Clarithromycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Biaxin on the label. It comes as liquid, tablets, or extended…

    Amoxicillin
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin

    Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. It does not help in viral infections such as a cold or flu. It’s often called “the pink stuff…

    Cefdinir
    June 18, 2009
    Cefdinir

    Cefdinir is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Omnicef on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of ant…

    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate

    Amoxicillin-clavulanate is a strong combination antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. The clavulanate makes it difficult for some resistant bacteria to wit…

    Cefuroxime
    June 18, 2009
    Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Ceftin on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of an…

    ADHD Drugs Disappoint Down the Road
    March 30, 2009
    ADHD Drugs Disappoint Down the Road

    Almost 40 million prescriptions were written last year for ADHD drugs in the US alone. Parents deserve to know if these drugs won’t improve the long-term success of their children. They also deserve…

    Medication Use Up in Children
    November 4, 2008
    Medication Use Up in Children

    What should we do? Since 2002, chronic prescription medication use in children 5 to 19 years old has skyrocketed, according to a study in the November 2008 Pediatrics. Leading the way, prescriptions f…

    Alternatives to Cold Medicines
    October 27, 2008
    Alternatives to Cold Medicines

    When the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with their recommendation against cold medicines for children under the age of 6, parents started searching for alternatives. The good news is that fam…

    Cold Medicine for Your Kids
    October 22, 2008
    Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Last year an advisory panel of independent experts convened by the FDA recommended that the FDA ban popular over-the-counter oral decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants for children unde…

    Fever Meds
    September 10, 2008
    Fever Meds

    Dr. Greene's take on which fever meds to use for your child... If you want to bring down a fever in a child, is it better to use acetaminophen, ibuprofen, a combination of both, or neither? Acetaminop…

    Steroids, Asthma and Bones
    July 16, 2008
    Steroids, Asthma and Bones

    Sometimes accepting some side effects can help prevent worse side effects. We know that when a child is having an ongoing asthma attack, taking oral steroids for a few days can help turn the corner by…

    Steriods, Asthma and Bones
    July 16, 2008
    Steroids, Asthma and Bones

    Dr. Greene's take on the effect of steroids on bones... Sometimes accepting some side effects can help prevent worse side effects. We know that when a child is having an ongoing asthma attack, taking …

    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids
    July 9, 2008
    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drug…

    Choosing a Green Pediatrician
    April 28, 2008
    Choosing a Green Pediatrician

    As you did when choosing an ob/gyn, you want to find a pediatrician who is top-notch medically. How much better if he or she is also on the journey to an environmentally sustainable perspective on ped…

    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt
    January 23, 2008
    Seawater, With a Grain of Salt

    Washing the nasal passages with a saline solution is better than OTC cold meds both at treating and preventing common colds, according to a study published in the January 2008 Archives of Otolaryngolo…

    How Much Dark Honey for Cough
    December 5, 2007
    How Much Dark Honey for Cough?

    Nighttime cough is rough for kids and for parents. I’m not surprised that people spend billions of dollars on over-the-counter cough remedies, even though the most common ingredient, dextromethorpha…

    Tonsils, Time, Throats, and Outcomes
    November 21, 2007
    Tonsils, Time, Throats, and Outcomes

    Taking out the tonsils for throat infections isn’t nearly as common as it used to be, but tonsillectomy remains one of the most common operations in kids. When is the procedure worth it? When might …

    When Teens Are Depressed
    October 17, 2007
    When Teens Are Depressed

    About 5 percent of children become clinically depressed at some point during the transition to adulthood. Depression is a burden both for the adolescents and their families and carries a number of ris…

    The Ponseti Method for Club Foot Treatment
    September 25, 2006
    The Ponseti Method for Club Foot Treatment

    I recently received a wonderful letter from the mother of a 10-month-old boy who had been born with a left clubfoot. She wanted to be sure I would let parents everywhere know about a gentle, effective…

    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections
    September 15, 2006
    Ear Drops for Some Ear Infections

    If fluid from the middle ear space is draining out of the ear in a child with an acute ear infection (acute otitis media), there must be an opening in the eardrum - the air-tight membrane that separat…