Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids
    February 7, 2003
    Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids

    Vitamin B12 consumed by nursing mothers can change the trajectory of their babies’ brain development. The Jan 31, 2003 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report told the story of a …

    Infant Anemia
    January 1, 2003
    Infant Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The most common cause of anemia in babies is iron deficiency. This usually can be corrected pretty easily with supplemental iron. Supplements are quite safe at that age, at the ap…

    Iron Deficiency
    October 31, 2002
    Iron Deficiency: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to iron deficiency: A baby is born with about 0.5 grams of iron in the body. A healthy adolescent's body has 5.0 grams. This 900 percent increase in iron comes from the iron in the food y…

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    October 25, 2002
    Celiac Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to celiac disease: The little child just never seems to be feeling well. She doesn’t like to eat. She’s clingy and cranky. It seems like she always has loose stools. She’s not growi…

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    October 25, 2002
    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to a common cold: It’s called the "common cold" for a reason. Your child will probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Most kids have had eight to ten colds by their sec…

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    October 23, 2002
    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (littl…

    Iron Needs Missed in Millions
    October 18, 2002
    Iron Needs Missed in Millions

    Iron deficiency in toddlers, preschool children, and teenage girls is still all too common in the US. Healthy People 2010 is a program that has set an achievable target of dropping iron deficiency rat…

    Growth and Lack of Appetite
    June 28, 2002
    Growth and Lack of Appetite

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even most very picky eaters get plenty of calories every day, but one of the reasons we follow growth curves is to be sure that is true for an individual child. 27.5 pounds for a …

    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…

    Cookies n' Creatine?
    August 31, 2001
    Cookies n’ Creatine?

    Many children would like to build muscle, improve their appearance, and enhance their athletic performance. Supplement marketers are convincing them that they can do it all by taking creatine. And it'…

    Teens and Iron
    July 19, 2001
    Teens and Iron

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Rob, one of the adolescent boys in my practice, loved to compete in track and field. His running times in his sophomore year of high school were excellent, but try as he might, hi…

    Mercury Questions
    July 11, 2001
    Mercury Questions

    Two questions came up in chat about news urging us to reduce children's exposure to mercury. Is there mercury in fish oil capsules? And should we delay or forgo vaccines in children because of the mer…

    Dads Make a Difference
    April 27, 2001
    Dads Make a Difference

    Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Mayo Clinic. Dad's diet, like mom's, may…

    Breastfeeding and Vitamins
    April 24, 2001
    Breastfeeding and Vitamins

    Research has shown that women who are dieting and exercising tend to produce breast milk lower in certain nutrients, such as vitamin B6, that are important for babies' development. New research shows …

    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke
    December 26, 2000
    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke

    Secondhand cigarette smoke saps nutrients directly out of kid's blood, according to a report in the December 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Important antioxidants, such as b…

    The Calcium Supplement Scare
    September 27, 2000
    The Calcium Supplement Scare

    A study in the September 20, 2000 issue of JAMAreported that lead was discovered in calcium supplements! A "public health concern" as some are proclaiming? I'm more concerned about the scare than abou…

    All Natural Does Not Mean Risk Free!
    January 5, 2000
    All Natural Does Not Mean Risk Free!

    Use of St. John's Wort to treat depression has skyrocketed over the last year, increasing by more than 2000%. St. John's Wort has become a multi-billion dollar industry. (more…)…

    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness
    December 10, 1999
    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness

    An Ounce of Prevention... Kids who don't get enough zinc get sick more often and get well more slowly. Zinc is necessary for the immune system to be in top form. Where do kids get zinc? This is one in…

    Zinc Keeps Kids Healthy
    December 9, 1999
    Zinc Keeps Kids Healthy

    The December 9th, 1999 edition of the Journal of Pediatrics featured the pooled results of 10 studies involving children in 9 countries. When zinc-deficient children received zinc supplements, childho…

    More Safety Reminders
    November 16, 1999
    More Safety Reminders

    Dr. Gaylord Lopez of the Georgia Poison Center has mused about new poisoning dangers on the horizon. His concern: the new great tasting flavors of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen overdose is al…