Dr. Greene's Blog

  • 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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  • Does This Child Have An Ear Infection? – Case 1

    Does This Child Have An Ear Infection? – Case 1

    A ten-month-old girl, who had been sleeping through the night, has now been waking up each night for one week. She pulls herself to standing in the crib, and rubs her right ear. She calms quickly when picked up by her parents.

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  • Does This Child Have An Ear Infection? – Case 2

    Does This Child Have An Ear Infection? – Case 2

    A seven-month-old boy has had a cold for three days. Last night he woke up screaming, and remained irritable for several minutes even when he was picked up. He felt hot to the touch. This morning, he seems completely fine.

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  • The Relationship between Sugar and Behavior in Children

    The Relationship between Sugar and Behavior in Children

    The effect of sugar intake on children’s behavior is a hotly debated topic in pediatrics. Parents and educators often contend that sugar and other carbohydrate ingestion can dramatically impact children’s behavior, particularly their activity levels. Physicians, on the other hand, have looked at controlled studies of sugar intake and have not found hypoglycemia or other […]

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