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    February 16, 2015
    Probiotics & Kids with Food Allergies

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Are probiotics safe for kids with food allergies? Absolutely! In fact, I especially recommend probiotics for children with allergies because some studies have shown that pro…

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    February 16, 2015
    Probiotics for Breastfeeding Moms & Babies

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: I’m a big fan of nursing moms taking probiotics because many studies have shown benefits to babies’ immune systems. Most of these studies have used a strain of p…

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    January 25, 2015
    Is MiraLAX Safe for Children?

    In the small print on the side of a bottle of MiraLAX, you’ll learn that it’s recommended by the manufacturer only for people 17 years of age and older and that it should be used for no more than …

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    January 19, 2015
    Does my child have a concussion?

    A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head (or to another part of the body that jolts the head). Two members of my immediate family have had concussions in the last 3 months. …

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    December 10, 2014
    My daughter has calcium oxalate crystals in her urine? What should I do?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: If your daughter was dehydrated at the time of the test, this could have caused the calcium oxalate crystals – but if they are found again it’s worth paying a bit of att…

    Child in a hospital being given a breathing treatment.
    September 24, 2014
    Do not “take two aspirins and call me in the morning”: The story of Enterovirus D68

    The story began on August 19, 2014 when a children’s hospital in Kansas City notified the CDC that almost two-dozen children had been admitted to the hospital with a severe respiratory illness. Four…

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    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

    Mosquito Bite Reaction
    September 18, 2014
    Preventing and Treating Severe Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Many kids (including my daughter Claire) develop large local reactions to mosquito bites – charmingly called Skeeter Syndrome. It’s a reaction to proteins in mosquit…

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    September 5, 2014
    TEDx Berkeley: Why Be Normal

    I can virtually guarantee you, somebody you love has this problem — high blood pressure. 1 in 3 people in the United States has high blood pressure and it tends to be even higher in developing c…

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    August 13, 2014
    From the Kitchen to the Bedroom

    Today’s parents need to know. New information has recently been uncovered about an important link: the link between kids’ sleep quality and obesity. The link is more profound and more specific tha…

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    August 1, 2014
    Stinger Zinger

    Get ready for an interesting bee season! All the way back in the summer of 1997 we had a noticeable spike in questions at DrGreene.com about severe mosquito bite reactions and severe headaches, most o…

    Peacefully Sleeping Toddler
    June 7, 2014
    You Are What You Sleep

    How your children sleep may change their body composition – their lean body mass, total body fat, abdominal fat, and waist and hip circumference. A fascinating new study showed tight links between k…

    The Sweetness of Breast Milk vs Formula
    May 27, 2014
    Should Infant Formula Be Sweetened: Mother (Nature) Knows Best

    Breast milk is a marvelous, complex whole food, perfect for growing babies. The composition of breast milk varies from month to month, from day to day, and even within a single feeding. But whenever i…

    I Was Wrong About the Environment
    May 3, 2014
    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide aga…

    Its Hard to Say Goodbye
    January 21, 2014
    It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

    Today we say goodbye to a very dear friend. No, she’s not “gone”, but she is leaving the DrGreene.com Team after fourteen years and we couldn’t let her move-on to the next phase of her life wi…

    Ice Packs Warm Compresses
    November 28, 2013
    Ice Packs vs. Warm Compresses After Injury

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Great question. Many parents and teachers ask the same question. Below is an explanation of how cold and warmth work with the body. I hope this will help you understand when…

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    October 17, 2013
    The Straight Scoop on Grains

    What popular kids’ food starts to turn to sugar in their mouth and becomes 100% glucose by the time it’s absorbed? You guessed it, processed white flour. But here’s the surprising ki…

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    September 12, 2013
    Childhood Diseases: What You Can Do to Change The Odds in Your Child’s Favor

    When I was a kid, none of my peers had type 2 diabetes. I didn’t know anyone with a life-threatening peanut allergy. The label ADHD was rarely used. Today more kids will live with a chronic medi…

    Dr. Alan Greene discussing how to get the most from gluten-free
    August 21, 2013
    Get the Goods on Gluten-Free

    There’s been lots of news (and a good deal of misinformation) about gluten, and in particular the benefits of gluten-free products. As with fat-free, sugar-free, sodium-free, etc. almost always …

    Dr. Greene discusses how to solve your toddler's sleep problems
    August 7, 2013
    Why toddlers have sleep issues, and how to solve them

    As your baby becomes a toddler, chances are they will give you some sleepless nights. In this week’s post I’ve got your solution. But first a little fun fact. Strange but true: whether or …