Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness
    Southern tick-associated erythema migrans-like illness

    A new infectious disease has been described, having caused documented illnesses in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (Pediatric News. 33(7):12, 1999). This disease, transmitted vi…

    Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?
    Is It Empty Nest Time At Your House?

    When your child first packs up and heads off for college, it is a bittersweet moment. How horrible if meningitis were to make the separation permanent. College students get meningitis 2.6 times more o…

    Measles completely eliminated in USA
    Measles completely eliminated in USA

    When the measles vaccine was first introduced, the number of cases of the disease plummeted. But a few years ago, new outbreaks prompted a reevaluation of the vaccine. In some people the immunity had …

    Prenatal HIV Testing
    Prenatal HIV Testing: Is It Worth It?

    Dr. Greene's take on prenatal HIV testing... The number of babies born in the United States who are infected with HIV has dropped dramatically since 1992, according the August 17th, 1999 edition of th…

    What is Rotavirus?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Rotavirus refers to a group of viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea when they infect the small intestine. Rotaviruses are a global problem. They are the leading cause of both …

    Fast Facts about Rotaviruses
    Fast Facts about Rotaviruses

    Rotaviruses are the leading cause of both routine vomiting and diarrheal illnesses and of severe, life-threatening diarrhea in every country in the world. Click here to read more about rotaviruses. (m…

    Child playing on a swing in a jacket. This happy child does not have a Rotavirus Virus.
    Rotavirus Virus

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: As a pediatric resident, I spent my days (and nights) going from room to room, seeing one hospitalized child after another. It seemed so commonplace that it took several months fo…

    Avoiding Salmonella - Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets
    Avoiding Salmonella – Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets

    Dr. Greene's advice on how to avoid salmonella when you have reptiles as pets: As a child, I enjoyed keeping pet turtles, frogs, lizards, and snakes (and many, more cuddly, pets). But some children wh…

    Preventing Colds, Flus, and Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As an active pediatrician, I am exposed to every cold and flu virus in every daycare center in our community. Think about it! Sneezed on, slobbered on ? I even wind up examining p…

    Clean Hands
    Clean Hands

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In a recent study of 341 children's daycare centers, infrequent washing of children's or providers' hands after nose wiping, after diapering, before meals, and before food prepara…

    Tips For Cold, Cough, or Flu Prevention
    Tips For Cold, Cough, or Flu Prevention

    Infections can be avoided both by decreasing the exposure to germs and by boosting your child's immunity. Here are 6 powerful ways to decrease germ exposure: (more…)…

    Cold Air/Stuffy Nose
    Cold Air/Stuffy Nose

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Breathing cold air can trigger nasal congestion and even wheezing. Sometimes this is a purely physical effect and happens in two ways. First, cold air affects an important defense…

    Mycoplasma

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Mycoplasmas are the smallest free-living creatures ever discovered. Dwarfed by amoebas, they are smaller even than bacteria (or perhaps than "other bacteria"--sometimes they are c…

    Lingering Cough

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Picture a child who for 3 or 4 days feels ill with a fever and perhaps a headache. She doesn't have much of a runny nose, but a cough has developed. The cough has become increasin…

    Possible Causes Of Constant Illness In A 2-year-old

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm glad you have an appointment today. When kids get sick that often, it is wise to look into why. Allergies are a common reason for repeated infections. About 1/3 of kids with c…

    Kawasaki’s Disease

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A 3-year-old boy who loves trucks and ice cream is acting more irritable and easily frustrated than usual. Is this a phase--an echo of the "terrible twos"--or might he not be feel…

    Kawasaki Disease Defined
    Kawasaki Disease Defined

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kawasaki disease is an uncommon but important cause of fever in children. It was first noticed in Japanese children following World War II. While it is more common among the Japan…

    Antibiotic Overuse
    Antibiotic Overuse

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Parents, print this page and bring it with you to doctor visits. About 40% of the time kids see a doctor, they leave with a prescription for antibiotics. This astounding figure in…

    Guidelines for Antibiotic Use
    Guidelines for Antibiotic Use

    Recognizing the urgent problem of antibiotic overuse, in 1998 the Centers for Disease Control and the Academy of Pediatrics have issued guidelines for when to use (and when not to use) antibiotics for…

    Catching a Cold or Flu
    Catching a Cold or Flu

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When someone has a cold, the nasal secretions are teeming with cold viruses. Coughing, drooling, and talking are all unlikely ways to pass a cold. But sneezing, nose-blowing, and …