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Archive: November, 2012

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

Deadly Sleep Positioners

Monday, November 26, 2012, 3:20 PM
By Sari Harrar Infant sleep positioners (ISPs) promise to reduce risk for sudden infant death, prevent “flat heads” in babies who would otherwise sleep on their backs, and “keep baby safer and cooler.” But a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says these devices... Read more

1 in 6: Your Risk for Food Poisoning

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 1:08 PM
Is it just me, or is anyone else surprised that it’s time to thaw a turkey? Ready or not, it’s time for everyone’s favorite food-filled holiday. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to share some time with those special to us and over a beautiful meal. But if yours is anything... 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

10 Ways to Entice a Screen-loving Kid to Get Moving

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 3:18 PM
By Frances Zappalla, DO After reading a recent study released in Pediatrics that looks at mounting research showing that a child's media use may be linked to their body weight, we decided to call in a top doc to get some tips on how to combat the growing problem. Here, Dr. Zapalla shares her top 10... Read more

Talking to Kids Scared by Superstorm Sandy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 3:38 PM
By Garry A. Emmett, M.D., F.A.A.P. I can blog again now that my married children and their families are out of my apartment in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy -- with one family back in Hoboken and one family finishing their travels on working airplanes! My granddaughter, Rachel, is 2 ½... Read more

Teenz need to catch more ZZZs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11:39 AM
By Rima Himelstein, M.D. It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning … and, yes, I do know where my children are. They’re sleeping, just like we used to do when we were teenagers. But do they really need this extra sleep … or should I wake them up? According to the National Sleep... 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
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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