Toddler with big glasses sitting on a potty.
    February 9, 2018
    What’s Your Toddler’s Poop Telling You?

    Picture this scene: A mom walks into my office and pulls out her phone. She scrolls and turns the phone to face me. On the screen is a photo of a previously used diaper. She's concerned because when s…

    Better Late Than Early?
    April 14, 2003
    Better Late Than Early?

    When is the best age to start toilet learning in children? A study published in the April 2003 issue of Pediatrics reports that starting intensive toilet training before 27 monthsdid nothing to hasten…

    January 30, 2003
    Urine Odor

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The urine odor may very well be fine, but there are a couple of conditions associated with sugary urine. One is diabetes mellitus, which is extraordinarily unlikely at your baby's…

    January 29, 2003
    Bowel Movement Frequency

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As you suspect, Methyldopa does appear in breast milk in small amounts. This is not considered a reason not to take it during nursing, but is a reason to be on the lookout for pot…

    Diaper Crystals
    January 27, 2003
    Diaper Crystals

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Parents are often concerned when they find crystals in the diaper. By far the most common cause of these crystals is urate--something normally found in urine. And when the concent…

    January 25, 2003
    Formula and Diarrhea

    Dr. Greene's Answer: There are several reasons a child could develop mild diarrhea from a formula based on cow's milk. There could be an intolerance to one of the proteins or perhaps, rarely, to the l…

    January 23, 2003
    Stool Changes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Babies can experience many stool changes during the first eight weeks or so. First are the days of slow, sticky, meconium stools, but by the end of the first week, stooling speeds…

    Four year old boy refusing to eat his dinner. Stool holding reduces appetite.
    January 21, 2003
    Stool Holding

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As a result of stool holding, a child's appetite will drop. Kids can withhold stool for a variety of reasons, but one reason is something I call the "DDD cycle"--Discomfort-Dread-…

    Stool Consistency
    January 21, 2003
    Baby’s Stool Consistency & Formula

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In general, soy formulas tend to produce firmer stools than other formulas, so they can be a great choice during a bout with diarrhea. In fact, there is a soy formula called Isomi…

    January 20, 2003
    Loose Stools and Fiber

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What a great problem to have! The loose stools may just be a temporary sign that someone who was not getting enough fiber earlier, is now suddenly getting an appropriate amount. I…

    January 17, 2003
    Blood in Urine

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Fever, back pain, and bacteria in the urine means that the urinary tract infection is not just in the bladder (cystitis) but also in the kidney (pyleonephritis). When blood is sti…

    January 11, 2003
    Playing with Poop

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Many kids do go through a phase of finding poop fascinating. The goal is not to make it more so by reacting too strongly to it. Usually, the best way through this phase is to smil…

    Urine Color
    January 10, 2003
    Urine Color

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It is normal after a bad bout of diarrhea for the urine to be concentrated and dark while the child is getting more hydrated, but blood in the urine is something that should be ch…

    January 1, 2003
    Potty Struggles

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The way to move from diaper to potty for most strongly resistant kids is with little tiny steps--especially when there has already been so much emotional energy, pressure, and dis…

    November 4, 2002
    Vesicoureteral Reflux: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

     Introduction to vesicoureteral reflux: Antibiotics are overused. In recent years, we have become increasingly cautious about their misuse. When parents hear that long-term, daily antibiotics might b…

    Urinary Tract Infection – Cystitis
    November 4, 2002
    Urinary Tract Infection – Cystitis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to urinary tract infections: When adults get bladder infections, they typically report burning with urination. Young children, however, may not offer such easy clues. What is urinary trac…

    October 26, 2002
    Constipation: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see when her diaper is changed. During the diaper years, the stools undergo several change…

    March 4, 2002
    Urate Crystals

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Orange smudges are usually urate crystals. They are normal, soft, like tiny cubes of Jell-O -- sometimes smushed, and sometimes confused with drops of blood in the diaper. These a…

    August 7, 2001
    Fecal Incontinence

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This situation is much more common in normal, healthy, happy children than most people would guess. When kids begin to have trouble getting to the bathroom and then don't want oth…

    The D3 Cycle
    June 27, 2001
    The D3 Cycle

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Having the belly fill up with stool is more common than most people think. The scenario is so common that I created my own name for the downward spiral that leads to it. I call it…