With temperatures plummeting during the winter, many families around the country will use fireplaces to help heat their homes. While fireplaces, whether wood-burning, gas, or electric, can be a source of warmth in a home, they also pose a potential safety risk to children. Fireplace dangers for children Fireplaces pose a potential risk of burns […]


DRESSING FOR COLDER WEATHER Dr. Yael Smiley answers common questions for parents with young children about dressing for colder weather. Winter is here, and it is so vital for parents to take the necessary measures to keep their kids safe and warm. Yael Smiley, MD, a pediatrician and medical director of the Healthy Generations Program […]


With summer just around the corner, it is important to know how to treat poison ivy and poison oak rashes in kids. The best prevention is to teach your children how to recognize poisonous plants and stay away from them. The American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Pediatrics offer information on how to identify these plants and […]

Playing Outside in the Yard: 8 Tips to Keep it Fun & Safe for Kids

Do you have a backyard or other outdoor space at home where your kids play? Follow these tips to help keep them safe while they’re having fun. 1. Keep little ones close Make sure you (or another adult) are watching closely so younger children don’t wander off or up the swingset alone or play near the […]

Is It a Cold or an Allergy? Should You Call Your Primary Care Provider?

Juhee Lee, MD, an attending physician with the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), offers guidance to parents on:  Recognizing the symptoms of different conditions that cause nasal congestion When to call your primary care provider What specialists can help Your child has a runny nose and a headache. You […]

Limits for Little Ones

Babies and toddlers have big feelings that they can’t always control. When they have tantrums and “act up,” they’re often showing you they are overwhelmed by their feelings and need support. To develop self-control, young children need limits they can understand. This takes time and is something they learn gradually. In fact, many adults still […]

5 Ways to Support Preschooler’s Social–Emotional Learning at Home and in School

Here are some ways that adults can support children’s understanding of emotions and developing and use social emotional skills: 1. Give explicit instructions. You can ask children directly to demonstrate their social-emotional learning skills through certain prompts and activities. For instance, you can show children different picture cards of emotional expressions and teach them the […]

Should my family travel during COVID-19?

Should my family travel during COVID-19? For many families, vacations are a time to see relatives, relax and spend time together. When coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first began to spread, many people canceled their existing travel plans. But now, as families try to navigate their  “new normal,” some are wondering if they can plan any type of […]