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Archive: April, 2013

It's spring! How can I get my child active outside?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 5:40 AM
Is your child watching TV, playing video games, on their cell phone, or on the internet after school? Do you remember running outside, playing sports, tag, building forts, and jumping over creeks? Is this a memory of your childhood and not your child’s? The weather is getting nice! Now is a... Read more

When teens cut themselves

Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:37 AM
It’s difficult to hide: multiple slash marks on the forearm. Many try to cover-up the painful reminders of a very bad day while some tell me openly all of the details. Either way these are the patients that are amongst the most distressing to me as a doctor and as a mother. And at the same time... Read more

The Land of Nod Recalls Plush Dollies

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
The recall of about 2,500 dolls from the Land of Nod includes plush handmade baby dolls in five styles and colors. The hands on the plush dolls can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. The fabric dolls measure about 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. The dolls are dressed in a one piece... Read more

Children's Apparel Network Recalls Girl's Clothing Sets

Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:48 AM
This recall by Children's Apparel Network involves 9,200 girl’s “Young Hearts” brand three-piece clothing sets. The vest sold with these sets has a belt at the waist that could become snagged or caught in small spaces or vehicle doors and it poses an entanglement hazard. The sets... Read more

Beware of Magnetic Toys

Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:47 AM
Magnetic toys are attractive to everyone. Parents want them for their kids because they’re science-related, encourage creativity, affordable, and can keep them occupied for hours. Kids want them because they are cool. These addictive toys can be used to construct endless shapes and patterns... Read more

Reed and Barton Recalls Gingham Bunny Forks and Spoons

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:21 PM
This Reed and Barton recall involves infant flatware from the Gingham Bunny Flatware Collection, sold three ways; as just the infant feeding spoon, in a fork and spoon set, and in a three-piece set including the infant feeding spoon with a bowl and bib. The flatware is silver-colored, nickel-plated... Read more

The Bipolar Epidemic in children: Too many children getting misdiagnosed?

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:38 AM
The statistic seems alarming. Hospital stays for bipolar disorder among children aged 1 to 17 years increased 434 percent from 1997 to 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently reported. This rise in diagnoses started in the mid-90s when bi-polar disorder for children was heavily... Read more

4 allergy myths debunked

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:55 AM
It’s time to dispel some allergy myths that I often encounter: Hypoallergenic dogs. Is your child allergic to dogs, but really wants one as a pet? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. At some point the notion was put forth, possibly by dog breeders, that certain short-haired... Read more

Where do you get warts from? Not where you'd expect

Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:26 AM
We are always worried about catching diseases from strangers and crowded places. But in the case of common warts, we really need to worry about getting them from our family and friends, according to a study in Pediatrics released online today. Warts on the sole of the foot (plantar warts) and the... Read more

Classic Characters Recalls Infant Froggy Socks

Friday, April 19, 2013, 9:55 AM
Classic Characters recalled 5,000 pairs of infant froggy socks because the stitched knit frog face and feet on the socks can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children. They were sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. No injuries have been reported. Find out more... Read more
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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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