Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese
    Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese

    Dr. Greene's take on eczema and cheese... Eczema rates are careening upwards in children around the world. It's now a big slice on the pie chart, affecting up to 1/3 of all kids in Western societies. …

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema
    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA), one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has p…

    Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema
    Vitamin D, Asthma, and Eczema

    Kids who have low levels of vitamin D have a higher chance of asthma attacks, according to a study presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This…

    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!
    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!

    Get ready for some surprising recommendations. Eczema, asthma, and food allergies are all on the rise in children, each having more than doubled in the last several decades. This rapid increase has le…

    Cows, Cats, Siblings, and Immune Health
    Cows, Cats, Siblings, and Immune Health

    Regular contact with farm animals is associated with a dramatically lower risk of a young child's later developing an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis …

    Hidden, Resistant Lice
    Hidden, Resistant Lice

    How common are head lice? Are they really getting increasingly resistant to the pesticides commonly used to treat them? Researchers in the United Kingdom decided to tackle this question by randomly se…

    Bug Off
    Bug Off

    More infants and children are bitten by mosquitoes than by any other insect. But parents often don't notice the bites on babies and young children because they don't look like they do on teens and adu…

    Acne, Antibiotics, and the Common Cold
    Acne, Antibiotics, and the Common Cold

    People who use either oral OR topical antibiotics to treat their acne are more than twice as likely to catch colds, according to a study in the September 2005 Archives of Dermatology. If the results o…

    Simple Dimples
    Simple Dimples

    Dr. Greene's take on dimples... Many healthy babies have small dimples on their lower backs. A mother who had just graduated from nursing school came to my office hours chat this week at DrGreene.com.…

    Probiotics for Baby Eczema?
    Probiotics for Baby Eczema?

    Most parents don't realize how often baby eczema is triggered by food allergies ? indeed, how often it is the first sign of food allergies. In one study, about 40 percent of babies with eczema had pro…

    Eczema Treatment Warning
    Eczema Treatment Warning

    The breezy television ads for certain steroid-free eczematreatment productshave always bothered me. While they don.t say anything untrue, they do incorrectly imply that this treatment is gentler and…

    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives
    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives

    Because West Nile virus has made preventing mosquito bites more important in the United States, and because some insecticides are toxic, people have become increasingly concerned with finding gentle a…

    Echinacea and Colds in Children
    Echinacea and Colds in Children

    In the U.S., more than $300 million are spent each year on echinacea, mostly in an attempt to treat and prevent the common cold. Colds are especially common in children, who average 3 to 8 colds a yea…

    Touchdowns, Take-downs, and Toddler Tussles
    Touchdowns, Take-downs, and Toddler Tussles

    A contagious skin infection that was once thought of as primarily limited to hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes is now showing up in healthy children, according to the Centers for Disease Control a…

    Diet and Skin
    Diet and Skin

    Baby soft, smooth skin in young children could be partly the result of what their mothers ate during pregnancy and nursing, according to a study reported in the May 31, 2003 issue of The Lancet. Benef…

    Lice and Lindane
    Lice and Lindane

    The US FDA issued a March 28, 2003 health advisory about Lindane, a pesticide commonly used to treat lice and scabies. New warnings on the box warn consumers and doctors that this nerve poison is pote…

    Bubble Baths
    Bubble Baths

    Dr. Greene's Answer: "Avoid bubble baths!" "Bubble baths are unhealthy" "Did you know that bubble baths cause urinary tract infections?" I've heard this from doctors, grandparents, neighbors, and frie…

    Fungal Toenail Infections

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Fungal nail infections are more common in kids than most people think. These infections usually start with an athlete's foot rash around the toes that gets into the nails. The nai…

    Neck Rashes

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Getting a rash under the neck is very common at 4 months because the skin of the neck's folds rubs against itself. The heat, friction, and moisture combine to irritate the skin an…

    Soothing a Sunburn

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With sunburn or any other burn, there can be ongoing damage as long as the skin is hot, so cooling off is wise, such as in a lukewarm bath. Some dermatologists recommend cold milk…