Chubby Babies
    June 11, 2003
    Chubby Babies

    Almost every day I hear from parents or grandparents who are concerned because they feel that the babies they love just aren’t getting enough to eat. They try to coax them to take just a few more ou…

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled
    May 29, 2003
    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    There’s good news and bad news. Dramatically good and dramatically bad. Duke University announced on May 28, 2003 the results of their 5-year randomized study on body fat. Two kinds of body fat accu…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese …

    Organic Lunchbox Challenge
    January 30, 2003
    Organic Lunchbox Challenge

    Students I speak with observe that school food is often either unappetizing (overcooked cafeteria veggies) or unhealthy. Tasty junk food at school has become a magnet for kids across the nation, encou…

    Food Phases
    January 29, 2003
    Food Phases

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kids will often find a food they enjoy and stick with it almost exclusively for a while. Apples and other fruits and vegetables are great choices. The biggest problem from apples …

    Bedtime Battles
    January 29, 2003
    Bedtime Battles

    Dr. Greene's Answer: That can be a tough age for sleeping. If you want to teach kids to stay in their own rooms, there are several steps involved. You want to make his room comfortable for him and mak…

    Throwing Fits
    January 25, 2003
    Throwing Fits

    Dr. Greene's Answer: All kids throw some fits at some time. Those who continue are getting something out of them. It might be attention, coddling, or even just a chance to express rage. Receiving diff…

    Stool Holding
    January 21, 2003
    Stool Holding

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As a result of stool holding, a child's appetite will drop. Kids can withhold stool for a variety of reasons, but one reason is something I call the "DDD cycle"--Discomfort-Dread-…

    Disruptive Behavior
    January 13, 2003
    Disruptive Behavior

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With kids who are disruptive, working on empathy can be very helpful--not telling her what to do, but helping her learn to identify what others are feeling (which can lead to chan…

    Convergent Strabismus
    January 3, 2003
    Convergent Strabismus

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Strabismus is quite common in children, affecting about 1 in 25 kids. Convergent strabismus or esotropia is a condition where the eyes turn slightly in. Often convergent strabismu…

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    January 1, 2003
    Potty Struggles

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The way to move from diaper to potty for most strongly resistant kids is with little tiny steps--especially when there has already been so much emotional energy, pressure, and dis…

    Tonsilitis
    November 4, 2002
    Tonsillitis A-to-Z Guide: Overview, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

    Introduction to tonsillitis: If you look into your child’s throat, you might see what look like small, dimpled, pink golf balls on either side of the throat. These are the tonsils. The tonsils are t…

    Night Mares
    November 2, 2002
    Nightmares: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Bad Dreams Introduction to nightmares: Mommy, I had a bad dream… What are nightmares? Nightmares are unpleasant dreams that awaken a dreamer from sleep. We’ve learned much about …

    Fifth Disease
    October 29, 2002
    Fifth Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to fifth disease: A child with bright red cheeks and a rash on her trunk is sent home from kindergarten. Her teacher is pregnant. Was it best to send the child home? What is fifth disease…

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

    Introduction to depression: Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common -- but fewer than one in five affected children get the help they need…

    Constipation
    October 26, 2002
    Constipation: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see when her diaper is changed. During the diaper years, the stools undergo several change…

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    October 25, 2002
    Concussion: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to concussion: Children’s energetic exploration of life often results in head "bonks.” Fortunately, most of them are not serious. Nevertheless, when we hear the awful thud of a child'…

    Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, Sugar, Fat, and Calcium
    July 11, 2002
    Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, Sugar, Fat, and Calcium

    Parents are often reluctant to let their children drink too much chocolate (or otherwise flavored) milk, concerned that this will give their kids too much sugar or fat. Actually, a glass of flavored m…

    Day Care and Colds -- Good News!
    April 12, 2002
    Day Care and Colds — Good News!

    On average, kids in day care during the first three years of their lives get about twice as many colds as their peers during those years. But each time a child fights off a cold, she develops immunity…

    Imaginary Friends
    March 4, 2002
    Imaginary Friends

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Imaginary friends are very common among children between 3 to 7 years old and usually not a problem – as long as they don't interfere with carrying on normal life. It's best not…