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Archive: May, 2012

The danger lurking inside your remote

Thursday, May 31, 2012, 1:16 PM
You’d never leave spare change lying around within reach of a baby, toddler or little kid. But a new study says that button batteries pose an even bigger health threat to young children – and they’re easily accessible inside TV remote controls and other devices. Battery-related emergency... Read more

Healthy family barbecues: 101

Monday, May 28, 2012, 4:35 PM
By Beth Wallace R.D. With the temperatures heating up and the sun shining long into the evening, we know it's time to fire up the grill. Summer is my favorite season for eating — with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, the options for healthy meals are endless. And with the start of summer... Read more

Protecting kids from diabetes

Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:18 PM
Bad news from America’s “diabesity” epidemic: A new report says that the number of teens with diabetes or prediabetes more than doubled between 1999 and 2008 – from 9 percent to 23 percent. That’s nearly one in four kids. And it doesn’t include another group worth... Read more

Coping with ear infections

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:40 AM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. It’s a creepy-crawly fact: Humans have 10 times the number of bacteria in our bodies than we have human cells. In some sense, that makes each of us just 9 percent human. These bacteria exist in symbiosis (Greek for “living together”) with us. They’re... Read more

Healthy Kids Minute: Coping with food allergies

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 11:09 AM
The CDC estimates that 4 million children in the U.S. suffer from some form of food allergy, up from 2.5 million a decade ago. Most common allergens are eggs, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shell fish. This week's segment of the Healthy Kids Minute offers some precautions to follow... Read more

Girls, sports and concussions

Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 5:38 AM
Girls have a higher risk for concussions than boys who play the same sport – and a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine says female athletes also have more symptoms and take longer to bounce back from these head injuries than boys. So do younger girls compared to older girls. The... Read more

Suddenly, breastfeeding is everywhere!

Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:01 PM
With the coverage we have given breastfeeding in this blog, we couldn’t not comment on the recent TIME magazine cover showing a mother nursing her 3-year-old son. The headline: Are You Mom Enough?”. The photo and article have generated lots of discussion, pro and con, about long-term... Read more

A parent's guide to rewards, bribes and extortion

Friday, May 18, 2012, 2:54 PM
by W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Frequently as part of my practice I will recommend that a parent set up a reward system at home to increase desirable behaviors such as cleaning up a room, doing homework or getting ready for school on time. Inevitably, a parent will tell me that they do not want to bribe... Read more

Four tough “jobs” teens face

Friday, May 18, 2012, 12:43 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. When people discover that I am a doctor for teenagers, they frequently look at me with disbelief. How could I willingly spend my entire day in the company of teenagers? Easily — because with teenagers, there’s never a dull moment. Adolescence comes from the Latin... Read more

Protecting kids from fatal falls

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:43 PM
Over 2 million kids, ages 14 and younger, show up in hospital emergency rooms each year with fall-related injuries. Kids tumble down stairs, fall off playground equipment, take spills from bikes, scooters and skateboards – or fall out windows. About 80 die. While fall-related deaths among kids... 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, 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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