Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes
    May 14, 1999
    Bidis are more Dangerous than Cigarettes

    Dr. Greene's Anwser: Bidis are all the rage among teens. It is estimated that 3% of high school students and 2% of middle school students smoke them regularly. Dessert and smoking literally rolled int…

    Avoiding Salmonella - Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets
    April 1, 1999
    Avoiding Salmonella – Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets

    Dr. Greene's advice on how to avoid salmonella when you have reptiles as pets: As a child, I enjoyed keeping pet turtles, frogs, lizards, and snakes (and many, more cuddly, pets). But some children wh…

    Guidelines for Germ Prevention
    March 16, 1999
    Guidelines for Germ Prevention

    Minimizing the number of disease-causing germs that you are exposed to is easier than you might think. The key to success is knowing where the bugs reside – at home and elsewhere – and what to use…

    January 27, 1999
    The Dangers of Inhaled Aerosols or Huffing

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Teens don't remember what it was like when they were babies, but their parents remember. We remember rocking them to sleep and the intimacy of feeding. We remember later when we h…

    Fast Facts about Huffing
    January 27, 1999
    Fast Facts about Huffing

    "Huffing," or inhaling volatile substances, is becoming increasingly popular among children, especially among 12- to 14-year-olds (Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1998;152(8):781--786).…

    Laser Pointers and Eyes
    December 28, 1998
    Laser Pointers and Eyes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) pointer is a device that transforms ordinary light into an extremely intense and nearly non-divergent beam of lig…

    Laser Pointers
    December 28, 1998
    Laser Pointers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This question was posed to me by two of the Charter Members of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology. During a wonderful evening with John Goble, MD, and Joan Goble,…

    Small batteries pose and issue for children. Battery safety is important.
    March 9, 1998
    Battery Safety

    Dr. Greene's Answer: How agonizing for the parents to watch their daughter suffer so! And over a tragedy that came so close to not being a problem. Babies love to explore the world with their mouths. …

    Tips for Where to Find Information on Car Seats
    September 2, 1997
    Tips for Where to Find Information on Car Seats

    Excellent information on car seats (including approved models) for premature babies through older children is available from the Academy of Pediatrics. Another great resource is the website of the Nat…

    Kid's feet hanging out the window of a car as seen in a rear view mirror. All kids should use a safety seat until they are 57" tall.
    September 2, 1997
    Safety Seats for Older Children

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: All children who have outgrown their convertible safety seats should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat that uses a combination lap/shoulder belt until they are about 57 inch…

    Tips for Car Travel with Toddlers
    May 5, 1997
    Tips for Car Travel with Toddlers

    Dr. Greene's advice on car travel with little ones... Try to stay as close as possible to your normal routine in terms of meal times and sleeping times. (more…)…

    Fast Facts about Sun and our Eyes
    March 17, 1997
    Fast Facts about Sun and our Eyes

    One of the great wonders of the human body is the ability of damaged cells to be repaired or replaced. Red blood cells, for instance, live for about 120 days. Each day, about 1% of your red blood cell…

    Tips for Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries
    March 3, 1997
    Tips for Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries

    Children's flexible bodies are in some ways more forgiving than those of adults. My kids can easily sit on the floor in positions that would give me backaches. For most children, it would take many mo…

    March 3, 1997
    Ergonomic Safety

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When Goldilocks entered the house of the 3 bears, she was quick to recognize when the porridge was "too hot" or the chair was "too big" for someone her size. She had the good fort…

    Baby Walkers
    November 13, 1996
    Baby Walkers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children between 6 and 12 months old have a powerful urge to move across the floor. When they are placed in baby walkers, most of them squeal with delight, and are happily enterta…

    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine
    September 12, 1996
    Fast Facts about the DTaP Vaccine

    The DTaP vaccine is a newer version of the older DPT vaccine. DTaP is designed to immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. (more…)…

    Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure
    June 14, 1996
    Tips for Avoiding Damage from Sun Exposure

    Even though skin cancer occurs in adults, the serious skin cancers are caused by the radiation damage (particularly the sunburns) that occurred in our youth. Children are at the highest risk for sun d…

    May 9, 1996
    Limiting Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You are wise, Jennifer, to be concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke. Many people think of passive smoke exposure as a minor issue, and that those who are concerned are b…

    Recognizing Sexual Abuse
    April 12, 1996
    Recognizing Sexual Abuse

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Some of the most poignant episodes of my pediatric training were long visits with children victimized by sexual abuse. I vividly remember sitting with tears streaming down my face…

    Toy soldiers made of lead -- How much lead is safe?
    February 23, 1996
    How Much Lead is Safe?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In that tiny paint chip, the past and the future intersect. A generation ago in that same space, a couple stood in a freshly painted apartment, perhaps with a young child. Now tha…