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Archive: February, 2013

New guidelines for treating ear infections

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics did not issue any radical new ideas on preventing middle ear infections in children in a new report released yesterday, they did emphasize three issues, two of which were lifestyle issues. - Breastfed babies simply get less middle ear infections... Read more

When a teen feels suicide is “the only way out”

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 11:27 AM
Maybe you and your teen heard the news report earlier this month about the 22-year-old who jumped to her death from the George Washington Bridge in New York. It’s not an easy thing to talk about … but we have to talk about it if we are going to prevent it. The numbers are staggering:... Read more

Parents less likely to recognize if their child has a weight problem

Monday, February 25, 2013, 11:20 AM
As parents, we often don’t like to admit when our kids have a problem, and a new poll confirms that usually happens when it comes to them being overweight. According to their parents, 15 percent of children are a little or very overweight, while national data suggest more than twice as many... Read more

Teen depression: Not just a phase they will outgrow

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
This is the first in an ongoing series that will examine mental illness in teens. Blog contributor Rima Himelstein, M.D., a Crozer-Keystone Health System pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, opens the series with how to recognize signs of depression in teens. In the following weeks, we'll... Read more

Let's get kids moving!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger Lauren Falini, BS, is an exercise physiologist in the division of weight management at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, De. Fifty years ago physical activity was just part of daily life. It didn’t need to be planned, or even thought about. That... Read more

Eight ways to keep kids heart healthy

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 5:00 AM
Today’s guest blogger is Frances Zappalla, D.O., a pediatric cardiologist at the Nemours Cardiac Center at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, De. We often think of heart disease as an adult condition, but heart disease starts in childhood. Teens, preteens and even... Read more

The best way to treat traumatized kids still not clear

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
What type of treatments help kids who have witnessed shootings, been caught in a storm, or who have been abused themselves? What treatments help kids cope with a serious illness? What treatments have serious side effects? Therapists deal with these issues every day and desperately need help in... Read more

Keeping kids with food allergies safe on Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 9:24 AM
Valentine’s Day usually means celebrations and exchanges with chocolate and other treats, and marks a popular time for parties and dates involving food. While it’s tempting to just dig in, children and teens with food allergies need to be aware that many of these foods contain common... Read more

Can giving babies solids sooner prevent food allergies?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6:05 AM
Rice cereal first and then vegetables? What about fruit? I get these questions often from my patients. The timing of when to introduce solid foods to infants can be confusing for parents, and the recommendations can vary slightly from doctor to doctor. The research is ongoing, but there is a... Read more

Is it an ear infection or ear ache?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9:00 AM
What exactly is an ear infection? Doctors are not always as precise in their language as they should be and this has lead to many different kinds of diseases being called “ear infections.” An outer ear canal infection occurs when water that is too alkaline gets into the outer ear... 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
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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