How does your child compare?
    September 3, 2012
    How does your child compare?

    It was May of 2010 when the ultrasound tech declared with nervous hands and an unsteady voice, “there are three heartbeats.” And ever since that day, we have put those three heartbeats on a pedest…

    The Importance of Child’s Play
    October 15, 2010
    The Importance of Child’s Play

    “Mama, will you play with me?” These six words instantly snap me to attention here, now, in the present. They are usually uttered by my 5-year-old, and usually when I’m buzzing around doing some…

    Teaching Very Young Children to Give Back
    June 21, 2010
    Teaching Very Young Children to Give Back

    Making a difference in the world and helping others are the best inoculations against poor self esteem for children. Having a sense of purpose, knowing that you can influence others and give back, cre…

    Delayed Language Development
    January 23, 2003
    Delayed Language Development

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A general rule of thumb is that kids who have no words other than "mama" or "dada" by 18 months should get a hearing test. This would be in addition to the hearing screening tests…

    Hitting and Biting
    January 16, 2003
    Hitting and Biting

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most kids hit or bite at some point. Those who keep it up usually feel they are getting something out of it. Either getting their way or getting attention (even negative attention…

    Delayed Physical Development
    January 16, 2003
    Delayed Physical Development

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I can imagine how worrisome it would be to have concerns about your son's development and then to be told he should be evaluated by a neurologist. I have a few thoughts on this ma…

    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 …

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

    Related concepts: Confusional arousal; Partial arousal state; Sleep terrors Introduction to night terrors: Your little angel wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, calling for his mommy – bu…

    Sexual Curiosity in Young Children
    November 1, 2002
    Sexual Curiosity in Young Children: Overview, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Genital play, Toddler masturbation Introduction to sexual curiosity in young children: When a parent catches a boy playing with his ears, questions may arise about ear infections, bu…

    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…

    Fomites
    October 29, 2002
    Fomites: A-to-Z Guide

    Related concepts: Cooties, Cutting boards, Germs, Hairbrushes, Tissues Introduction: It is easier to catch a cold by borrowing a crayon or by turning off a faucet after washing your hands than by kiss…

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

    Related concepts: Erythema infectiosum, Parvovirus B19, Slap cheek Introduction to fifth disease: A child with bright red cheeks and a rash on her trunk is sent home from kindergarten. Her teacher is …

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

    Related concepts: Bed-wetting, Primary nocturnal enuresis, PNE Introduction to enuresis: Most children learn how to stay dry during the day before they’re able to stay dry at night. Millions of kids…

    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 …

    Stuttering in Children
    June 22, 2001
    Stuttering in Children

    When a child stutters, parents are often told to relax, that the stuttering is a phase that will soon be outgrown, and that nothing needs to be done. This advice can be unfortunate. Children with true…

    Sick Children in Day Care
    June 16, 1998
    Sick Children in the Daycare Setting

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This is a very complex and important question. It concerns the care of millions of kids in the United States alone -- over 50 percent of preschool-age children are in group day ca…

    Dog Tapeworms and Children
    August 16, 1996
    Dog Tapeworms and Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The dog tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum) is a common infestation in domestic dogs and cats. The adult worm lives in the animal's intestines and is about 50 to 70 cm in length. The he…