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Archive: December, 2012

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

Mono: just one 'kiss'− that’s all it takes

Monday, December 17, 2012, 1:03 PM
By Rima Himelstein One of my patients drove home from college to see me because she was “just not feeling well.” About a month earlier she had a sore throat, which got better, and then came back again. And she needed to sleep a lot− 16 hours a day and she was still exhausted! When... Read more

The top 10 foods nutrition experts won’t feed their kids

Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:07 AM
By Beth Wallace In my quest to make the world of pediatric nutrition less confusing for parents, sometimes the simplest information is left out. Sometimes it seems like all you hear is, “Try this!” or “cook it this way instead.” I know you get a LOT of information about what... Read more

Air quality and how it affects asthma in children

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 12:07 PM
By Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D. A lot of children experience wheezing in response to weather conditions, allergens, air quality and exercise. For those who live in cities and industrial areas, the prevalence of wheezing and asthma increases. Big cities such as Philadelphia have air quality problems... Read more

Tobacco Smoke’s New Danger for Kids

Friday, December 7, 2012, 2:38 PM
By Sari Harrar In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing recently found that kids whose mothers were exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to have behavior problems than kids whose moms avoided tobacco smoke during pregnancy. It... Read more

Little Kids with Adult-Sized Sleep Problems

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3:25 PM
By Sari Harrar Health-threatening snoring and obstructive sleep apnea -- pauses in breathing throughout the night -- aren’t just problems for grown-ups. In a new study, researchers say night-time wake-ups and other clues could help parents get the right diagnosis and help for little kids with... Read more

Making the best of the fast food option

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 3:52 PM
By Beth Wallace Picture this: A mom is rushing to get some holiday shopping done after work before picking the kids up from basketball and ballet. Before she knows it, it’s 6:15, time to leave the mall and get the kids. And those kids will be hungry. What’s a busy mom to do in the middle... Read more

The travails of the female athlete

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 3:35 PM
By Rima Himelstein, M.D. 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... Read more

Are TV Ads Making Kids Fat?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10:21 AM
By Sari Harrar Two amazing statistics from a brand-new University of Missouri-Kansas City study of kids’ reactions to food advertising: - Every year, companies spend more than $10 billion in the US marketing their food and beverages to children - 98% of the food products advertised... 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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