Young Girl Playing in Outdoors Water
    June 14, 2011
    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 …

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys
    November 28, 2008
    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your ch…

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys
    November 28, 2008
    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your ch…

    Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?
    July 4, 2004
    Do You Know Where Germs Are Waiting for Your Kids?

    In a recent survey 1,000 people were asked where they thought disease-causing germs were most likely to be found: shopping cart handles, porta potties, playground equipment, escalator handrails, or pi…

    Bowl of orange hard candy with a pink background. Hard candy is a choking hazard!
    January 28, 2003
    Choking Risks

    Dr. Greene's Answer: It can take a while for kids to learn to chew (chewing and swallowing is quite complex), but swallowing food whole can be a choking risk. Cheerios can be nice for practice; a sing…

    Crib Safety
    January 25, 2003
    Crib Safety

    Dr. Greene's Answer: As tempting as it may be to put a pretty crib bumper in your baby’s crib, the use of these bumpers should be avoided. These bumpers can suffocate or strangle an infant; and an e…

    November 2, 2002
    Reye Syndrome: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to Reye syndrome: Children’s aspirin used to be one of the most common medicines given to children. Today it is not recommended, and Reye syndrome is the reason why. What is it? Reye sy…

    Lead Poisoning
    November 1, 2002
    Lead Poisoning: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to lead poisoning: Most people aren't aware that lead remains a top environmental health hazard for US children. More than one in 25 American children have blood lead levels high enough t…

    Heat Stroke
    October 30, 2002
    Heat Stroke: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to heat stroke: Whether it’s a baby at the beach on a hot day, a toddler left in a sweltering car, or a budding young athlete at an exhausting practice in the sun, heat injuries are mor…

    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…

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

    Introduction to fractures: Children love to run and climb and jump. But sometimes they also fall and twist and get hurt. Sometimes it’s a ligament that is damaged, sometimes it’s a muscle, often i…

    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 25, 2002
    Concussion: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to concussion: Children’s energetic exploration of life often results in head "bonks.” Fortunately, most of them are not serious. Nevertheless, when we hear the awful thud of a child'…

    Car Seat Safety
    July 9, 2000
    Car Seat Safety

    Parents and children alike look forward to four years and forty pounds when they no longer have to hassle with car seats. Even though experts (including me) recommend not using regular seat belts unti…

    Do Bike Helmets Work?
    September 2, 1999
    Do Bike Helmets Work?

    When children topple off a bike, helmets can save their brains -- cutting the risk of head injury by 80%. But some helmeted children still get brain damage. Why? One study has found that those who wea…

    Kid's feet hanging out the window of a car as seen in a rear view mirror. All kids should use a safety seat until they are 57" tall.
    September 2, 1997
    Safety Seats for Older Children

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: All children who have outgrown their convertible safety seats should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat that uses a combination lap/shoulder belt until they are about 57 inch…

    May 9, 1996
    Limiting Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You are wise, Jennifer, to be concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke. Many people think of passive smoke exposure as a minor issue, and that those who are concerned are b…

    February 13, 1996
    Head Injuries

    Dr. Greene's Answer: If only we could bottle kids' marvelous energy. It’s better than solar power! Still, their energetic exploration of life often results in "bonks" or head injuries. Fortunately, …