…cost and storage capacity. Vaccines in multi-dose vials are more likely to contain thimerosal as a preservative. Immunizations save lives Immunizations remain one of the greatest discoveries in human history, having saved innumerable lives and prevented measureless suffering. Available vaccines continue to be improved, and vaccine schedules continue to be refined. I strongly support the immunization of children and I agree with US Surgeon General…

…ed with those who didn’t. This was true to all vaccine types tested. Even after booster shots later on (at 4 and 6 months, for example), the lower antibody concentrations existed in the group that originally got the Tylenol for 3 different vaccines. Powerful stuff. The fact is, fever is a common and expected response after immunizations and shots. Tylenol will help prevent fever in some, but may also prevent the desired immune response. Thi…

…ontinue to have measles epidemics. Mexican resolve has resulted in similar dramatic success with other important immunizations. I’m all for yearly re-evaluation of whether or not the benefits of each vaccine outweigh the current risks. I’m all for reformulating vaccines to make them as safe as possible. But it is refreshing to set these questions against the backdrop of the immense boon immunizations have been, and continue to be, to…

…ad has to leave, he or she can take one of the photo albums along. During future phone calls, they can turn to a page and ask your child to look at the same page. Your spouse can use the picture to remind your child of the wonderful times they’ve had together. This will help him believe that you will all have more wonderful times together in the future. It will also be very comforting to your child to know that he is looking at the same thi…

…tory together. What can you do to get involved? The first step is to go to http://Ez.com/WhiteOut and “like” the page.  That’s a start. Then tell two friends about the campaign and ask them to “like” the page and tell two other friends. Every individual makes a difference. Together we can change 50 years of tradition in just one year and change the trajectory of kids health for all future generations. Support real food for babies. Get an official…

…ist of action steps to help you get started. GirlsHealth.Gov for Parents: An extension of WomensHealth.gov, this page contains additional suggestions for setting an example. American Psychological Association’s Report on the Sexualization of Girls: Provides helpful background on the power of media in girls’ lives.  h KidsHealth.org from Nemours – Eating Disorders Page: A youth-focused overview of eating disorder causes, effects, warning signs, an…

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…e wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below. (Natasha’s treatise, page 1) Her three older siblings got cell phones in middle school, when they began to routinely go places without us. But Natasha (who just finished 4th grade) wants one now. So she put together a treatise (you can’t tell from the picture, but it was on really big paper) about why she needs one. The truth is, she doesn’t need one. She…

…o do so and your child will pick the signs up quickly. 3. Make it fun. If your toddler wants to flip through the pages quickly to find their favorite page, go ahead and spend time talking about what interests them most. Try signing when you’re laughing and playing, your baby takes note of what you’re doing and is encouraged to chime in. 4. Encourage participation. Pointing, page turning, and talking about the book, not just the written words are…

Walk into any coffee shop in New York City (or around the country, really), and the odds are good that you will see one or more toddlers happily playing with a smartphone or tablet computer. With complete ease, they tap on icons, flip from one page to the next, and interact with characters on the screen. Plenty of parents suspect their 2-year-old is better at using technology than they are. In part because electronic devices are so easy to use,…

…When Dad has to leave, he can take one of the photo albums with him. During future phone calls he can turn to a page and ask your son to look at the same page. Your husband can use the picture to remind his son of the wonderful times they’ve had together. This will help him believe that you will all have more wonderful times together in the future. It will also be very comforting to your son to know that he is looking at the same thing Dad…

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Some background on JSK: Thanks to Cheryl Greene, I’ll be sharing some personal perspectives on health this week with you here on DrGreene.com. I’d already felt a part of the Dr. Greene family due to my own use of the portal back in the mid-1990s after becoming a new mother with countless questions about what-to-do-with-a-new-baby. So this invitation to share here was most welcome! My professional lens is as a health economist with THINK-Health,…

…sed. Currently, most adults and teens are susceptible because the protective effect of their childhood pertussis immunizations has waned. To address this problem, it is now recommended that all teens receive a booster vaccine at 11-18 years of age (preferably between 11-12 years). Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begins to disappear when they are toddlers. After the 4th imm…

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is defined as the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of any infant or young child. SIDS accounts for about half of the deaths that occur between one month and one year of age. Genetics plays a large role. SIDS is more common in boys than in girls, and it is more common in some population groups (Black, Native American, Hawaiian, Filipino, Maori). Most of the affected infants have damaged or immature…

Many parents opt to wait on ear piercing until a child is able to make the decision for herself (or himself). Some parents find it desirable for their children to have pierced ears as babies. But how early is too early? I am a fan of waiting at least a bit for ear piercing. My reason? Tetanus. Even though tetanus is not very common (thanks to immunizations), the tetanus bacteria is everywhere. It usually enters the body through puncture wounds….

Dr.Greene’s Answer: A beautiful little girl was perfectly healthy until 3 days following her DPT injection when she developed a high fever, screaming, and convulsions. After the episode subsided, this little girl was left with permanent brain damage. Television specials featuring the tragic story of a child with severe neurologic damage following a DPT injection are a vivid warning to take new medical technologies seriously. However, these…

Related concepts: SIDS Introduction to SIDS: Everything dear to us causes pain. Becoming a parent opens up new landscapes within us: new hopes, fears, delights, and sorrows. There is no magic moment when you will stop worrying. Sometimes, even when we do everything right, babies die. The fragility and unpredictability of life underscore how precious each life is. What is SIDS? SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is defined as the sudden, une…

…a prone position. The rate of SIDS is also higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Putting children to sleep on their backs lowers the risk of SIDS by about three times. Use firm bedding in a slightly cool room. Avoid cigarette smoke, and even anything that smells like cigarette smoke. Take your baby in for regular well-child visits and immunizations. There is some evidence to support that breastfeedin…