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
    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?
    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…

    Lead Levels in Paint

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Lead levels in paints are measured in parts per million (ppm). You will need to find the concentration of lead in your paint to determine the level of risk. Currently, 600 ppm of …

    Fast Facts about Lead
    Fast Facts about Lead

    Deaths from lead poisoning are now rare, but it is not unusual for a child's blood to contain enough lead to cause intellectual and developmental delay, neurologic problems, kidney disease, and anemia…

    Young boy with swollen forehead after a fall
    When to Call the Doctor after your Child Hits His Head

    When we hear the awful thud of a child's head, our breath catches. A prompt cry after the injury is reassuring. It is normal to feel sleepy after a child hits his head, and is even okayfor him to vom…

    The Dangers of Balloons
    The Dangers of Balloons

    Believe it or not, balloons cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. That's right. Balloons! This shocking fact was established by a study conducted by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in conj…