Lead Poisoning is More Common Than You Think!
    December 21, 1999
    Lead Poisoning is More Common Than You Think!

    U.S. News featured an article on lead poisoning. Most people aren't aware that lead is the most significant environmental health hazard for US children.  More than one in 25 American children have bl…

    Teens are getting the message
    November 20, 1999
    Teens are getting the message

    Teens are getting the message. Not long ago, even teens that never used drugs felt that most of the cool kids did. The 12th annual survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, released Nov…

    Gun Safety
    November 18, 1999
    Gun Safety

    Bang! Around the world, someone' s young child is killed with a loaded gun every few minutes. This is one of the leading causes of death in children. The problem is worst in countries like the United …

    More Safety Reminders
    November 16, 1999
    More Safety Reminders

    Dr. Gaylord Lopez of the Georgia Poison Center has mused about new poisoning dangers on the horizon. His concern: the new great tasting flavors of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen overdose is al…

    Household Poison Safety Reminder
    November 15, 1999
    Household Poison Safety Reminder

    At the 1999 BabyFaire in Atlanta, I spoke with Dr. Gaylord Lopez, Director of the Georgia Poison Center. We spoke about the dangers of "look-alike" poisons in the home. He related the story of an unfo…

    They Can Die With the First Try
    October 29, 1999
    They Can Die With the First Try

    October is Child Health Month, and in 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics' focused on educating parents and children about huffing - the dangerous practice of inhaling fumes (aerosols, glues, pai…

    The Return of Thalidomide
    October 22, 1999
    The Return of Thalidomide

    Thalidomide, the drug that was prescribed to relieve morning sickness in the late 1950's and early 1960's, caused a worldwide epidemic of severe birth defects. The drug is not kind to certain growing …

    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…)…

    Safety of Side Impact Airbags
    October 18, 1999
    Safety of Side Impact Airbags

    Side impact air bags can seriously injure or kill children, even though they make cars safer for adults. In October 1999 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an advisory…

    Beltless on the Bus!
    September 24, 1999
    Beltless on the Bus!

    This morning I watched a school bus full of children stop suddenly. Because it was a school bus, the kids were not wearing seat belts. Should this be changed? The National Transportation Safety Board …

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    September 10, 1999
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    You can't see it. You can't smell it. You can't taste it. You can't feel it. But it is responsible for more poisoning deaths in the United States each year than anything but heroin. What is it? (more&…

    Alzheimer's? Another Pediatric Disease
    September 3, 1999
    Alzheimer’s? Another Pediatric Disease

    The events that result in adult diseases often occur during childhood. The risk of osteoporosis later in life, for instance, is related to the amount of calcium someone receives in childhood. What abo…

    Do Bike Helmets Work?
    September 2, 1999
    Do Bike Helmets Work?

    When children topple off a bike, helmets can save their brains -- cutting the risk of head injury by 80%. But some helmeted children still get brain damage. Why? One study has found that those who wea…

    Treating Animal Bites
    August 31, 1999
    Treating Animal Bites

    Dr. Greene's take on treating animal bites... Pets can be fun and therapeutic - we have an adorable new puppy in our home - but they can also be a source of injury. Pediatric News, the leading indepen…

    When a Smashed Finger Requires a Doctor’s Attention
    August 13, 1999
    When a Smashed Finger Requires a Doctor’s Attention

    Dr. Greene's take on when a doctor needs to look at a smashed finger... In the great flurry of childhood activity (don't you wish you had some of their energy?), smashed fingers and toes are common an…

    Treating Smashed Fingers
    August 13, 1999
    Treating Smashed Fingers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Slam! Smash! Slam! I vividly remember three separate finger-in-the-door episodes from my childhood. In one instance I was the culprit, inadvertently slamming a door on my friend F…

    Disposable Diapers
    August 9, 1999
    Disposable Diapers

    In our online community, someone inquired about a baby who had eaten some of the gel out of her diaper. I was pleased to answer this query, but I want to be sure that every parent and grandparent and …

    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides
    August 4, 1999
    EPA Bans Fruit & Vegetable Pesticides

    In August 1999, the United States Environmental Protection Agency made a truly historic move by banning certain uses of two organophosphate pesticides commonly used on fruit and vegetables in order to…

    Trampolines and Summer Fun!
    July 28, 1999
    Trampolines and Summer Fun!

    I fondly remember summer evenings spent jumping on the big trampoline in my neighbor's yard. I also remember the flashing lights as an ambulance carried away an injured friend. (more…)…

    Don't use that vaccine!
    July 23, 1999
    Don’t use that vaccine!

    A public health advisory issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics now warns against giving children rotavirus vaccine because it might cause a rare condition called intussusception. (more…)…