Mother trying to get child to sleep. Is it safe to give sleeping aid medications to children?
    Using Sleeping Aid Medications for Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most children go through one or more periods when they have a great deal of difficulty sleeping. Often the sleeplessness is linked to sickness or rapid growth, either physical or …

    Sleep Terrors, Sleepwalking and Bedwetting: The Effect of Naps
    Sleep Terrors, Sleepwalking and Bedwetting: The Effect of Naps

    Sleep terrors, sleepwalking, and bedwetting all fit into the category of "partial-arousal parasomnias". Although there is a genetic predisposition to each of these conditions, a report at the 2001 ann…

    The Most Common Form of Bed-Wetting!
    The Most Common Form of Bed-Wetting!

    Children who can control their bladders during the day, but who have never been dry at night for at least a six-month period, have what is medically known as primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE), the most…

    Bad Breath and Children
    Bad Breath and Children

    Dr. Greene's perspective on bad breath in kids... Most kids would go out of their way to avoid eating garlic or onions, yet it is not unusual for a child to wake up with very smelly breath. Throughout…

    Smoking, Snoring and ADHD?
    Smoking, Snoring and ADHD?

    To snoreis fairly common among school-age children, but snoringis more than twice as common among children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to information presented at…

    Naps

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Speaking generally, the total amount of sleep a child gets is more important than how they schedule that sleep. The typical 2-year-old averages about 12-13 hours of sleep over 24 …

    Sleep Disorders in Infants & Toddlers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most young kids will return to sleep well if rocked, or cuddled, or fallen asleep with (of course, whether or not you want to do this is another issue). Sometimes adjustments in b…

    Tired Parents
    Tired Parents

    Parents suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome are often made to feel as if it is all in their heads. Family, friends, co-workers, employers, and even health care providers seem to believe that those…

    School Start Times
    School Start Times

    In most school districts across the United States, the buses begin rounding up high school students very early in the morning and then make a later trip for the start of elementary school. (more&helli…

    Could SIDS Be Contagious?
    Could SIDS Be Contagious?

    Doctors first scoffed at the now-accepted idea that ulcers were often caused -- not by excess acids -- but by infections with the bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Now evidence suggests that infect…

    Ear Infections and Pacifier Use
    Ear Infections and Pacifier Use

    We've known now for several years that discontinuing the use of a pacifier can reduce ear infections in children. A study published in the September 2000 issue of Pediatrics looked at the effect of si…

    Sleep Deprivation
    Sleep Deprivation in Medical Residents

    Dr. Greene's perspective on sleep deprivation... We all know it's true - interns and residents in medical training programs don't get enough rest. The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Educati…

    Bruxism - Helping Children Who Grind Their Teeth At Night
    Bruxism – Helping Children Who Grind Their Teeth At Night

    Like sucking on pacifiers and thumbs, grinding the teeth (called bruxism) is a common habit that usually disappears on its own as young children grow. The two peak periods of bruxism are as the baby t…

    Mark McGwire Steps Up to the Plate for Kids
    Mark McGwire Steps Up to the Plate for Kids

    Almost 7 million school-age children (in the United States alone) go to bed dry and wake up wet. Most of them feel like they are alone. They often feel guilty, inadequate, and ashamed. And their paren…

    Fruit Juice Causes Restlessness
    Fruit Juice Causes Restlessness

    One of the most common topics I'm asked about from parents all over the world is how to get babies to rest better. Parents certainly don't want to do anything to make their children's rest worse. (mor…

    Get Out of Bed Free Card -- A fun way to keep kids in bed!
    Get Out of Bed Free Card — A fun way to keep kids in bed!

    The October 1999 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reports success with giving preschool and school-age children a free pass to get out of bed once each night. Originator, cl…

    SIDS Cause Uncovered
    SIDS Cause Uncovered: Dr. Greene Reports

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome leads all other kinds of deathin wrenching infants from their parents. What constitutes a SIDS cause is still not very well understood. One study uncovered the cause in a…

    TV and Sleep!
    TV and Sleep!

    The average child in the United States watches about 2 hours of television each weekday. We know that those who watch much more than this are at increased risk to eat poorly, be obese, perform poorly …

    Misshapen Heads Due To Back Sleeping
    Misshapen Heads Due To Back Sleeping

    The successful campaign to encourage babies to sleep on their backs has saved many lives by often preventing the tragedy of SIDS. But when babies sleep in the same position each night their heads can …

    Young boy sleeping at the kitchen table. The Truth about Children's Dreams, Nightmares and Night Terrors
    The Truth about Children’s Dreams, Nightmares, and Night Terrors

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The truth about children's dreams, nightmares, and night terrors will surprise you. Children's Dreams Dreams have been described since the beginning of human history, but it was o…