Baby Bottle Weaning
    February 28, 1996
    Baby Bottle Weaning

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: When a four year old is still using a bottle to go to sleep there are two patterns that must be overcome. First, she has chosen the bottle as her lovey, or special comfort o…

    Tips for Weaning your Child from a Bedtime Bottle
    February 28, 1996
    Tips for Weaning your Child from a Bedtime Bottle

    When a toddler or preschooler is still using a bottle to go to sleep, there are two patterns that must be overcome. First, she has chosen the bottle as her special comfort object to help her with the …

    When Communication gets Stuck
    February 27, 1996
    When Communication gets Stuck

    Dr. Greene’s Anwer: I feel so strongly that communication is a key issue for parents that I am addressing a second response to this question. (If you haven’t read the first answer, you wil…

    Toxoplasmosis Defined
    February 26, 1996
    Toxoplasmosis Defined

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Congratulations, Stephanie! Only 31 weeks to go! What a miracle — a new life is forming inside you! Once a baby arrives, changing diapers is a practical way to express…

    Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy
    February 26, 1996
    Dangers of Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Congratulations, Stephanie! Only 31 weeks to go! What a miracle — a new life is forming inside you! Once a baby arrives, changing diapers is a practical way to express…

    Toy soldiers made of lead -- How much lead is safe?
    February 23, 1996
    How Much Lead is Safe?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: In that tiny paint chip, the past and the future intersect. A generation ago in that same space, a couple stood in a freshly painted apartment, perhaps with a young child. N…

    February 23, 1996
    Lead Levels in Paint

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Lead levels in paints are measured in parts per million (ppm). You will need to find the concentration of lead in your paint to determine the level of risk. Currently, 600 p…

    Fast Facts about Lead
    February 23, 1996
    Fast Facts about Lead

    Deaths from lead poisoning are now rare, but it is not unusual for a child’s blood to contain enough lead to cause intellectual and developmental delay, neurologic problems, kidney disease, and …

    Lead Screening
    February 23, 1996
    Lead Screening

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions a blood test to check for lead should be considered. (more…)…

    Antibiotics for Colds
    February 22, 1996
    Why Do Doctors Recommend Against Antibiotics for Colds?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Colds are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Over 200 different species of virus causing the common cold have been identified. Antibiotics do not work at all in treating the c…

    Antibiotics and the Common Cold
    February 22, 1996
    Antibiotics and the Common Cold

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: This is an extremely important question! There are over one billion colds in the United States annually, with each child averaging 3 to 8 colds per year. It is no fun when y…

    Viruses and our Immune Systems
    February 22, 1996
    Viruses and our Immune Systems

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Two types of defense against viruses predominate in the bloodstream: humoral immunity and cellular immunity. The humoral (or one might say ‘liquid’) immune syste…

    Bacteria vs. Viruses
    February 22, 1996
    Bacteria vs. Viruses

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Viruses are tiny geometric structures that can only reproduce inside a living cell. They range in size from 20 to 250 nanometers (one nanometer is one billionth of a meter).…

    Reducing the Number of Ear Infections
    February 21, 1996
    Reducing the Number of Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Most ear infections happen before 2 years of age, and most happen between November and March (in the Northern Hemisphere). If your daughter has only had two by 15 months, sh…

    Causes of Ear Infections
    February 21, 1996
    Causes of Ear Infections

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Your question is a timely one, since ear infections are most common in winter or early spring, and the highest incidence is in children under 2 years old. In the United Stat…

    The Fine art of Communication
    February 20, 1996
    The Fine art of Communication

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Sometimes when we talk to our children, it feels like a surrealistic play, where we repeat ourselves over and over, and no one seems to hear. This kind of communication is f…

    Nibble Nursing
    February 20, 1996
    Nibble Nursing

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The situation you are describing sounds very difficult. The fear of what life will be like after you have to go back to work is undoubtedly an added pressure. You are to be …

    February 19, 1996
    Nursing Difficulties

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: It’s great to hear back from readers. I am always glad to give further explanation! There are several factors that contribute to the success of a nursing experience fo…

    Follow-up on HIV/AIDS
    February 16, 1996
    Follow-up on HIV/AIDS

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: This brings up many meaty, practical questions. Should parents worry about their children getting AIDS from playing at the house of someone with HIV? What about contact spor…

    What is Baby Acne?
    February 14, 1996
    What is Baby Acne?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: To many parents’ dismay, their beautiful newborn’s face breaks out with red bumps. One of the most common causes for red bumps on an infant’s face is baby acne…