Baby Oil
    January 12, 2003
    Baby Oil

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most babies have skin that doesn't need any extra oil. But if they have dry skin or eczema, a moisturizer or oil can be very helpful. I like a gentle moisturizer like Eucerin, but…

    January 12, 2003
    Persistent Diaper Rash

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Any diaper rash that's been going on for more than a week has most likely become complicated by a yeast infection. This is especially common when the rash is exacerbated by loose …

    January 12, 2003
    Introducing Yogurt

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Nine months is okay for yogurt for most babies. Yogurt is a wonderful food. It is rich in calcium, and the active cultures have many health benefits. Kids with a strong family his…

    January 11, 2003
    What is Scarlet Fever

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Scarlet fever is a colorful name given to strep throat that comes with a rash. Before antibiotics were available, this was a very scary infection. Now it is very easy to treat, bu…

    Jaundice Helps Babies!
    November 26, 2002
    Jaundice Helps Babies!

    A startling study published in the November 25, 2002 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tells how scientists at Johns Hopkins University proved that bilirubin, the pigment that turns jaun…

    Boy laying on grass
    November 4, 2002
    Warts: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to warts: Contrary to well-established belief, the underside of a wart is smooth and round, and the entirety of warts is confined to the epidermis -- the outermost layer of the skin. Ther…

    Sunburn
    November 3, 2002
    Sunburn: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to sunburn: 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. Similarly, adult …

    Rubella
    November 3, 2002
    Rubella: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to rubella: How tragic when a mild illness, scarcely worse than a cold, can cause such devastating effects on babies. Young parents, beware! What is it? Rubella is one of the classic rash…

    November 2, 2002
    Pustular Melanosis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to pustular melanosis: With a name like pustular melanosis this interesting quirk of baby skin sounds nasty. Instead it is clean, cute, and as temporary as those oh-so-short first days wi…

    Parvovirus B19
    November 2, 2002
    Parvovirus B19: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to parvovirus: If anything comes to mind when parents hear the word “parvovirus,” it’s usually something to do with dogs or cats. This makes sense. Parvoviruses have long been known…

    Impetigo
    October 31, 2002
    Impetigo: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to impetigo: Healthy skin is remarkably resistant to infection. It is a powerful barrier, keeping the billions of bacteria outside and your child on the inside. The outer layer, called th…

    Fifth Disease
    October 29, 2002
    Fifth Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to fifth disease: A child with bright red cheeks and a rash on her trunk is sent home from kindergarten. Her teacher is pregnant. Was it best to send the child home? What is fifth disease…

    October 23, 2002
    Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to allergies: Children with allergies tend to get more ear infections, more colds, and have more sleepless nights than their peers. Far too often, the underlying allergies are missed and …

    Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts
    October 15, 2002
    Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts

    Treatments for warts abound, varying from as gentle and simple as taping a patch of banana peel on before bed, to as high-tech and powerful as superpulsed carbon-dioxide-laser vaporization. A study pu…

    Poop, Beneficial Bacteria and Eczema
    July 9, 2002
    Poop, Beneficial Bacteria and Eczema

    An elegant little study in Finland, published in the July 2002 issue of Gut, looked at babies with severe eczema – and their stools. Stools are teeming with bacteria, some beneficial, some neutral, …

    Preventing Eczema
    April 15, 2002
    Preventing Eczema: New Insights

    Dr. Greene's take on preventing eczema... Each year in the western world, eczema gets more common. We know that breastfeeding can prevent eczema, and that mothers’ avoiding certain allergic foods ca…

    March 4, 2002
    Infants and Thrush

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Superficial fungal infections are very common, and usually do not signal trouble in young infants. Oral thrush is very common in the first 6 months or so, but not common in 2 year…

    Heat Rashes and Prickly Heat
    August 16, 2001
    Heat Rashes and Prickly Heat

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children's skin can be quite sensitive to heat. Nursing mom's often discover this, especially in the summertime, when their baby's face turns red where it is against the mother's …

    Young girl in an pool toy in water to issustrate swimming with Poison Ivy Rash or Poison Oak Rash
    July 27, 2001
    Swimming with the Poison Ivy or Oak Rash

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A rash from poison ivy or oak is not at all contagious. People get the rash from oil that gets on their skin from the plants. BUT, until the oil is removed, they are contagious wh…

    Alternative Treatments for Lice
    July 17, 2001
    Alternative Treatments for Lice

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most alternative treatmentsare untested, but early reports are promising. One method with widespread stories of success is the Vaseline (or mayonnaise) treatment. Cover the infest…