Infant in bed with rash on cheeks because she has childhood eczema.
    Childhood Eczema: Parents can make a difference!

    As an after-hours GP, I am often called to treat severe cases of childhood eczema. In some of the children I've seen, large areas of their skin have been affected, making daily life tough during flare…

    Fast Facts about Organic Milk
    Fast Facts about Organic Milk

    Many of the regulations that allow dairy products to carry the label "certified organic" revolve around farming practices. In general, organic milk should come from cows that eat only organic food and…

    Doubling Vitamin D
    Doubling Vitamin D

    Today at our annual meeting in Boston, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children get each day to 400 IU, in response to mounting evidence of the life…

    Babies’ Eating Fish Cuts Eczema Odds
    Babies’ Eating Fish Cuts Eczema Odds

    Eczema is a common skin condition in children, and has been getting more common in recent decades, now affecting as many as 1 in 3 babies in some parts of the world. We know that heredity plays a big …

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema
    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA), one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has p…

    Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema
    Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema

    Kids who have low levels of vitamin D have a higher chance of asthma attacks, according to a study presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This…

    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!
    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!

    Get ready for some surprising recommendations. Eczema, asthma, and food allergies are all on the rise in children, each having more than doubled in the last several decades. This rapid increase has le…

    Eczema Treatment Warning
    Eczema Treatment Warning

    The breezy television ads for certain steroid-free eczematreatment productshave always bothered me. While they don.t say anything untrue, they do incorrectly imply that this treatment is gentler and…

    Preventing Allergies
    Preventing Allergies

    It's peak allergy season in many areas, with spring trees still pumping out millions of grains of pollen each day and the summer grasses already starting to contribute their share. Sneezing, running n…

    Diet and Skin
    Diet and Skin

    Baby soft, smooth skin in young children could be partly the result of what their mothers ate during pregnancy and nursing, according to a study reported in the May 31, 2003 issue of The Lancet. Benef…

    Introducing Yogurt

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Nine months is okay for yogurt for most babies. Yogurt is a wonderful food. It is rich in calcium, and the active cultures have many health benefits. Kids with a strong family his…

    Wheat, Dairy, Celiac and Allergies

    Dr. Greene's Answer: There are many types of food intolerances, and some of them can trigger eczemaand cause poor weight gain. Both wheat and dairy commonly cause allergies and worsening eczema in ba…

    Food Allergies
    Food Allergies: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to food allergies: Many parents of infants and toddlers are told that food allergies don't happen that young, or that they are very rare. We've learned that food allergies certainly do ha…

    Asthma: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Asthmais one of the most common disorders affecting children. As many as 10 percent of children have some degree of asthma, and the number has been rising steadily since about 1980.1 Th…

    Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to allergies: Children with allergies tend to get more ear infections, more colds, and have more sleepless nights than their peers. Far too often, the underlying allergies are missed and …

    Preventing Eczema
    Preventing Eczema: New Insights

    Dr. Greene's take on preventing eczema... Each year in the western world, eczema gets more common. We know that breastfeeding can prevent eczema, and that mothers' avoiding certain allergic foods can …

    Farm Life and Immunity
    Farm Life and Immunity

    Children who are raised on a farm have a significantly reduced risk of asthma, eczema, and hayfever, according to a study in the October 6, 2001 issue of The Lancet. Non-farm children who were exposed…

    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria
    Fast Facts about Yogurt and Beneficial Bacteria

    Dr. Greene's take on beneficial bacteria: The opposite of antibiotics are probiotics - a term coined in 1965 to describe substances that favor the growth of beneficial bacteriain the body. (more&hell…

    What is Psoriasis?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Any child with a chronic or recurrent rash that is unresponsive to prescribed treatment deserves a trip to a pediatric dermatologist. With psoriasis, most kids have seen several d…

    Mother and child walking in a field. Understanding psoriasis.
    Growing Understanding about what Causes Psoriasis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The first step toward successful treatment of any rash is to correctly identify it. Any child with a chronic or recurrent rash that is unresponsive to prescribed treatment deserve…