Dr. Greene’s Blog

    Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

    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…

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    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…

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    September 5, 2014
    The Berkeley Project: 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…

    Young girl sleeping in a colorful crib with the lights on
    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 speci…

    Close-up of a bee on a bright yellow flower
    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…

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    November 13, 2013
    Skin to Skin Contact with Your Premature Baby

    When you find out you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is plan for a less than ideal birth. You want to share 40 weeks of blissful pregnancy, followed by a four hour labor and five min…

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    November 1, 2013
    Easy Ways to Increase Healthy Omega-3s in Your Child’s Diet

    When MsGreene was pregnant with my youngest in 1995, she craved tuna sandwiches. She could tell you where there was a good one within a mile of just about anywhere we normally visited. Later studies …

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    October 24, 2013
    Let’s Talk Dirty… Diapers

    There is no one right answer about your baby’s poop frequency, color, smell, and texture. Your baby’s poop is going to change over time and will be different depending on diet — brea…

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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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    October 10, 2013
    Two Practical Tips to Help You (and Your Baby) Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep

    It’s shocking how little sleep most people get. It’s the trend in today’s busy, electronic, always-on culture. It’s almost a badge of honor. But it’s not healthy for anyone. …

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    October 3, 2013
    How to Prevent and Treat Tonsil Stones

    When I was a child, it was commonplace to remove tonsils. The thinking of the day was that tonsils didn’t serve much of a purpose. Much like the thinking of the day about the appendix. Now we kn…

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    September 26, 2013
    From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?

    Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there’s even a name for it – neophobia o…

    Probiotics
    September 19, 2013
    Probiotics

    My child has lots of food allergies, is it safe to give them probiotics? Are probiotics safe for kids with food allergies? Absolutely! In fact, I especially recommend probiotics for children with alle…

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    September 18, 2013
    How Vitamins, Sunshine and Antibiotics Have Changed Things for Your Kids

    I grew up eating very different food than my children eat. I’m not just talking about different items on the menu, but an apples-to-apples comparison of the same foods shows a substantial differ…

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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 explains how to solve night terrors in children
    September 5, 2013
    Solving night terrors lickety-split

    We’ve come upon a great solution for night terrors in my house (OK, my wife actually came up with it :) that worked with our son and thousands of others. If you’ve ever run in to this with…