read more

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

What to feed your child after a stomach virus

Monday, January 28, 2013, 5:40 AM
Along with the winter dip in temperatures, also comes a rise in seasonal viruses. With a widespread flu outbreak this year, children are at an even higher risk of coming in contact with a virus that will keep them from school. Though the occasional stomach virus is likely inevitable, knowing what to... Read more

Noise-induced hearing loss: Maybe our teens really can’t hear us

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:10 AM
“I can hear what you’re listening to!” If you’ve said this to your teen when he or she is listening to an iPod or MP3 player through ear buds, you are not alone. I’ve had to say (yell) it to my own teens! The fact is: our teens are risking hearing loss. Sound scary? It... Read more

Could my child have a mold allergy?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 9:00 AM
Sensitivity to mold is similar to pollen allergies and affects both adults and children. While allergies associated with outdoor mold spores peak in warm weather, indoor mold can pose problems year round. Mold is another name for fungi – unsightly patches of brown, black, green, or yellow fuzzy... Read more

Are guns in the home keeping your children safe?

Friday, October 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
Do you think guns in the home make your children safer? It’s usually not the case. Last January, high school student Anthony Krueger locked himself in his room and shot himself under the chin twice after his mother called the police about his drug use. Stories like this highlight that one of... Read more

How to keep your food (and family) safer

Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
For many of us, we’ve only heard about food-borne illness in the news. You may have then checked your jar of peanut butter to make sure it wasn’t recalled and moved on with your day. However, for some, the repercussions of buying the wrong vegetable or cut of meat can literally mean life... Read more

Current vaccine schedule safe, says IOM report

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:00 AM
In light of recent concerns about vaccines, a review of scientific evidence supports the safety of the current vaccination schedule, according to an Institute of Medicine report released today. The federal childhood immunization schedule covers children from birth through age 6 years and protects... Read more

Flu Q&A: How concerned should I be about my child’s risk?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5:45 AM
It’s been a nasty flu season, to say the least. Starting early this winter, it’s dominated by a strain that usually makes people experience more severe symptoms. We asked blog contributor Stephen C. Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A., from Temple University Hospital and a specialist in pediatric infectious... 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
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, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
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
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
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., 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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