September 14, 2015
    From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?

    Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there's even a name for it - neophobia or "the fear …

    Baby drinking milk out of a sippy cup
    May 11, 2015
    The Surprising Reason Sippy Cups Can Hurt Your Toddler

      When I was a volunteer dentist in Africa, I was amazed at all the beautiful teeth I was seeing. Children who had never been to the dentist before had textbook-perfect straight teeth, perfectly …

    Sad boy for blocks
    March 31, 2015
    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers: Follow-up Discussion on #LTKH Tweet Chat

    On May 17 and 18, 2011 there was a joint meeting of the FDA Advisory Committee for Nonprescription Drugs and the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee. I wrote an article about that meeting on May 18, 201…

    Smiling, blue-eyed baby crawling on a hardwood floor.
    August 12, 2014
    Great News: A Dirty Home May Be a Healthy Home

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University contributed to a mutli-city study that revealed that children who, during their first year of life, lived in homes with bacteria and allergens…

    Toddler on the floor, having a tantrum
    July 14, 2014
    Raising Generation Gluten Free: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

    I still remember like it was yesterday - the day I self-diagnosed our daughter with a gluten intolerance. After years of terrible tantrums, night waking tantrums, self-inflicting pain moments, weight …

    Toddler with a stick getting ready to hit something
    June 20, 2014
    Behavior Modification and ADHD

    What Behaviors to Change Children with ADHD will use many undesirable behaviors throughout the day. It’s best to start working on eliminating one behavior at a time, rather than all at once. Unsafe …

    Is the Toddler Displaying Normal
    June 19, 2014
    Is My Toddler Displaying Normal Temperament, ADHD, or Another Mental Health Condition?

    Normal (Neurotypical) Toddlers The most common misdiagnosis of ADHD is actually due to normal temperament.  At times, all toddlers will demonstrate behaviors associated with ADHD- irritability, aggre…

    June 17, 2014
    Six Warning Signs of ADHD in Toddlers

    Have you ever wondered if your toddler was more active than normal? Here are six signs of ADHD in toddlers that you can use when discussing the possibility with your child's pediatrician. 1. Using Dan…

    Toddlers and ADHD
    June 16, 2014
    Can Toddlers Actually be Diagnosed with ADHD?

    Age of ADHD Onset The latest research shows that the age of onset for ADHD can be up through age twelve. However, the genes for ADHD are usually activated prior to four years old, and it can actually …

    Starting Solids 101
    January 25, 2014
    Starting Solids 101: A joyful start to your baby’s eating adventure

    Starting solids is one of the most fun—and most intimidating—milestones of baby's first year. With so much conflicting information about food safety and nutrition, constantly changing guidelines, …

    ipad in nursery school
    October 31, 2013
    IPAD in Nursery School

    My Kid’s Teacher is Using an IPAD in his Nursery School Classroom. Will That Hurt Him? Many early childhood classrooms around the country are beginning to introduce technology into their curriculums…

    tantrums and ipads
    October 30, 2013
    IPAD Tantrum

    My Child Has a Tantrum Whenever I Take The IPAD Away. What can I do to Stop this Behavior? This is a question we hear frequently. In fact, we named our book Toddlers ON Technology to emphasize the add…

    Digital Technology
    October 29, 2013
    HELP! My Child Wants To Know About Digital Technology – and He’s Only 2!

    As we sat by a computer, my 22 month-old granddaughter uttered her first complete sentence to me. It was: “Grandma, you have to double click.” That’s when I knew I was in a different universe. A…

    Go Ahead Judge Me
    October 28, 2013
    A MOM’S STORY: Go Ahead, Judge Me

    To say that I was slightly irritated by my under-caffeinated and over-jostled condition that wet winter morning in the overcrowded coffee shop would have been an understatement. Working types elbowed …

    Dr. Greene discusses how to solve your toddler's sleep problems
    August 7, 2013
    Why toddlers have sleep issues, and how to solve them

    As your baby becomes a toddler, chances are they will give you some sleepless nights. In this week's post I've got your solution. But first a little fun fact. Strange but true: whether or not your tod…

    3 Simple Ideas for Nurturing Your Child’s Independence
    September 26, 2012
    3 Simple Ideas for Nurturing Your Child’s Independence

    If you have a toddler, you’ve likely heard this phrase many times before: "Mommy, I do it.” They are four simple words that can be the start of a thrilling moment of development or the prelude to …

    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones
    August 16, 2012
    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones

    It’s becoming an ever more common sight: babies and kids playing with smartphones. According to NPR’s Health Blog, one recent survey found that as many as 1 in 4 toddlers has used a smartphone and…

    Alan Greene as a boy in kentucy with father and grandfather
    June 15, 2012
    Father: Past, Present, and Future

    Even before our babies are born, we are teaching them about the world around us. We communicate our choices, our values, even without thinking about it. They hear our voices, smell our aromas, and the…

    Parenting Advice from a Non-Parent
    June 4, 2012
    Parenting Advice from a Non-Parent

    As a pediatric resident, I have families come into clinic on a daily basis with questions about parenting.  How do I discipline my child?  How do I get them to eat their vegetables?  How do I get t…

    Laughter is the Best Dessert
    March 30, 2012
    Laughter is the Best Dessert

    I don’t believe in using “sneaky” tactics to get my child to eat better. The closest I have ever come to this, however, was a bit of fun I would play with my daughter when she was a toddler. (mo…