Preventing Swimmer’s Ear
    May 27, 2006
    Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When kids finish swimming and climb out of the water, the water doesn’t climb out of their ear canals. The angle of the ear canals can allow water to sit there for hours, settin…

    Her Ears Are Different!
    September 16, 2004
    Her Ears Are Different!

    Babies hear dramatically different things in their two different ears, according to a startling study published in the September 10, 2004 Science. This could change our understanding of the fundamenta…

    Can She Hear Me?
    October 20, 2003
    Can She Hear Me?

    Most babies with hearing loss are not diagnosed until they are 1½ to 3 years old, unless a routine screening hearing test is done. These simple tests are recommended for all babies. However, about 1 …

    High-dose Amoxicillin
    January 21, 2003
    High-dose Amoxicillin

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The best dose of amoxicillin has changed in recent years. The change to high-dose amoxicillin came because many bacteria were getting partially resistant to it. Rather than switch…

    Deafness
    October 27, 2002
    Deafness: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Hearing loss, Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss Introduction to deafness: In that first golden moment when you gazed at your baby in the delivery room, he was alrea…

    Ear Check Monitor
    June 28, 2001
    EarCheck Monitor

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The EarCheck machine is far more accurate than ear thermometers, but just as easy to use. It slips into the ear, you press a button, the child hears a chirping noise, and within f…

    Flying and Infant Hearing Loss
    January 5, 2001
    Flying and Infant Hearing Loss

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Flying can cause pain in babies’ ears, and it can temporarily reduce hearing, but it is not a cause of permanent hearing loss. The pain results from stretching of the eardrum ca…

    Cotton Swabs and Ear Performations
    December 18, 2000
    Cotton Swabs and Ear Performations

    I heard from a reader about an extremely common practice that most of us have been warned never to do: My wife was cleaning our three-year old daughter's ear with a cotton swab. She turned into the sw…

    Do Earaches need Antibiotics?
    July 4, 2000
    Do Earaches need Antibiotics?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Earaches and ear infections overlap each other, but are not identical. This often causes confusion. An earache is the feeling of pain in the ear. Ear pain can have a number of dif…

    Baby Sign Language
    July 30, 1999
    Baby Sign Language

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Many of the emotional meltdowns children experience between about 9 and 30 months old bubble up from the frustration of not being able to communicate. Their ideas far outstrip the…

    Fast Facts about Huffing
    January 27, 1999
    Fast Facts about Huffing

    "Huffing," or inhaling volatile substances, is becoming increasingly popular among children, especially among 12- to 14-year-olds (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1998;152(8):781--786).…

    What is Swimmer's Ear?
    July 20, 1998
    What is Swimmer’s Ear?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Swimmer's ear is an infection of the skin lining the ear canal. Bacteria normally live on the surface of this skin with no ill effect. If there is a break in the skin's normal bar…

    Does This Child Have An Ear Infection? – Case 1
    March 5, 1996
    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…