Crying baby in a stripped onesie
    Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    The long crying spasms of colic can be exhausting for parents and babies alike. Because babies with colic have been shown in some studies to have fewer species of beneficial bacteria in their intestin…

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia
    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia…

    Changing Colic Culture
    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacte…

    Dark Chocolate Treats Diarrhea?
    Dark Chocolate Treats Diarrhea?

    Dr. Greene's take on the wonders of dark chocolate... The medicinal use of cocoa to treat childhood diarrhea and other intestinal problems was common among the Mayans and Aztecs. Europeans began writi…

    Karo Syrup

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You can relax. In the past, Karo syrup did contain botulism spores, but hasn't for years now. They changed to a new manufacturing process because of just those concerns -- even th…

    Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem
    Allergic to Bread? A Hidden Problem

    Pizza, macaroni, bread, crackers, cereals, and spaghetti are among many children's favorite foods. These foods and many others can be sources of gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, and barley). When …

    Gas Pains
    Gas Pains

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The peak age for gas pains or discomfort for children is 3 to 6 weeks. The extra gas usually comes from swallowing air, which may lead to crying, which may lead to swallowing more…

    GERD and Pyloric Stenosis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Normally, when we eat, food passes from our mouths to our stomachs through a tube called the esophagus. When food or acid in the s…

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

    Introduction to vomiting: It tugs at our hearts to hear our children retch, to watch them vomit, and to feel helpless to make it go away. Vomiting is intense. It grabs our attention, and it's intended…

    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…

    Baby crying while being fed. Could it be Gastroesophageal Reflux?
    Gastroesophageal Reflux: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to gastroesophageal reflux: GE reflux wears many faces. You might see a baby who spits up all the time...an adult with heartburn...a child who won't gain weight...an unhappy toddler...a c…

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

    Introduction: As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see when her diaper is changed. During the diaper years, the stools undergo several change…

    Baby sleeping on his father's arm and hand, in a position to help colic.
    Colic: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to colic: It usually strikes toward the end of a long day, when your baby is just about at the age when your sleep deprivation has really begun to set in. Your baby stops being the quiet,…

    Colic and Apple Juice
    Colic and Apple Juice

    Dr. Greene's take on colic and apple juice... Colic is often defined by the rule of threes - crying more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. Parents usually report incr…

    Asthma and Reflux
    Asthma and Reflux

    If your child has asthma, you should consider whether your child might also have reflux. More evidence of the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux and asthma was published in the April 2002 is…

    Big News: Reflux and Ear Infections? !!!
    Big News: Reflux and Ear Infections? !!!

    Chronic ear infections are a frustrating problem for many young children. A study published in the February 9, 2002 issue of The Lancet suggests a dramatic new approach to dealing with ear infections.…

    Pyloric Stenosis -- Avoiding Inevitable Surgery?
    Pyloric Stenosis — Avoiding Inevitable Surgery?

    Many babies spit up. A few, though, gradually eject larger quantities of breastmilk or formula until they are barely keeping anything down. This can be caused by a condition called pyloric stenosis, w…

    Reflux Tests

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A barium swallow or an Upper GI x-ray can make the diagnosis of reflux -- if the child happens to reflux during the snapshot. A ragged esophageal lining is sometimes seen between …

    The D3 Cycle
    The D3 Cycle

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Having the belly fill up with stool is more common than most people think. The scenario is so common that I created my own name for the downward spiral that leads to it. I call it…

    Gastric Outlet Obstruction

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With my first child I had to change shirts several times a day, he spit up so often. For kids who spit up, the average time to outgrow messy episodes is 7 months. I'm glad your da…