Cleaning the Penis with Intact Foreskin
    Cleaning the Penis with Intact Foreskin

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: Today in the office, a great mom asked me about her son's newly acquired habit of licking garden snails. Little boys often have a very different sense of hygiene than their mother…

    Breast Buds
    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, …

    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. Thes…

    Lactose-free Milk
    Lactose-free Milk

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm glad about your decision to breast feed your baby. Although breast feeding can pose challenges (and joys), it is still true that mother's milk is the perfect food for babies. …

    Apnea of Infancy

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'll never forget the night my firstborn son came home from the hospital. Earlier that day, while in my arms in the labor and delivery suite, he had stopped breathing for what see…

    Asian Baby girl dressed in bright colors. Appropriate age for DPT vaccine.
    DPT Vaccine

    Dr.Greene's Answer: A beautiful little girl was perfectly healthy until 3 days following her DPT vaccine injection when she developed a high fever, screaming, and convulsions. After the episode subsid…

    Newborn Screening Tests

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In the first hours of life, a baby experiences so many things for the very first time. She finally has the opportunity to see the mother whose voice has been keeping her company f…

    Stress Hormones and Premature Babies
    Stress Hormones and Premature Babies

    Dr. Greene's Answer: "Why" questions are often the most interesting and the most rewarding. They are also among the most difficult to answer. Your observations are correct -- premature children who ha…

    Failure to Thrive

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A child is failing to thrive when she is not growing at the expected rate for her age, or if her weight is disproportionately low compared to her height and head circumference. A …

    Possible Causes of Failure to Thrive
    Possible Causes of Failure to Thrive

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When I see a new baby in my office for her first visit, her parents often get more excited about finding out their child's weight than just about anything else. The scale becomes …

    Frequent Feeding

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Thank you for your comments. As I am sure you have noticed, there are as many opinions on breast feeding and timing as there are advisors. This is appropriate, since each mother-i…

    Baby breastfeeding benefits are numerous.
    Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I applaud the critical thinking and intellectual curiosity of these scientists. When immunoglobulins were first discovered in breast milk, the appealing and simple conclusion was …

    The Essential Components of Breast Milk
    The Essential Components of Breast Milk

    There are a number of breastmilk components that are extremely beneficial to babies' development. Many of these cannot be found in formula. (more…)…

    Asleep All Day, Up All Night
    Asleep All Day, Up All Night

    Dr. Greene's Answer: During the later part of pregnancy, each baby develops her own sleep/wakefulness rhythm. You can get a good idea of what this rhythm is by the baby's activity patterns. Some babie…

    Craniosynostosis
    Craniosynostosis

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: In the last few years there has been an increase in a condition that mimics craniosynostosis. This has resulted in an increase in major surgery on infants, some of it unnecessary.…

    Infant Formula Considerations

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Breast milk is the best and safest form of nutrition for infants. Infants and breast milk are designed for each other. Infant formula has been developed to substitute for breast m…

    Treating Thrush

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In otherwise healthy children, thrush is a self-limited condition, usually resolving within a month from its first appearance. No treatment is required. Even though it will improv…

    Managing Constipation And Spit-up
    Managing Constipation And Spit-up

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Congratulations on number 3! On average, parents are the most exhausted when their third child is 4-6 weeks old (no matter how many kids they end up having). I guess that means yo…

    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes
    A Parent’s Guide To Diaper Rashes

    There are a surprising number of different types of diaper rashes (that respond best to different types of treatments). Skin wetness is the common denominator underlying these various causes of diaper…

    Breast Infections
    Breast Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: First of all, may I say that I applaud your efforts to continue nursing your baby, even when it is painful. Nursing has a powerful, positive impact on a baby's health. By the time…