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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:00 AM
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Today’s guest blogger is R. Rao Gogineni,M.D,, head of the division of child & adolescent psychiatry, at Cooper University Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Depression in adolescents has gotten needed attention from the scientific community only in the last two decades. The chance of being afflicted with depression is about 10 percent in a lifetime. Twice as many girls as boys struggle with depression. 

What we’ve also found is that other mental illnesses often times accompany teen depression, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) ,eating disorders, substance use disorders and conduct disorders.

POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 11:55 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

This recall involves about 12,000 Pottery Barn Kids Sweet Lambie Bumpers manufactured from April 2009 through July 2012. The cotton bumpers are padded and fit standard cribs. Lambs in grass and lambs with trees are embroidered on the interior and exterior of the bumpers.

They were available in the colors pink, blue and ivory/oatmeal. Model number “708859,” “708917” or “7988348” and “Sweet Lambie Bumper” appear on a tag fastened to the bottom edge of the bumpers.

Pottery Barn has received two reports of the decorative stitching coming loose and entangling children, including reports of the thread wrapping around a child’s neck. No serious injuries have been reported.

POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 11:01 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

H&M reannounces a recall of 2,900 children's water bottles.  About 200 bottles were sold after the first recall in September 2012. The water bottle's spout can break off, posing a choking hazard to children.

H&M has received one report of an incident in England of the water bottle spout breaking off in a child's mouth as the child was drinking from the bottle. No injuries have been reported.

For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
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Before you rush out to get these vitamins for your kids suffering from allergies, what you should know is that there isn’t much clinical evidence which demonstrates vitamins having a significant impact on allergies.

Some preliminary studies do suggest that certain vitamins may have effects on our immune systems, but we have to be careful not to be too eager to make the leap from what goes on in the lab to what happens in patients. The true effect of these substances in patients needs to be demonstrated using well designed, peer reviewed and reproducible clinical trials.

Here’s one example: In the 1960s, Linus Pauling, the famous chemist, became convinced that vitamin C could prevent the common cold. He advocated taking three grams of vitamin C every day for this purpose. He also promoted it as a cancer therapy, even writing a book about its curative properties. Later, rigorous clinical trials showed vitamin C had no effect in preventing colds or treating cancer. Yet even today, the notion persists that vitamin C will help to “ward off” a cold. The same is true of zinc. People swear it keeps them from getting a cold, yet there is no conclusive evidence that taking zinc benefits a cold or other immune system conditions.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3:54 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Vive La Fete recalled about 710  two-piece children’s pajamas sets because they failed to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children.

Style numbers involved in the recall are HSH158BPL and HSH159BPL. No injuries have been reported. For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.


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POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Fitness | Lauren Falini | Tips
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With the summer months approaching, children and their parents are looking forward to long warm days playing in the sun. There are a myriad of outdoor activities that can keep kids busy such as sports in the backyard, summer camps, the pool, and long bike rides.

A recent article by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses concerns that we should have about outside activities for children during the warmest time of the year. It is very important for children to play outside and be physically active throughout the summer, and you can do this by planning your child’s day to keep them safe from the sun and heat.

Here are five easy steps for safe and fun play in the sun:

  1. Prevent sunburn: The best form of protection against sunburn is to cover up as much as possible, wear a hat to shade your face and sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection. Stay in the shade when possible especially between 10 am to 4 pm when the sun is at its brightest. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen even on cloudy days. Sun screen must be SPF 15 or greater and reapplied every two hour.
  2. Dress for the sun: Wear light weight clothes that are light colors. This will help your child stay cool. Your child should only be dressed in one layer, so if they sweat the sweat can evaporate. Moisture wicking clothes are a great choice.
  3. Prevent dehydration: Let your child drink as much water as they want before you go outside. They should not go outside thirsty or begin any physical activity in the heat when they are thirsty. Make sure they take a water bottle with them when they go outside.
  4. Take breaks: Tell your child to take a break every 20 minutes. It does not have to be a long break, but a few minutes to get a drink and catch their breath. If it is really hot out or they are really sweating, take a break every 15-20 minutes.
  5. Watch for signs of overheating or dehydration: If your child complains of stomach or head pains, it could be a sign that your child is too hot or dehydrated. You should take your child to a cool place indoors with air conditioning if possible. Find some shade if that is not possible. Then give your child water to drink, and take some time to cool down.
POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Health Hazards

Today’s guest blogger is Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FACMT, emergency medicine attending physician and medical director of the Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and associate professor of pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. For updates and more information, go to Poison Control Center’s Facebook page.

Ingestion of torch fuels, often used in the summertime to fuel patio torches or decorative candles, can lead to severe injury. The good news is that you can prevent this predictable summertime hazard before this year’s celebrations of the unofficial start to summer – the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Already in May, The Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has taken five calls about potentially toxic exposures to these lamp oils. Two toddlers were hospitalized, one in an intensive care unit; and one adult drank some of the oil by mistake. The other two cases involved children playing with the bottle, which led to spilling or splashing the contents on the skin and face.

POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:53 AM
Filed Under: Beth Wallace | Nutrition
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There are two times of the year that children gain the most weight in my professional experience.  The first is during the holiday season, and perhaps surprisingly, the second is during the summer.  A combination of these factors could lead to weight gain – a lack of structure in their day without school, being more responsible for feeding themselves, and social celebrations from graduation parties to vacations almost every weekend.

While I definitely do not discourage families from enjoying less healthy options on special occasions, you also need to realize that not every barbecue can be treated as a “special occasion” for food choices when your social calendar is packed every weekend.

With Memorial Day being the unofficial kick-off to summertime, I thought it would be good time to share a few tips on how you can lighten up some of your summertime party staples.

  • Main Dish Makeover - Instead of the standard hot dogs and burgers, lighten up your meat selection with chicken breasts.  Naturally lower in fat and an excellent source of protein, they are still satisfying and pack big party flavor with a balsamic marinade or barbecue sauce.
  • Side Dish - A barbecue isn’t a party at my house with some sort of pasta salad.  Instead of a mayonnaise based dish, change up the flavor by adding some cubed avocado for a creamy dose of hearty healthy omega-3 fats.  Maximize the nutrition by switching to whole wheat or “white wheat,” fiber rich pastas and add as many diced, colorful summer vegetables as you can find.
  • Grilled Salad - I bet that if you put a green salad out on the picnic table, 75 percent of it would still there at the end of the party.  Make those veggies much more enticing by making a grilled salad:  Place a head of romaine lettuce cut in quarters, cherry tomato halves, sliced red onion, sliced peppers, and summer squash onto foil.  Drizzle with olive oil and grill on the top rack for ten minutes, turning vegetables after five minutes.  Drizzle your favorite vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.
  • Summertime Cooler - Toss the sugary drinks aside and make a Pineapple Cooler.   Mix 1/3 of pineapple juice with 2/3 sparkling water for a refreshing flavor, without all of the added sugar.  Having a party?  Try an iced tea bar:  Make a large container of unsweetened iced tea, and have sliced fruits like peaches, raspberries, lemons, and blackberries for added flavor. 
  • Frozen Treat - Swap your popsicles and water ice for frozen Greek yogurt.  Blend 12 ounces of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt with 1 cup of your favorite berries, and put into popsicle molds or an ice cream cooler.  Delicious, nutritious, and packed with protein and vitamins. 
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
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
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, RD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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