CT Scans - Normal head CT image.
    CTs, MRIs, Ultrasounds: Differences, Risk & Benefits

    What is a CT Scan? A machine whirs in an arc around a patient, snapping a rapid-fire series of x-rays from different angles. These x-ray snapshots are combined by a computer to produce virtual cross-s…

    Toddler in a kayak on a beautiful river. He's wearing a life jacket for boating safety.
    Rowboats, Kayaks, Canoes, & Sailing: What parents need to know about boating safety

    When summer sets in, lots of families head to the beach, lake, pool, and even the pond to cool off and enjoy the fresh waters. There are those who don their snorkel masks for an underwater adventure w…

    A pile of button batteries. Swallowed button batteries can be a medical emergency.
    Swallowed Button Batteries and Honey?!

    Button battery ingestion is a big deal. So much so that The National Battery Ingestion Hotline (NBIH) was created in 1982 to study and advise best practices. They look at all types of batteries but sw…

    Parent's swinging a child between them as they walk. Pulling on a child's arm can cause nursemaid's elbow.
    Nursemaid’s Elbow

    Dr. Greene: What an ordeal, indeed. When a joint is out-of-place for that long, it's not unusual for a child to be sore the following day. It's a good sign your son is (thankfully!) again using his ar…

    Healthy Holiday Meal
    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…

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    Does my child have a concussion?

    A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head (or to another part of the body that jolts the head). Two members of my immediate family have had concussions in the last 3 months. …

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    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn't make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and tick…

    How Safe is your Water?

    What would you do if you woke up one morning and the water coming from your tap was poisoned? You wouldn't be able to drink, cook or bathe in it. That was the reality for over 100,000 families in West…

    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980's, the focus was on empowering kids to say "No" should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became clear to …

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month, an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a silent epidemic that harms our children: child sexual abuse. In the face of this epidemic, I believe we have to…

    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can …

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the…

    Moms, Aunts and Grandmas are Picking up the Phone

    Today thousands of people are coming together to make a call. They won't be calling their partner, doctor or friends. They're calling Congress. If you just rolled your eyes at the thought of calling C…

    Starting the Digital Citizenship Conversation

    The Oxford Dictionaries recently named "Selfie" their 2013 Word of the Year ? proof that technology is shaking things up and that devices, apps, and services aren't going anywhere fast. But even thoug…

    Talking to Teens about Waiting

    It's not that talk, don't worry. I mean waiting to post or share. We talk a lot about thinking before you post ? don't say something in the heat of the moment that you may regret later ? but do we eve…

    Helping Kids Build Media and Digital Literacies

    These days, kids don't just need to know how to read and write. Basic literacy isn't enough in the 21st century. Today, kids also need to understand how to evaluate and dissect the different types of …

    Understanding Teens, Privacy, and Online Identity

    Today's teens are easily the most private and reputation-focused of the age groups. Try getting a sixteen year old to explain their day as more than "fine" ? it's about as challenging as convincing th…

    Online Safety, Security, and Privacy: Talking to Kids about the Basics

    Cross the road without looking and you might get hit by a car. Touch a hot stove and it might really hurt. Kids are taught the basics of common sense early. But what about online safety? Are we teachi…

    Hooked On Cyber-Life: When Screen Time Replaces Family Time

    Digital addiction. I always hear about how parents believe their kids or teens are addicted to the Internet and especially their cell phones. The word addiction is usually related to substance abuse, …

    Being a Social Media Role Model and Mentor

    I often talk about parents and their part in leading by example, both online and off. Children are very impressionable and will often mimic their parents' habits?good and bad. Since online behavior ha…