Dr. Greene’s Blog

    Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

    Misshapen Heads Due To Back Sleeping
    August 23, 1999
    Misshapen Heads Due To Back Sleeping

    The successful campaign to encourage babies to sleep on their backs has saved many lives by often preventing the tragedy of SIDS. But when babies sleep in the same position each night their heads can …

    No Parents Want Their Children to Need Surgery...
    August 20, 1999
    No Parents Want Their Children to Need Surgery…

    …and there are certainly ways to prevent it! Children go under general anesthesia more often for ear tubes than any other reason. A study in the August 1999 Pediatric News ( 33(6):15, 1999) foun…

    Ritalin now, drug abuse later?
    August 19, 1999
    Ritalin now, drug abuse later?

    As parents, we want our children to navigate through the teen years without abusing alcohol or drugs. Many are concerned that children with ADHD who take stimulant medications such as Ritalin might be…

    Peanut Ban In Schools
    August 18, 1999
    Peanut Ban In Schools

    I received a note this week from parents who were upset about a peanut ban at their North Carolina school — all because someone’s child has an allergy. But peanut bans in schools make sense if…

    Prenatal HIV Testing
    August 17, 1999
    Prenatal HIV Testing: Is It Worth It?

    Dr. Greene’s take on prenatal HIV testing… The number of babies born in the United States who are infected with HIV has dropped dramatically since 1992, according the August 17th, 1999 edi…

    When a Smashed Finger Requires a Doctor’s Attention
    August 13, 1999
    When a Smashed Finger Requires a Doctor’s Attention

    Dr. Greene’s take on when a doctor needs to look at a smashed finger… In the great flurry of childhood activity (don’t you wish you had some of their energy?), smashed fingers and to…

    SIDS And Wine
    August 13, 1999
    SIDS And Wine: Is There A Link?

    Does mom’s having a glass of wine increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? How about a cup of coffee? Might pacifiers cause it? Several studies were published in the August 1999 editio…

    Help for Eczema
    August 12, 1999
    Help for Eczema: Surprising Advice

    I received a letter from a mother in St. Clair, Missouri, who reported that she found that her daughter’s eczema (a skin condition we talk more about here) improved with daily bathing. Eczema is…

    Ritalin and Tics?
    August 11, 1999
    Ritalin and Tics?

    Parents and doctors have observed that some children with ADHD who have taken Ritalin have developed tics (involuntary movements) or other symptoms of Tourette syndrome. These symptoms have often not …

    Disposable Diapers
    August 9, 1999
    Disposable Diapers

    In our online community, someone inquired about a baby who had eaten some of the gel out of her diaper. I was pleased to answer this query, but I want to be sure that every parent and grandparent and …

    No More TV?
    August 6, 1999
    No More TV?

    In a startling announcement in August,1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended that children under age 2 watch no television at all. They pointed to the importance of face-to-fac…

    Vaccine Controversy Continues
    August 5, 1999
    Vaccine Controversy Continues

    Today, children routinely receive 21 vaccinations before they even enter kindergarten — more than double what they received even a decade ago. Vaccine fears are at an all time high, intensified …

    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides
    August 4, 1999
    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides

    In August 1999, the United States Environmental Protection Agency made a truly historic move by banning certain uses of two organophosphate pesticides commonly used on fruit and vegetables in order to…

    August 3, 1999
    TV Safety for Vision

    I’ve been asked to help solve a family dispute between Nathaniel Toney and his wife of Laurel, Maryland. One was taught that children should always watch TV with a lamp on to protect the eyes; t…

    Newborn Test For Cerebral Palsy
    August 2, 1999
    Newborn Test For Cerebral Palsy

    After a traumatic birth that involves oxygen deprivation, some children go on to develop cerebral palsy, while others show no ill effects. For years, parents were simply told they must wait for months…

    A Solid Foundation
    July 30, 1999
    A Solid Foundation

    When your children are grown, much of their long-term health will depend on what they ate as kids, nutrition experts reported at the July 1999 National Conference on Advances in Pediatric Nutrition at…

    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
    July 29, 1999
    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!

    The July issue of Pediatrics reports convincing evidence (from an investigation of twins growing up in different environments) that up to 80% of the variation in body fat between children is genetic a…

    Trampolines and Summer Fun!
    July 28, 1999
    Trampolines and Summer Fun!

    I fondly remember summer evenings spent jumping on the big trampoline in my neighbor’s yard. I also remember the flashing lights as an ambulance carried away an injured friend.…

    On Her Tippy Toes
    July 27, 1999
    On Her Tippy Toes…

    A mother from Texas inquired “My 20-month-old daughter constantly walks on her tip-toes. Should I be concerned?”…

    Never use this while nursing!
    July 26, 1999
    Never use this while nursing!

    Nursing delivers a banquet of powerful, beneficial substances to growing babies. Some medicines are safe to take when nursing; others are dangerous. Nicotine is dangerous! Second-hand smoke is bad eno…