Child's Colorful Painting
    How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

    Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and their willingness to explore without fear. If you give toddlers a drum they immediately create rhythms on …

    Do Your Children Have Body-Safety Rules?

    We teach children numerous rules for being safe, from blowing on hot soup and using the cross walk to wearing a seat belt and riding with a helmet. But what about personal body safety around touch, pr…

    Developmental Screening

    The first few steps or words that a parent witnesses their child taking can be precious moments. However for some children, they may not come on time. Surveillance and screening during routine pediatr…

    Serve and Return

    The relationship that children have with their caregivers from an early age, as well as the stimuli that surround them, are integral to their overall developmental success and have been shown to have …

    The Benefits of Early Intervention

    The relationships that children have with their parents and caretakers are vital in enabling them to reach their full developmental potential. While our genes may lay down the foundation, it is the ex…

    Alan Greene as a boy in kentucy with father and grandfather
    Father: Past, Present, and Future

    Even before our babies are born, we are teaching them about the world around us. We communicate our choices, our values, even without thinking about it. They hear our voices, smell our aromas, and the…

    Plastic and Puberty
    Plastic and Puberty

    A new study has shown that brief exposures to bisphenol A (BPA) early in life can have a long lasting effect on reproductive hormones. BPA is a common ingredient in some plastics and resins that has b…

    Body Burden
    Body Burden

    This study features the largest number of chemicals ever tested for in the same group of people ? 210 chemicals were tested. The results were staggering ? each participant tested positive for an avera…

    Ages and Stages Evaluations

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Some. I take information from those evaluations as one piece of a much larger puzzle, and ask myself if there's anything I can learn from it--but I don't just take it at face valu…

    Self-Exploration
    Self-Exploration

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Some self-exploration is normal and healthy for girls and boys alike. Usually it is the pleasurable sensation they are enjoying, not some sexual fantasy. We get concerned if kids …

    Low Weight
    Low Weight

    Dr. Greene's Answer: An average weight for a 30-month-old boy is about 30 pounds. But anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds does not provoke concern, since 5 percent of healthy 30-month-old boys do weigh less…

    Frustrated little bly with diction problems.
    Diction Problems

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The best way to determine whether or not he has a diction problem would be for a doctor or speech therapist to hear him talk. But if he will not talk at the office, perhaps a vide…

    Child's hand playing with colorful toy showing physical development.
    Delayed Physical Development

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I can imagine how worrisome it would be to have concerns about your son's physical development and then to be told he should be evaluated by a neurologist. I have a few thoughts o…

    Growth and Lack of Appetite

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even most very picky eaters with low appetite get plenty of calories every day, but one of the reasons we follow growth curves is to be sure that is true for an individual child. …

    How Much Should a 6-Month Old Weigh?
    How Much Should a 6-Month Old Weigh?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Ashley, healthy babies come in many shapes and sizes. At six months, anywhere between 14 and 21 pounds is considered a healthy weight for boys. (Although, five percent of healthy …

    Photoscreening to Test the Vision of Babies, Toddlers, and Children with Developmental Delays
    Photoscreening to Test the Vision of Babies, Toddlers, and Children with Developmental Delays

    Dr. Greene's take on photoscreening... Cover one eye, and read these letters? Testing the vision of babies, toddlers, and children with developmental delays can be difficult and inaccurate. It's also …

    Imaginary Friends

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Imaginary friends are very common among children between 3 to 7 years old and usually not a problem ? as long as they don't interfere with carrying on normal life. It's best not t…

    Adolescents & Body Odor

    Dr. Greene's Answer: If you look at a classroom of 4th grade children or 8th grade children, you will quickly notice that children develop at very different rates. The differences depend partly on gen…

    When to Expect Oily Skin and Hair

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As with underarm odor and hair, oily skin and hair typically begins anytime after the 8th birthday in girls and the 9th in boys, though it is often not seen until much later. The …

    Development & Hygiene
    Development & Hygiene

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You might well know a boy who is developing faster than a girl of the same age, but on average girls do mature at a younger age than boys. There is some evidence that puberty may …