Dr. Greene's Blog

  • Tips for Managing Back-To-Back Kids

    Tips for Managing Back-To-Back Kids

    As parents, it is only natural to want to continue to give your first child all the attention you have been giving him, plus give your new baby the special attention you gave to your first child. That is not possible. After your second child is born, you will probably not have the time or […]

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  • A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    There are a surprising number of different types of diaper rashes (that respond best to different types of treatments). Skin wetness is the common denominator underlying these various causes of diaper rash. Wetness from urine increases skin friction, raises the skin pH, makes the skin less cohesive, and makes it more permeable. These effects combine […]

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  • Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Fast Facts about Precocious Puberty

    Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of true puberty before 8 years of age in girls or 9 years of age in boys. (Boepple, et al. Endocrinology, Surgery, and Technology, Vol 1, 1996)

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  • Fast Facts about Thumb Sucking

    Fast Facts about Thumb Sucking

    Children who suck their thumbs are able to begin at an early age to meet their own need for sucking. These children fall asleep more easily, are able to put themselves back to sleep at night more easily, and sleep through the night much earlier than infants who do not suck their thumbs.

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  • Revolutionary Test for Early Detection of Autism

    Revolutionary Test for Early Detection of Autism

    Researchers at Cambridge University have found a relatively easy and early way to detect autism. Although autism has its subtle beginnings during infancy, the diagnosis is rarely made before three years of age (and usually autism is discovered even later than that). Since treatment is more effective the earlier it is begun, the possibility of […]

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  • When Time Away From Baby Can’t Be Avoided - Follow Up

    When Time Away From Baby Can’t Be Avoided – Follow Up

    Several of our readers have expressed concern for Nancy Cefalu and her family. We received a letter from her and are reprinting it with her permission . . .

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  • Tips for Helping Children Deal with Temporary Separation

    Tips for Helping Young Children Deal with Temporary Separations

    From the time that we begin to let ourselves believe that a positive pregnancy test could actually mean that we are going to be parents, or we receive that first darling photo from an adoption agency, we begin to fall in love with that incredible new little person. Conversely, that adorable (and sometimes, not so […]

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  • Fast Facts about RSV

    Fast Facts about RSV

    RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is the most important respiratory organism of early childhood. RSV occurs throughout the world, and in each location it tends to occur in yearly winter outbreaks. In the northern hemisphere the peak of the epidemic is usually in January, February, or March, although in some years it may begin earlier […]

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  • Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean

    Unusual Breath Odors and What They Mean

    In children, smelly breath that persists throughout the day is most often the result of mouth-breathing, which dries out the mouth and allows the bacteria to grow. Children who consistently breathe through their mouths might have colds, sinus infections, allergies, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids blocking the nasal passages, so a visit to the pediatrician […]

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  • Fast Facts about Ear Infections

    Fast Facts about Ear Infections

    Since ear infections are the most common diagnosis in pediatrics, it is worthwhile for a parent to learn to become a Sherlock Holmes — able to notice the clues and suspect an ear infection before it becomes advanced. Here are some important things every parent should know about ear infections:

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