Guest Posts

    Our invited Guest Bloggers share their Perspective on children's health and parenting. Their view point may be different than Dr. Greene's, but each guest has a valuable view point. Well worth reading!

    Sad child rejecting food. Could this be due to a food reaction?
    By: Annie Salsberg ND July 11, 2016 4 Comments
    Food Reactions: Allergy, Intolerance or Food Sensitivity?

    Understanding Food Reactions When it comes to adverse food reactions, the terms allergy, intolerance and sensitivity are often used interchangeably (and incorrectly!). Here we demystify the language s…

    Child in surgery. Can anesthesia damage the developing brain?
    By: Michael Ho MD June 27, 2016 0 Comments
    Anesthesia and the Developing Brain

    You’re already worried that your child has to undergo surgery. Now should you also be worried that the anesthesia can damage your child’s brain? That is the concern raised by doctors at the Cincin…

    Toddler in colorful shirt and bib at the prime age for recurrent ear infections.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND June 20, 2016 2 Comments
    Recurrent Ear Infections and Dietary Triggers

    Ear infections (aka otitis media, acute otitis media, or AOM for short) can be common in children – and when they become chronic it affects the whole family. By the age of three, it’s reported tha…

    Powdered Infant formula being spooned into a glass baby bottle.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND June 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Formula 101: Infant Formula De-mystified

    While exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, it’s reported that only 19% of American mothers exclusively breastfeed at this time. The majority of US families will use formula …

    Young boy desperately hanging on to his father's arm. Addiction Impacts child custody.
    By: James Jones May 30, 2016 0 Comments
    Addiction Impacts Child Custody: The Likelihood of Retaining Custody

    The nationwide discussion on addiction and its treatment at recovery centers is incomplete without the mention of how addiction impacts child custody disputes. According to the U.S. Department of Heal…

    Attractive Young Man Lying on Sofa at Night and Illuminated by Light from Screen of Cell Phone at Home in Living Room
    By: Dr. Ruth Ann Crystal May 24, 2016 3 Comments
    Parent Confidential – Teens, Tech and Sex: What you need to know now

    As a gynecologist, I thought that I was staying pretty connected to what is going on with sex and dating.  However, more and more I learn new information from my teenage patients about what sex is li…

    Adorable corgi puppy perfect for someone with a dog obsession.
    By: Janet Miller May 17, 2016 0 Comments
    8 Reasons Your Dog Obsession Makes You Happier and Healthier

    Do you have a dog obsession? That puppy you adopted isn’t just a cute, fluffy companion. Dogs actually make you happier and healthier – here are 8 reasons why. 1. Dogs are a source of heal…

    Group of young boys on a soccer field.
    By: Brittni Brown May 11, 2016 0 Comments
    Avoiding Concussions in Youth Athletics

    As summer rolls around and students begin to get out of school, parents may be gearing up for another season: youth athletics. Whether it’s T-ball, pee-wee football, outdoor basketball, or co-ed…

    Two young girls playing with jewelry. Are there jewelry dangers for children?
    By: Naomi Shaw May 2, 2016 0 Comments
    Jewelry Dangers for Children

    Today’s parents take our children’s safety seriously, spending many hours babyproofing and crafting optimal environments for our sweet little ones. Realizing that everything from sippy cups to the…

    Young girl holding a teddy bear while sleeping. Kids sleep benefits are huge!
    By: Naomi Shaw April 25, 2016 0 Comments
    Kids Sleep Benefits Are Huge!

    “Mom, just a little more, please!” Does this sound familiar? Kids need around 9-10 hours of sleep per night, but it’s estimated that up to 40% of children aren’t getting this recommended amoun…

    Teenage girl walking two horses in a pasture. Horses are great for kids.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD April 18, 2016 1 Comments
    Kids and Horses (50 Shades of Hay…)

    Cuteness is in the eye of the beholder. As a parent, I am allowed to be completely biased about my children. But is there anything cuter than a little girl on a horse, a huge smile across her face, pi…

    Beautiful basket of organic food from the Farmers Market.
    By: Tara Wagner April 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Organic on a Budget is a Easy as 1-2-3

    You can poll 100 people on organic foods and I bet you at least 75 will tell you they’d totally prefer organics…if only it didn’t cost so much. And I get it. I really do. It’s …

    Young child coloring a picture of a dog. What creativity!
    By: Sally Loughridge PhD April 3, 2016 3 Comments
    The Transformative Power of Creativity in Children, Games

    The Benefits of Creativity Imagination is not a talent of some men, but is the health of every man. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Within each of us, whether child or adult, lies a rich reservoir of cre…

    Child sitting with blank paper, surrounded by art supplies. Mental Health conditions in kids are important to address.
    By: Brittni Brown March 27, 2016 2 Comments
    Mental Health Conditions Play a Key Role in Overall Health

    There is little room to doubt that over the past few decades diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has come a long ways. Today, a greater percentage of individuals suffering from various…

    Mosquito sucking blood on human skin with nature background. Mosquitos spread Zika Virus.
    By: David Noble March 23, 2016 0 Comments
    The Bottom Line on Zika Virus

    “Zika!” It started as a whisper and turned into a roar heard ‘round the globe. First discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 30 cou…

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    By: James Jones March 14, 2016 1 Comments
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Little girl eating ice cream. Does dairy contribute to childhood gut health?
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 7, 2016 1 Comments
    Childhood Gut Health: Facts and Fiction

    Let’s take a look at common misconceptions and offer a fresh perspective on children’s gut health for parents. Here are three childhood gut health myths that need to be busted. MYTH 1: Lactos…

    Baby and mom laying on a bed. Baby is exploring mom's nose with her mouth. How does that change the baby biome?
    By: Richard Sprague March 4, 2016 0 Comments
    Peeking into a Baby Biome

    Meet one-month-old baby girl Molly Aspen McAndrew. She’s a healthy infant whose first-time parents are interested in the microbiome (or shall we say, baby biome) and have tried to do everything they…

    Discrete image of a child using the toilet. As parents, understanding poop is a great tool to understanding gut health.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 3, 2016 0 Comments
    Understanding Poop: What Your Child’s Poop Can Tell You About Gut Health

    For parents looking to get a better handle on their child’s gut health, the bathroom is a good place to start! Poop will vary from child to child and day to day depending on what they eat, but the s…

    Kids playing tug of war at Summer Camp. Summer Camp FAQ.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD February 29, 2016 0 Comments
    Summer Camp FAQ

    In my last post, “To Camp or Not To Camp: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or No Camp?” I discussed some pretty big questions about deciding if your child is ready for summer camp and how you de…