Allergies, Colds, Covid -- how can a parent tell them apart? Young Asian girl crinkling her nose and closing her eyes like she's going to sneeze.
    Allergies, Colds and COVID: How to Tell the Difference

    What follows is a breakdown of the symptoms of allergies, cold and flu, along with what we know so far about COVID. My hope is that this will provide parents with a quick checklist that can help asses…

    Boy blowing his nose. Stuffy nose and cough for kids.
    Stuffy Nose and Cough Remedies for Kids

    Kids are not small adults. That may seem like something so obvious that it goes without saying. Yet for decades the doses for many medicines, including over the counter cough and cold medicines were s…

    Data in Hand

    Note: Dr. Greene works with Scanadu, a participatory medical device company that is currently running an exciting Indiegogo campaign for Scanadu Scout, the first Medical Tricorder. The first generatio…

    Pulmonary Testing
    Pulmonary Testing

    Dr. Hall's Answer: I'm sorry to hear that your child has been ill. Certainly frequent colds are part of the package when your child starts daycare. In fact, studies estimate that a child in their firs…

    Sick little girl taking medicine from a medicine cup. Dosing Spoon Surprise!
    Dosing Spoon Surprise

    Once again, my take is different than that of most. About 70 percent of Americans measure their liquid medicines in kitchen spoons. But when smart college students were asked to pour a real teaspoon o…

    Not All Hand Sanitizers Are the Same
    Not All Hand Sanitizers Are the Same

    One of the best ways to keep your toddlers healthy during flu and cold season is to keep their hands clean. A good washing with soap and water is very effective in reducing the spread of contaminants …

    Feeling congested? Tired? Feverish? Is it just a cold or is it flu?

    How can you tell the difference between cold and flu? Some of the symptoms are the same congested, tired, feverish. That leads people to ask, "is it just a cold or is it flu?" Despite the similarities…

    Amoxicillin
    Amoxicillin

    Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. It does not help in viral infections such as a cold or flu. It's often called "the pink stuff" or "…

    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate
    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate

    Amoxicillin-clavulanate is a strong combination antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. The clavulanate makes it difficult for some resistant bacteria to wit…

    Where’s the Cold Virus?
    Where’s the Cold Virus?

    Dr. Greene's take on the cold virus... Think twice before picking up that remote if someone in your home has a cold! Researchers from the University of Virginia, armed with DNA swabs, did a CSI-like e…

    Alternatives to Cold Medicines
    Alternatives to Cold Medicines

    When the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with their recommendation against cold medicines for children under the age of 6, parents started searching for alternatives. The good news is that fam…

    Cold Medicine for Your Kids
    Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Last year an advisory panel of independent experts convened by the FDA recommended that the FDA ban popular over-the-counter oral decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants for children unde…

    Awash in Cold Medicines
    Awash in Cold Medicines

    Dr. Greene's take on cold medicines... Question: Who took cough and cold medicines the most? Answer: Kids aged 2 through 5 years ? the very group for whom the FDA expert panel voted to ban them last y…

    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt
    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt

    Washing the nasal passages with a saline solution is better than OTC cold meds both at treating and preventing common colds, according to a study published in the January 2008 Archives of Otolaryngolo…

    How Much Dark Honey for Cough
    How Much Dark Honey for Cough?

    Nighttime cough is rough for kids and for parents. I'm not surprised that people spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter cough remedies, even though the most common ingredient, dextromethorphan …

    Acne, Antibiotics, and the Common Cold
    Acne, Antibiotics, and the Common Cold

    People who use either oral OR topical antibiotics to treat their acne are more than twice as likely to catch colds, according to a study in the September 2005 Archives of Dermatology. If the results o…

    Square of dark chocolate cough suppressant
    Sweet Dreams: Dark Chocolate Cough Suppressant

    So your child has a cold, and can?t stop coughing. In the colder months, these sorts of viruses run rampant. Coughing, is, at its core, a beneficial function of the human body, working to expel viruse…

    Chocolate and Coughs
    Chocolate and Coughs

    Could chocolate for coughs be more effective than codeine? And if so, how much chocolate would it take? Research published November 17, 2004 in FJ Express, which will appear in The FASEB Journal in Ja…

    Simple Syrup NF to Quiet Coughs?!?
    Simple Syrup NF to Quiet Coughs?!?

    I've seen several headlines trumpeting that over-the-counter cough syrups are no more effective than water. The headlines are based on a study performed at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine a…

    Echinacea and Colds in Children
    Echinacea and Colds in Children

    In the U.S., more than $300 million are spent each year on echinacea, mostly in an attempt to treat and prevent the common cold. Colds are especially common in children, who average 3 to 8 colds a yea…