Rima Himelstein, For The Inquirer

Adolescent Medicine Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System

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Firearm deaths among U.S. children have increased. Preventing gun violence must start at home. | Opinion

According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 19,000 Americans lost their lives due to gun violence in 2020, up 25% from the year before.

Weight gain is more common during the pandemic. Here’s how to talk to your teen about it. | Expert Opinion

A parent should avoid negative comments made about his or her own body weight. Weight talk, or encouraging a child to lose weight, should also be avoided.

Q&A: What do parents need to know about teens’ mind-set and COVID-19?

If teens test positive for COVID-19, whatever semblance of normality they have, such as after-school sports, vanishes instantly. But for typical teenagers, “temporary” is not in their mindset.

How parents can help their teens get more sleep | Expert Opinion

To encourage good sleep habits, help your teen develop a sleep routine, like unwinding before bed by reading or listening to music. Then shhhh! The bedroom should be quiet.

COVID-19 quarantine is an emotional tipping point for teens | Expert Opinion

Teens are missing opportunities to work on the critical tasks that help them mature emotionally.

How to talk to your children about puberty — in language they will understand | Expert Opinion

Calling all parents of tweens: Due to COVID-19, the usual Puberty Curriculum taught by elementary school teachers is now on your “to do” list.

How do I have ‘the talk’ with my teen? A pediatrician offers advice | Expert Opinion

Beginning at age 8 or 9, let the talk begin. You can’t go wrong with discussing the changes of puberty before they happen. When they begin puberty and their bodies are changing, it’s time to dive into the deep end.

Connecting with teens through telehealth | Expert Opinion

Talk about irony. As physicians we have been asking our teens to limit their screen time. Now, due to COVID-19, we are asking them to have their medical appointments via telehealth video visits.

The body dysmorphic disorder that’s affecting teen boys, and what to do about it

Driven by the fear of not being muscular enough, individuals with MDD exercise compulsively, restrict their diets, take protein and other supplements, and even use performance-enhancing drugs or steroids.

A safe way to prevent HIV in high risk teens

Everyone should know about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medication given to prevent HIV infection in individuals who are at increased risk for getting HIV.