Summer Camp
    January 7, 2003
    Sleep Away Camp

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The first sleepaway camp can be both poignant and wonderful for kids and parents. The camp activities will usually keep kids pretty occupied, but warm touches from home can make a…

    Difficult Behavior
    January 6, 2003
    Difficult Behavior

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Just as habits take a long time to form, they often take a while to change. It's not too late for this boy to learn constructive ways of behaving. One of the main ways that kids l…

    Behavioral Problems
    January 5, 2003
    Behavioral Problems

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With a 7-year-old, you want to set just a few rules, but it's important to keep them consistent. Tying them to taking away privileges is often the best form of discipline for kids…

    Close up of a contact lens on a finger tip. Photo by Maikel Nai.
    January 4, 2003
    Contact Lenses

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Contacts have been in the news recently with the FDA warning consumers about the dangers of nonprescription, "costume" contacts. These can cause eye irritation, infections, and so…

    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…

    Parvovirus B19
    November 2, 2002
    Parvovirus B19: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to parvovirus: If anything comes to mind when parents hear the word “parvovirus,” it’s usually something to do with dogs or cats. This makes sense. Parvoviruses have long been known…

    Early Puberty
    October 28, 2002
    Early Puberty: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Precocious puberty Introduction to early puberty: When childhood is ending, it often feels like it has all gone by too fast. It’s bittersweet watching our children’s bodies chang…

    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…

    Type 1 Diabetes
    October 27, 2002
    Type I Diabetes: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to diabetes: When a child starts drinking more or urinating more frequently, the thought of type 1 diabetes (and now type 2 diabetes) often springs into the parents’ minds. When should …

    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'…

    Sleep. It Does a Body Good!
    October 24, 2002
    Sleep. It Does a Body Good!

    It was a delight attending the October 2002 meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston. A special session there highlighted the partnership between the AAP and the National Center on Slee…

    Bottled Energy
    September 9, 2002
    Bottled Energy

    I’ve often heard parents comment, when watching their toddlers or school-aged kids jet giddily around the home (or restaurant), “I wish we could bottle their energy and sell it!” I wish we could…

    Diabetes Options for Children
    September 3, 2002
    Diabetes Options for Children

    On Tuesday, August 27, 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the Glucowatch for use in children and teens with diabetes. (It had been approved for adults in 20…

    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…

    Where to Get the Calcium When They Won’t Drink Milk
    June 28, 2002
    Where to Get Calcium When Your Child Won’t Drink Milk

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm glad you are paying attention to your daughter's calcium intake. The AAP guidelines for calcium are 800mg per day from age 4 to 8, and then 1300 mg a day from 9 to 18. They al…

    Higher Fiber, Later Periods
    June 10, 2002
    Higher Fiber, Later Periods

    Girls who eat foods rich in fiber can reduce their risk of having their first period early by almost 50 percent, according to a study published in the April 2002 issue of Public Health Nutrition. (mor…

    Vegetarian Kids
    May 15, 2002
    Vegetarian Kids

    I often hear from parents who are concerned because their children will not eat meat, for one reason or another. A study published in the May 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Me…

    Secondhand Smoke Blunts Learning!
    May 8, 2002
    Secondhand Smoke Blunts Learning!

    At the May 2002 meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reported their research showing that secondhand smoke damages learning abilities, weakeni…

    Dyslexia - Changing the Way the Brain Works
    May 3, 2002
    Dyslexia – Changing the Way the Brain Works

    Scans that detect brain activity show that when people read, a part of the brain called the left superior temporal gyrus (STGp) becomes very active. However, in children with dyslexia, there is little…

    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…