A pile of button batteries. Swallowed button batteries can be a medical emergency.
    Swallowed Button Batteries and Honey?!

    Button battery ingestion is a big deal. So much so that The National Battery Ingestion Hotline (NBIH) was created in 1982 to study and advise best practices. They look at all types of batteries but sw…

    Two young girls playing with jewelry. Are there jewelry dangers for children?
    Jewelry Dangers for Children

    Today's parents take our children's safety seriously, spending many hours babyproofing and crafting optimal environments for our sweet little ones. Realizing that everything from sippy cups to the toy…

    Baby drinking milk out of a sippy cup
    The Surprising Reason Sippy Cups Can Hurt Your Toddler

    When I was a volunteer dentist in Africa, I was amazed at all the beautiful teeth I was seeing. Children who had never been to the dentist before had textbook-perfect straight teeth, perfectly develop…

    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers: Follow-up Discussion on #LTKH Tweet Chat

    On May 17 and 18, 2011 there was a joint meeting of the FDA Advisory Committee for Nonprescription Drugs and the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee. I wrote an article about that meeting on May 18, 2011…

    Kat Bit Her Tongue

    Kids jump and fall and run and climb and play ? and it's not unusual for me to get called when one of their tongues happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught between chomping teeth. O…

    How to Help Your Child Adjust to Life with a New Baby
    How to Help Your Child Adjust to Life with a New Baby

    If you have a young child at home and you are expecting your second you're probably wondering how to help ease the transition into life with a new baby. Your toddler is used to having your undivided a…

    Young Girl Playing in Outdoors Water
    Skin Damage Starts with Your Child’s First Sun Over-exposure

    It's taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies' skin is softer beca…

    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies and Toddlers
    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies & Toddlers

    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers?!?  The FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Advisory Committee have together recommended that "pain relief" be removed from the label of Tyle…

    How Green is your Childcare?
    How Green is your Childcare?

    As parents, we consider many factors when selecting a childcare situation for our children ? among them cost, convenience, philosophy, hours and the ratio of caregivers to kids. But how many of us giv…

    Not All Hand Sanitizers Are the Same
    Not All Hand Sanitizers Are the Same

    One of the best ways to keep your toddlers healthy during flu and cold season is to keep their hands clean. A good washing with soap and water is very effective in reducing the spread of contaminants …

    Awash in Cold Medicines
    Awash in Cold Medicines

    Dr. Greene's take on cold medicines... Question: Who took cough and cold medicines the most? Answer: Kids aged 2 through 5 years ? the very group for whom the FDA expert panel voted to ban them last y…

    Vitamin Sunshine
    Vitamin Sunshine

    Dr. Greene's take on the importance of sunshine... An astonishing forty percent of healthy babies and toddlers in a recent study had low levels of vitamin D. Results of this important study appear in …

    Digital Childhood, Physical World
    Digital Childhood, Physical World

    Today's generation of children is growing up unlike any previous generation in history. In the last 10 years there has been an explosion of digital and electronic media available to and even targeted …

    “Baby Fat”
    Baby Fat

    Dr. Greene's take on baby fat... I often hear from parents who expect that their cute, chubby young children will naturally thin out the baby fat as their height spurts up. Unfortunately, it doesn't t…

    Guess I'll Go Eat Worms
    Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms

    One month after eating an earthworm on a dare, a 16-year-old girl developed a fever and nausea that lasted about 2 or 3 days, along with some mild swelling around her eyes. These symptoms went away, b…

    Obese in Preschool
    Obese in Preschool

    More than 10 percent of American kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese, according to the January 2005 annual statistics report of the American Heart Association. This number…

    Can you leave the light on?
    Can you leave the light on?

    Dr. Greene's take on leaving the light on at night... Is it dangerous for kids to sleep with the light on? Lots of interesting news has been coming out of the 2004 Children with Leukemia conference in…

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies
    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies

    We know that the first months of life are a very impressionable time when it comes to the developing immune system. Even brief breastfeeding in the first few months of life, for instance, may give lon…

    Poop Problems: The Chicken or The Egg
    Poop Problems: The Chicken or The Egg

    When young children refuse to poop on the potty, they have often fallen in to what I call the D-D-D cycle, for Discomfort > Dread > Delay. They might enter the cycle from any point, perhaps from…

    Full Fat Yogurt for Infants and Toddlers
    Full Fat Yogurt for Infants and Toddlers

    The AAP's Caring for Your Baby and Young Child suggests yogurt as a healthy food for babies and toddlers as early as 8 months old. Most young babies begin life nutritionally sound with breast milk or …