Dr. Alan Greene discusses teaching your child to sleep alone
    August 29, 2013
    The “Free Pass”: Getting your child to sleep in their own room

    At 3am a triangle of light slices the darkness in two, and a child's tired, raspy voice whispers "Mom? Moooooom?" It's now that you realize, this will not be the night of restful sleep you've been fan…

    How long is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease Contagious for?
    November 1, 2011
    How long is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease Contagious?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most adults -- but not all -- have already had Hand Foot and Mouth and are not at risk. There are a few different strains of viruses that cause Hand Foot and Mouth though, so havi…

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    September 14, 2011
    Should pre-teens have cell phones? My 10-year-old thinks so.

    My 10-year-old daughter wants a cell phone. She wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below. (more…)…

    Make Gardening a Family Activity
    May 13, 2011
    Make Gardening a Family Activity

    Parents often use their kids as an excuse as to why they can’t grow their own food. To that I’ll ask, “Why not include the kids and make it a family experience?” (more…)…

    The Cheating Crisis in our Schools
    March 25, 2011
    The Cheating Crisis in our Schools

    Most American students cheat. In nationwide surveys on college campuses, about seven in ten students admitted to some cheating.  Three in five high school students admitted that they had cheated on a…

    Tonsilitis
    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…

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

    Related concepts: Speech disfluency Introduction to stuttering: When a child stutters, parents are often told to relax, that the stuttering is a phase that will soon be outgrown, and that nothing need…

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

    Related concepts: Mite infestation Introduction to scabies: A child has an itchy rash. Someone has called it eczema, or something like that, and a cortisone cream was prescribed. But the itching never…

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

    Related concepts: Over-nutrition Introduction to obesity: You've probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. On January 21, 2011, th…

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

    Related concepts: Pediculosis, Head lice Introduction to lice: My head starts to itch when I even write about lice. Lice are a common problem wherever children gather. If you are concerned about lice,…

    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…

    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…

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    October 23, 2002
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, Hyperactivity Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performan…

    How do Bed Wetting Alarms Work
    June 1, 2001
    How do Bed Wetting Alarms Work?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bed-wetting alarms are among the safest and most effective of all therapies for bedwetting. The alarms have a simple moisture-sensor that snaps into your child’s pajamas. A smal…

    Bed Wetting Causes
    January 22, 1997
    Bed Wetting Causes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children who can control their bladders during the day, but who have never been dry at night for at least a six month period, have what is known medically as primary nocturnal enu…

    Iron Deficiency Anemia
    October 14, 1996
    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (little clumps that help the blood clot when needed). The red blood cells carry oxyge…

    Precocious Puberty Defined
    April 18, 1996
    What Is Precocious Puberty?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of true puberty before 7 to 8 years of age in girls or 9 years of age in boys. (Isolated breast development which doesn't progress to th…

    Precocious Puberty
    April 18, 1996
    Precocious Puberty

    Dr. Greene's Answer: There is crucial information your daughter needs to know. First, some background: The age of onset of puberty varies widely. In girls, the breast bud is usually the first sign, an…

    Bed-Wetting Alarms
    March 26, 1996
    Bed-Wetting Alarms

    Dr. Greene's Answer: How frustrating! His sleeping through the alarm, though, is a sign that treatments aimed at making it easier for him to wake up are likely to be particularly effective for him. Al…

    Chapped Lips
    February 1, 1996
    Chapped Lips

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Dry winter air chaps lips. When the lips do become chapped it is very common for children to lick their lips in an attempt to moisten them. Unfortunately, even though saliva sooth…