Potato Chip Petition
    June 6, 2003
    Potato Chip Petition

    On June 4, 2003 the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a formal petition with the FDA calling for them to take immediate action to require food manufacturers to meet interim safe l…

    The Two Faces of Swimming Pool Chlorine
    June 2, 2003
    The Two Faces of Swimming Pool Chlorine

    Splash! Getting our kids physically active is a top priority for their short and long-term health, and swimming is a wonderful, fun way to do it. Public pools are typically treated with chlorine-based…

    Your Child’s Brain
    March 11, 2003
    Your Child’s Brain

    March 10 to 16 is Brain Awareness Week. One important way to take care of your child’s brain is to protect it from injury. Thankfully, wearing helmets has become common and cool while riding bikes. …

    EPA Report on Children and the Environment (Lead, Tobacco, Asthma, and Mercury)
    February 25, 2003
    EPA Report on Children and the Environment (Lead, Tobacco, Asthma, and Mercury)

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their second report on America’s Children and the Environment on February 24, 2003. Where we have taken decisive action, kids’ health is getting …

    Bubble Baths
    February 8, 2003
    Bubble Baths

    Dr. Greene's Answer: “Avoid bubble baths!” “Bubble baths are unhealthy” “Did you know that bubble baths cause urinary tract infections?” I’ve heard this from doctors, grandparents, neigh…

    Body Burdens
    February 5, 2003
    Body Burdens

    Our drinking water is tested to look for the presence of toxic chemicals. Our air quality is monitored as well. Recently, several important studies have reported the levels of these chemicals in our b…

    Choking Risks
    January 28, 2003
    Choking Risks

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It can take a while for kids to learn to chew (chewing and swallowing is quite complex), but swallowing food whole can be a choking risk. Cheerios can be nice for practice; a sing…

    Car Seat Struggles
    January 26, 2003
    Car Seat Struggles

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Some kids love the car and some definitely do not. Most kids who don't like it in babyhood do outgrow it. There are several reasons that kids might be unhappy in the car. Some fee…

    Crib Safety
    January 25, 2003
    Crib Safety

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As tempting as it may be to put a pretty crib bumper in your baby’s crib, the use of these bumpers should be avoided. These bumpers can suffocate or strangle an infant; and an e…

    Many Prepared Foods Contain Unacceptable Levels of Acrylamide
    December 4, 2002
    Many Prepared Foods Contain Unacceptable Levels of Acrylamide

    On December 4, 2002 the FDA released the results of their preliminary testing of levels of the genotoxic chemical acrylamide in over 275 different samples of foods – by brand. (more…)…

    Hot Flashlights
    November 17, 2002
    Hot Flashlights

    In November 2002, thousands of Kidz Club flashlights were recalled by Eveready Battery Co. in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These multicolored plastic and metal flashli…

    Reye Syndrome
    November 2, 2002
    Reye Syndrome: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to Reye syndrome: Children’s aspirin used to be one of the most common medicines given to children. Today it is not recommended, and Reye syndrome is the reason why. What is Reye syndro…

    Lead Poisoning
    November 1, 2002
    Lead Poisoning: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Plumbism Introduction to lead poisoning: Most people aren't aware that lead remains a top environmental health hazard for US children. More than one in 25 American children have bloo…

    Heat Stroke
    October 30, 2002
    Heat Stroke: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat prostration Introduction to heat stroke: Whether it’s a baby at the beach on a hot day, a toddler left in a sweltering car, or a budding young at…

    Head Banging
    October 30, 2002
    Head Banging: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Head rolling, Body rocking Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hur…

    To Choke
    October 28, 2002
    To Choke

    Even though only about 160 children die per year from choking, over 17,000 children have choking episodes serious enough to send them to the emergency room, according to the October 25, 2002 issue of …

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

    Related concepts: Pallid breath-holding spells, Cyanotic breath-holding spells, Pseudo-seizures Introduction to breath holding: Breath-holding spells shine a brilliant spotlight on one of the biggest …

    Cold Season, Alcohol, and Clean Hands
    October 25, 2002
    Cold Season, Alcohol, and Clean Hands

    Many of the most common and most dangerous infections spread via germs on the hands that make their way into the mouth, nose, or eyes. How best to keep our children's hands clean? The Centers for Dise…

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

    Related concepts: Head injury Introduction to concussion: Children’s energetic exploration of life often results in head "bonks.” Fortunately, most of them are not serious. Nevertheless, when we h…

    FDA Establishes An Action Plan For Acrylamide
    October 7, 2002
    FDA Establishes An Action Plan For Acrylamide

    French fries and potato chips are common parts of children’s menus in fast food restaurants, school cafeterias and fine dining establishments. Early in the year 2002 we learned that these familiar f…