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Archive: March, 2013

ADHD drugs should not be prescribed to help kids study

Friday, March 29, 2013, 9:20 AM
Prescribing drugs solely to boost thinking and memory functions in children and adolescents who do not have neurologic disorders should never occur. Practitioners should not let parents or patients bully them into prescribing stimulants and other psychoactive substances to improve academic performance... Read more

Five Free Apps to Make Healthy Eating Easier

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:21 AM
If you’re like me and your iPhone (or Android) is rarely outside of arm’s reach, you should keep reading. Nutrition apps have exploded onto the digital scene over the last few years. From calorie counting to countless recipes, there are hundreds of options that promise to make your... Read more

Many moms introducing solids too soon

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
When should an infant get solid food? For over 20 years, we have been saying after four months. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed that to a recommendation that an infant should get nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, or infant formula if breast milk is... Read more

Healthy Easter basket ideas for your child

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 9:19 AM
It’s springtime! If your family celebrates Easter, you may end up with a basket of candy as big as a Halloween pumpkin. If you want to avoid the sugar rush this year, there is still plenty of time to make a healthy Easter basket swap. Melanie Savoca, a registered dietitian at Children’s... Read more

How do you make a superfood even better?

Monday, March 25, 2013, 10:06 AM
How do you make spinach, a superfood, more super? Pair it with a food high in vitamin C like an orange, berries, or peppers to make its nutrients easier for your body to absorb. March is National Nutrition Month so all month long CHOP's trusted dietician Beth Wallace will be sharing her top tips... Read more

Teen athletes and performance-enhancing drugs: a lose-lose situation

Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:42 AM
Name the sport and it likely has a famous athlete who’s used performance enhancement drugs to win big. Now, with the recent headlines involving Lance Armstrong and doping, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to our kids about what’s right and what’s wrong. Win or no win... Read more

FDA issues a warning for commonly used antibiotic

Friday, March 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Azithromycin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, could potentially cause a fatal irregular heart rhythm in some patients, the Food and Drug Administration warned last week. This warning will now be reflected on the drug’s label which is known as Zithromax, Zmax or as a "Z-Pack." The drug... Read more

Creating a balanced meal for your family

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:53 AM
At mealtime, create a balanced meal by including foods from at least three different food groups: healthy whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. March is National Nutrition Month so all month long CHOP's trusted dietician Beth Wallace will be sharing her top tips for... Read more

Does my child need help losing weight?

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
We welcome Lauren Falini, a bariatric exercise physiologist at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in the weight management program, as a new regular contributor to the Healthy Kids blog. She specializes in fitness testing and exercise prescription for adolescents receiving weight loss... Read more

Is your family getting enough veggies?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 1:15 PM
Be portion size wise to make sure you are getting enough vegetables. One serving size is equal to 1 cup of raw, or 1/2 cup of cooked veggies. Be sure to aim for 4-5 servings a day! March is National Nutrition Month so all month long CHOP's trusted dietician Beth Wallace will be sharing her top... 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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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.
Magee DeFelice, M.D. 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
Emiliano Tatar, M.D. Pediatrician at Einstein Healthcare Network Roxborough Plaza
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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