Red hot water bottle on a belly. Leaky gut.
    October 3, 2018
    How to Spot Leaky Gut Syndrome in Kids – and How to Encourage Healing

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about a condition called “leaky gut”. Some common signs and symptoms may include chronic congestion, eczema, and ongoing digestive discomfort. So if it is leaky…

    Variety of Packaged Snack Foods which can lead to bad eating habits.
    August 20, 2018
    A Guide To Breaking Your Bad Eating Habits

    Does everyone in your family sit together at the dining table for a meal? If your answer is ‘no’, that’s probably not the only bad eating habit you are indulging in. Do you love turning on the T…

    Red Blood Cells - Decreasing iron Supplements
    August 5, 2018
    Oops. Decreasing iron supplements to every other day.

    For years the standard way to give iron supplements was one dose a day. But when iron supplements are given to treat iron deficiency, only a small amount of the iron is actually absorbed -- 2% to 28% …

    Delicious looking pizza with cheese and egg. How do food sensitive families deal?
    January 15, 2017
    Tips for Food Sensitive Families

    Learning that a food may be the root cause of your child’s discomfort may bring both relief and uncertainty. Here we review three common food sensitivities and offer nutritious alternatives to help …

    Healthy Holiday Meal
    November 23, 2016
    Here’s to a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

    As the leaves change colors and the weather starts turning colder, we can breathe in the crisp, chilled air and smell the beginning of the holiday season. Especially for our children, gearing up for t…

    Mother holding toddler while trying to work at a computer. She has the far away look of a Zombie Mom.
    October 27, 2016
    Confessions of a Zombie Mom

    My youngest is now 21. Over lunch recently he told me I was looking more alive these days. I agreed that during his growing up years, I hadn’t taken very good care of myself, even pulling all-nighte…

    June 23, 2016
    The Straight Scoop on Grains

    Dr. Greene's take on healthy whole grains... What popular kids' food starts to turn to sugar in their mouth and becomes 100% glucose by the time it's absorbed? You guessed it, processed white flour. B…

    March 7, 2016
    Recommended Probiotics for Kids

    Promoting healthy, diverse gut bacteria appears able to make a big difference in keeping us healthy. That’s why I often recommend probiotics for the kids in my pediatric practice. This is especially…

    Little girl eating ice cream. Does dairy contribute to childhood gut health?
    March 7, 2016
    Childhood Gut Health: Facts and Fiction

    Let's take a look at common misconceptions and offer a fresh perspective on children’s gut health for parents. Here are three childhood gut health myths that need to be busted. MYTH 1: Lactose into…

    Baby and mom laying on a bed. Baby is exploring mom's nose with her mouth. How does that change the baby biome?
    March 4, 2016
    Peeking into a Baby Biome

    [caption id="attachment_62408" align="alignnone" width="508"] Figure 1: Molly McAndrew and her mother.[/caption] Meet one-month-old baby girl Molly Aspen McAndrew. She’s a healthy infant whose first…

    Discrete image of a child using the toilet. As parents, understanding poop is a great tool to understanding gut health.
    March 3, 2016
    Understanding Poop: What Your Child’s Poop Can Tell You About Gut Health

    For parents looking to get a better handle on their child’s gut health, the bathroom is a good place to start! Poop will vary from child to child and day to day depending on what they eat, but the s…

    Mosaic of a hamburger using only pills to illustrate the antibiotic scorecard.
    September 15, 2015
    Antibiotic Scorecard: 1 Easy Way to Change the World for Your Child

    Your choice of chain restaurants could help make a profound difference. Thanks to the help of some impressive organizations, we now have an antibiotic Scorecard to help us along the way. Antibiotic ov…

    September 14, 2015
    From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?

    Dr. Greene's take on a picky eater... Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there's even a…

    Dr. Alan Greene Headshot with video arrow over image.
    June 10, 2015
    Easy Ways to Increase Healthy Omega-3s in Your Child’s Diet

    When MsGreene was pregnant with my youngest in 1995, she craved tuna sandwiches. She could tell you where there was a good one within a mile of just about anywhere we normally visited. Her body was t…

    May 26, 2015
    How Vitamins, Sunshine and Antibiotics Have Changed Things for Your Kids

    I grew up eating very different food than my children eat. I'm not just talking about different items on the menu, but an apples-to-apples comparison of the same foods shows a substantial difference i…

    Vegetables and nut butter wrapped to make vegan shshi.
    March 13, 2015
    The Post Pasteurian Era: A broader approach to nuturing our microbiome

    Interest in the role of bacteria and our health exploded once scientists mapped the human microbiome in 2013. Humans co-evolved with microbes, so it follows that microbes impact everything from immune…

    Fresh bunches of carrots with stems.
    March 11, 2015
    Bugs For Sale: The role of probiotics, prebiotics & synbiotics in gut health

     Who knew that in the 21st century we would become so preoccupied with bacteria? Long considered a lower life form, scientists today consider these microorganisms highly evolved, with elaborate syste…

    Making homemade yogurt from raw organic milk.
    March 10, 2015
    The Right Kind of “Clean” Eating: A call to consume enough beneficial bacteria

    Consumers and health professionals alike sit at a crossroads, caught between minimizing risk of food contamination and cultivating a healthy and diverse population of gut microbes.   Too many of the…

    Kitchen with a jar of homemade sauerkraut.
    March 8, 2015
    The Postpastuerian Era: We need to learn to live with microbes, not merely try to eradicate them

    Research tells us that we have co-evolved with microbial communities and that they are integrated in every facet of our biology. Yet we consciously--and sometimes inadvertently--destroy them or try to…

    Tray of bright red strawberries.
    March 3, 2015
    How to Get Kids to Love Veggies – #LTKH

    Each Monday night we host #LTKH Tweet chat. #LTKH is the hashtag for Let's Talk Kids' Health. The format is simple, @DrGreene, @MsGreene or a guest host interviews a guest expert and everyone is in…