The How and When of Skin Protection
    August 18, 2004
    The How and When of Skin Protection

    How and when sun damage occurs to children's skin may surprise you. Many parents know that in the United States alone more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed in adults each year, resulting from…

    West Nile Virus 2004
    June 11, 2004
    West Nile Virus 2004

    Along with nice weather, West Nile virus is arriving for the summer. On June 8, the first 2004 case of West Nile virus in California was reported. Other cases had already been found in people in Arizo…

    Sticks and Stones, or Soda and TV?
    September 19, 2003
    Sticks and Stones, or Soda and TV?

    Kids are breaking their bones in unprecedented numbers. From the early 1970’s to the early 2000’s, broken forearms in children have increased by a striking 40 percent, according to data published …

    Taking a Newborn Outside
    January 28, 2003
    Taking a Newborn Outside

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Being outside can be great at this age if she does not get too hot, too cold, or too much sun exposure. The concern with being around other people is catching infections, which yo…

    January 22, 2003
    Soothing a Sunburn

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With sunburn or any other burn, there can be ongoing damage as long as the skin is hot, so cooling off is wise, such as in a lukewarm bath. Some dermatologists recommend cold milk…

    January 20, 2003
    West Nile Virus

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The West Nile virus (WNV) can be scary, but even in places where it has been appearing for a few years, the number of people who get it is very, very tiny. Thankfully, the majorit…

    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage
    January 17, 2002
    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage

    Roller coasters are fun! Nevertheless, a study in the January 2002 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine reported a disturbing trend in the rate of thrill ride injuries. (more…)…

    Safe Swimming?!
    May 30, 2001
    Safe Swimming?!

    Memorial Day Weekend. Picnics. Hot weather. Summer fun. To keep swimming safe and fun, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging parents to teach their children not to swallow poo…

    Lyme Disease Vaccine
    January 18, 2000
    Lyme Disease Vaccine

    The newly approved Lyme disease vaccine is not yet proven safe and effective for children under age 15, although the vaccine looks promising for children in studies currently underway. (more…)…

    Snow Sledding Safety
    October 19, 1999
    Snow Sledding Safety

    I well remember speeding down a hill near my childhood home on my trusty sled. Two suggestions can make this thrill a safer one for kids. (more…)…