Pesticides, Intelligence, and Behavior
    December 4, 2006
    Pesticides, Intelligence, and Behavior

    Among the pesticides in common use in the United States today, I am most concerned about the organophosphates - originally commercialized as nerve agents for chemical warfare. A significant study publ…

    January 16, 2003
    Hitting and Biting

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Most kids hit or bite at some point. Those who keep it up usually feel they are getting something out of it. Either getting their way or getting attention (even negative attention…

    Disruptive Behavior
    January 13, 2003
    Disruptive Behavior

    Dr. Greene's Answer: With kids who are disruptive, working on empathy can be very helpful--not telling her what to do, but helping her learn to identify what others are feeling (which can lead to chan…

    Angry boy screaming while holding a blue ball. For parents this can be difficult behavior.
    January 6, 2003
    Difficult Behavior

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Just as habits take a long time to form, they often take a while to change. It's not too late for this boy to learn constructive ways of behaving. One of the main ways that kids l…

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

     Introduction to separation anxiety: Your baby has been able to tell the difference between you and strangers from the earliest days of life. Young babies prefer their mothers and fathers (and others…

    October 30, 2002
    Head Banging: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hurt their child, perhaps even causing brain dam…

    October 27, 2002
    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to depression: Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common -- but fewer than one in five affected children get the help they need…

    October 25, 2002
    Breath-Holding: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to breath-holding: Breath-holding spells shine a brilliant spotlight on one of the biggest challenges of parenting. We do not like to disappoint the little children that we love so much. …

    October 23, 2002
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering…

    March 29, 2002
    Tantrums: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to tantrums: When your child kicks and screams at not getting his way, the outburst often seems to come at the least opportune times: during grocery shopping, when you’re on the phone, …

    Thumb sucking young boy
    January 19, 2001
    Thumb Sucking

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I stood in a darkened room with two eager parents-to-be during their prenatal ultrasound. I watched their screen-lit faces at the moment they glimpsed their new baby for the very …

    Sugar and Children's Diet
    January 5, 1999
    Sugar & Children’s Diet

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children do not need to eat large amounts of sugar. In the 1800s, the average American consumed 12 pounds of sugar per year. By 1975, however, after the overwhelming success of th…

    Dealing with Irrational Fears
    May 4, 1998
    Dealing with Irrational Fears

    Dr. Greene's Answer: At around age three, most children enter into a magical time where make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting wher…

    Head Banging in Children
    April 27, 1998
    Head Banging in Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: There are moments in a child's development that engender fear in her parents: those weeks before she was born when we wonder if she will really be okay, those moments after you ha…

    April 27, 1998
    Head Banging as Normal Behavior

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Many theories have been put forward to explain this common behavior. Perhaps the rocking and even the head-banging provide a form of pleasure related to the movement. This joy in …

    Masturbation in Young Children
    March 2, 1998
    Masturbation in Young Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When a parent catches a boy playing with his ears, questions may arise about ear infections. When a parent catches a boy playing with his stiff penis, subterranean concerns, anxie…

    Breath Holding Spells
    July 3, 1996
    Breath Holding Spells

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This is a typical scene: A little child is playing happily, something upsets her, she exhales forcefully with a brief, shrill cry -- but she doesn't take another breath. You wait,…

    Surprised baby missing parent. Clingy children.
    June 6, 1996
    Clingy Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Calling yourself a working mother is an under-statement! All mothers work, but when you work outside the home as well, you are holding down two different kinds of jobs. For many m…

    Terrible Twos
    May 13, 1996
    Terrible Twos

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children of perfect parents (if there were such a thing!) would still need to go through the developmental phase your son is going through. Ideal children do NOT always agree with…

    May 8, 1996

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What a sinking feeling to see, or hear about, your toddler biting another child. It may be comforting to know that most parents will go through this at one time or another as thei…