Separation Anxiety and Object Permanence
    August 12, 2002
    Separation Anxiety and Object Permanence

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Separation anxiety coincides with a new intellectual skill called object permanence--the ability to remember objects and specific people that are not present. Your baby can now c…

    How Much Should Baby Eat?
    May 2, 2002
    How Much Should Baby Eat?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Msfho, I speak with parents all over the world who express concern that their babies are eating too little – or too much. Some parents think that 90th percentile is an ‘A’ a…

    Brains and Babbling
    September 7, 2001
    Brains and Babbling

    Dr. Greene's take on baby babbling... Conventional wisdom teaches that babies’ babbling is just the happy accident of babies’ opening and closing their mouths and jaws, and learning how to use the…

    Soft Spots
    January 12, 2001
    Soft Spots

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A wall of bone protects your baby's brain; but at the “soft spot,” only soft, squishy tissue separates the brain from the traumas of the outside world. The soft spot seems so …

    DiGeorge Anomaly
    February 18, 1999
    DiGeorge Anomaly

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It boggles my mind. The development of a single fertilized egg into the trillion-fold complexities of a crying newborn baby with absolutely unique fingerprints and toeprints amaze…

    Speech Delay
    February 16, 1998
    Speech Delay

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What magic it is to gaze into the eyes of a newborn at a quiet moment, and to watch her gazing back at you! Irina, you are at the beginning stages of another magical time: when yo…

    Seeing Color
    December 29, 1997
    Seeing Color

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: The dazzling experience of color begins when light strikes a canvas of tightly-packed nerve cells in the back of the eye. These rods and cones, as they are commonly called, fire a…

    Tongue-Tie and Surgery
    November 3, 1997
    Tongue-Tie and Surgery

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When most people hear the term "tongue-tied", they picture someone nervous, stammering, and at a loss for words. Tongue-tie isn't just a cartoon caricature or picturesque descript…

    September 15, 1997
    Umbilical Hernias

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I used to scoff at "navel gazing," or contemplating one's navel. It wasn't until I was studying fetal development in medical school that my own belly button became a source of won…

    Large Anterior Fontanels
    August 25, 1997
    Large Anterior Fontanels

    Dr. Greene's Answer: At birth, babies' soft spots come in a very wide range of sizes. If the soft spot is small, it will usually enlarge over the first several months. Conversely, large ones tend to g…

    Anterior Fontanel (Soft Spot)
    August 25, 1997
    Anterior Fontanel (Soft Spot)

    Dr. Greene's Answer: How crazy-making! The message you are left with is, "Don't worry, but your son might be developmentally delayed -- and it's your responsibility to pick up on the clues." No wonder…

    Anterior Fontanel
    August 25, 1997
    Anterior Fontanel

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The anterior fontanel, or soft spot on a baby's skull, is a cause of concern for many parents. Elsewhere, the baby's brain is protected by a wall of bone; here only soft, squishy …

    May 19, 1997
    Polydactyly

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Often I've heard expectant parents say, "I'll be happy as long as she has five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot." Extra fingers and toes, however, are relatively co…

    May 19, 1997
    Polydactylism

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Polydactylism, or having one or more extra fingers or toes, is probably the most common abnormality of development found at birth. Polydactylism is reported in about 2 per 1000 ch…

    Normal Growth
    January 30, 1997
    Normal Growth

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Childhood is a magical time. What is the essence of childhood? Is it wonder? Innocence? Security? . . . The essence of childhood is growth. Growth defines childhood for all specie…

    Breast Buds
    January 30, 1997
    Breast Buds

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Several times throughout childhood, Amy, there are situations where the past and future collide. No, not collide really. It's more like a double-exposed photograph with the past, …

    January 30, 1997
    Infant Breast Buds

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Just before a child is born, a burst of the mother’s hormones is passed to them. This is one of the finishing touches preparing their lungs to breathe air when they are born. Th…

    Baby Walkers
    November 13, 1996
    Baby Walkers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children between 6 and 12 months old have a powerful urge to move across the floor. When they are placed in baby walkers, most of them squeal with delight, and are happily enterta…

    Handling a Clingy Baby
    June 6, 1996
    Handling a Clingy Baby

    Dr. Greene's tips on how to handle a clingy baby: Many children go through a stage when they strongly prefer one parent to every other person in the world. One common pattern is for them to noticeably…

    Surprised baby missing parent. Clingy children.
    June 6, 1996
    Clingy Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Calling yourself a working mother is an under-statement! All mothers work, but when you work outside the home as well, you are holding down two different kinds of jobs. For many m…