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…

    Young boy with swollen forehead after a fall
    February 13, 1996
    When to Call the Doctor after your Child Hits His Head

    When we hear the awful thud of a child’s head, our breath catches. A prompt cry after the injury is reassuring. It is normal to feel sleepy after a child hits his head, and is even okay for him…

    February 13, 1996
    Head Injuries

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: If only we could bottle kids’ marvelous energy. It’s better than solar power! Still, their energetic exploration of life often results in “bonks” or head…

    Family talking together.
    February 12, 1996
    Talking To Kids about HIV

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: What a wonderful question! Many people are unwilling to talk about HIV/AIDS, but open communication is vital. HIV is a tragic illness that profoundly impacts all whom it tou…

    February 9, 1996
    Newborn Sounds

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Kare and Robert, your daughter is beautiful! Often newborns surprise their parents with the amount of noise they make when they breathe, particularly after eating. The cells…

    Steps To Take Before Giving Up On Breast Feeding
    February 8, 1996
    Steps To Take Before Giving Up On Breast Feeding

    Before you decide to give up nursing, I recommend that you try a few simple things that might make the situation much easier for both you and your baby. If these don’t work, you can still decide…

    February 8, 1996
    Nursing: Considering Giving Up?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Many new mothers feel the way you do. This is a time that most expectant parents have looked forward to with delight. We dream of a wonderful baby who will fill our lives wi…

    Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Defined
    February 7, 1996
    Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Defined

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Your question comes at a great time. Most of the problems associated with falling asleep with a bottle begin to emerge after a child is one year old. Cavities result from th…

    Eye Drainage
    February 6, 1996
    Eye Drainage

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: Ask your doctor if your daughter has a blocked tear duct. This is the most common problem of the lacrimal or tear system. Our eyes are constantly bathed in a protective film…

    What is Walking Pneumonia?
    February 5, 1996
    What is Walking Pneumonia?

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: The word pneumonia sounds alarm bells in many parents. It is understandably disturbing, because some pneumonias are quite serious, particularly in those whose immune system …

    Alleviating Eczema
    February 5, 1996
    Alleviating Eczema

    Eczema is a chronic condition in which sensitive skin reacts to certain triggers, and a rash develops. The mainstays of eczema treatment are moisturizers and ever-increasing strengths of cortisone cre…

    Fathering
    February 2, 1996
    Fathering

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: In any bookstore one can find several good resources for fathers, but the most important resource of all is one that is very difficult to obtain. That resource is locked up …

    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…

    January 29, 1996
    Pregnancy and Group B Strep

    Dr. Greene’s Answer: You are describing Group B Streptococcus, a major cause of infections in newborns. Being diagnosed as a carrier of this bacteria must have been quite concerning, particularl…