Outdoor Play
    March 12, 2014
    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even …

    Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water
    July 10, 2012
    Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water

    When your child declares that he is bored this summer, do what I did, and alert the residents of your home that “bored” (or any derivative thereof) is no longer a part of the English language.  N…

    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure
    June 1, 2012
    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    Being prepared is the first step to staying safe in the outdoors. Before venturing out on your trip, spend some time researching the potential hazards of terrain, weather, and wildlife that you might …

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    January 22, 2003
    Soothing a Sunburn

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With sunburn or any other burn, there can be ongoing damage as long as the skin is hot, so cooling off is wise, such as in a lukewarm bath. Some dermatologists recommend cold milk…

    Swimmer’s Ear
    November 3, 2002
    Swimmer’s Ear: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: External otitis; otitis externa Introduction to swimmer’s ear: Swimming can be a delight for children and for parents. Although water in the ear from swimming or bathing is not ass…

    Sunburn
    November 3, 2002
    Sunburn: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Tanning, Radiation damage Introduction to sunburn: Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) t…

    Sprains
    November 3, 2002
    Sprains: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to sprains: Sprains, strains, and active play…“I sprained my knee,” or “I have an ankle strain.”Ankles and sprains often go together in people’s minds, but beyond that, the di…

    Ticks
    November 3, 2002
    Ticks: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Arthropods Introduction to ticks: The possibility of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and other arboviruses, gives a sense of urgency to this topic. Wh…

    Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
    November 2, 2002
    Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to poison ivy, oak, and sumac: It's Monday morning. You've had a wonderful weekend playing with your kids and your dog, romping through the woods. Now, as you lie in bed, you hear whimper…

    Lyme Disease
    November 1, 2002
    Lyme Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Borrelia burgdorferi Introduction to lyme disease: Even with our long history on this planet, new discoveries about microscopic neighbors continue to be made. In the 1970s, it was Le…

    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…

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

    Related concepts: Avulsion fracture, Broken Bones, Buckle fracture, Clavicle fracture, Compound fracture, Displaced fracture, Epiphyseal fracture, Greenstick fracture, Non-displaced fracture, Open fra…

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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…

    Swimming with the Poison Ivy or Oak Rash
    July 27, 2001
    Swimming with the Poison Ivy or Oak Rash

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A rash from poison ivy or oak is not at all contagious. People get the rash from oil that gets on their skin from the plants. BUT, until the oil is removed, they are contagious wh…

    Bee Sting Reactions
    June 12, 2001
    Bee Sting Reactions

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bee venom contains at least nine different components that work together to cause reactions in those stung. When a bee injects its venom under the skin, the child may have immedia…

    Swimmer's Ear and Sunburn
    July 20, 1998
    Swimmer’s Ear And Sunburn

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Your questions are timely ones for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere -- it's time for fun in the sun and the water! My apologies to those of you from Brazil, Australia, South…

    Itchy Mosquito Bites
    July 13, 1998
    Itchy Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When the mosquito stabs her needle-like mouthparts through the skin of her victim, she injects her saliva -- teeming with digestive enzymes and anticoagulants. The first time a pe…

    Mosquito Bites
    August 11, 1997
    Mosquito Bites

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Cynthia, I now receive many questions each week from around the world. While I can’t possibly answer all of them, each question does make a difference. One of the unforeseen res…

    Bee Stings
    July 7, 1997
    Bee Stings

    Dr. Greeneès Answer: It's good to hear from you, Gale, but I'm sorry to hear about Luke's misadventure! Thirty one stings! I can almost imagine the series of expressions on his face during the onslau…

    Treating Bee Stings
    October 7, 1996
    Treating Bee Stings

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bee stings have been a nuisance long enough to have appeared in prehistoric cave paintings in Spain. Bee stings are part of our collective memory and they are part of our individu…