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…

    A Gift from the EPA
    A Gift from the EPA

    The percentage of people with asthma has doubled in the last decade, and quadrupled since 1973. Asthma has become the most common chronic medical condition in children. To help those with asthma, alle…

    Airplanes, Oxygen, and Children
    Airplanes, Oxygen, and Children

    In just a few hours, I will be boarding another airplane. Typically, commercial airplanes fly at an altitude of about 38,000 feet. The cabin is pressurized to make it safe and comfortable at that extr…

    Crippling Our Children
    Crippling Our Children

    What can take otherwise vibrant, healthy teens and permanently give them the lung capacities of 50-year-olds? Air pollution! Perhaps spare the air days should be called spare the children days. The ai…

    Cough Season
    Cough Season

    We all want to help a coughing child. But a big difference looms between what should happen and what does happen when kids have bronchitis and other cough illnesses. Even though overall antibiotic use…

    Asthma and SARS
    Asthma and SARS

    There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways i…

    Disease – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    Disease – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

    Definition: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia, resulting in acute respiratory distress and sometimes death. It is a dramatic example of how quickly world travel c…

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

    Introduction: Our airways are designed to be responsive to harmful substances in the air. If we walk through clouds of smoke, our airways will shrink, protecting our delicate lung tissues from the nox…

    Parvovirus B19
    Parvovirus B19: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to parvovirus: If anything comes to mind when parents hear the word "parvovirus," it's usually something to do with dogs or cats. This makes sense. Parvoviruses have long been known to be…

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

    Introduction to bronchiolitis: Worried parents stand over the crib, listening to their baby cough and struggle to breathe. He may have bronchiolitis. Most parents have heard of pneumonia or bronchitis…

    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to a common cold: It's called the "common cold" for a reason. Your child will probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Most kids have had eight to ten colds by their secon…

    Snoring!
    Snoring!

    Parents are quick to mention some things to their pediatrician: fevers, seizures, bleeding. Snoring is another important symptom that your child's doctor needs to know about, though it often goes unre…

    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage
    Air Pollution, Asthma, and Lung Damage

    We know that children who live in areas with excess air pollution have higher rates of asthma and other lung diseases. A study presented at the November 2001 annual meeting of the Radiological Society…

    Pertussis Alive and Well
    Pertussis Is Actually Still Alive and Well

    I have spoken with several parents who believed that pertussis, orwhooping cough, isa disease of the past. Nevertheless, itis a common cause of chronic cough illness in adults and older children. I…

    Children with Asthma Miss Out
    Children with Asthma Miss Out

    We know what to do, but we are not doing it!Asthmais a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. Inflammation can cause ongoing damage. Albuterol helps children breath better for the moment, but do…

    Asthma and Cars
    Asthma and Cars

    The 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta provided a unique opportunity for CDC researchers to study the link between automobile traffic, air quality, and asthma. To minimize Atlanta traffic, the city …

    Does RSV Cause Asthma?
    Does RSV Cause Asthma?

    In the Northern Hemisphere it's the season for respiratory illnesses. Children with RSV bronchiolitis usually wheeze. Often these same children go on to develop asthma. My hunch has been that RSV does…

    What is Pertussis?
    What is Pertussis?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Pertussis, or whooping cough, which once ravaged children around the world, is again on the rise. Worldwide, about 300,000 people die from the disease each year. Global travel can…

    Pertussis Vaccination

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm so glad you asked about pertussis vaccination. Let me share a story. I stood outside the closed door of the hospital room where an adorable 6-week-old baby lay all alone in he…

    Pertussis Exposure

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Almost all adults are susceptible to pertussis, or whooping cough. Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begin…