School age boy looking out a window with a pained look on his face.
    October 12, 2002
    Appendicitis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Appendicitis is the most common cause of emergency abdominal surgery in children. What is appendicitis? The appendix is a small, hollow, worm-shaped tube that attaches to the large intes…

    Child Blood Pressure
    July 6, 2001
    Child Blood Pressure

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Boys generally have higher normal blood pressures than girls of the same age. Taller children have higher normal blood pressures than shorter children of the same age. For an aver…

    Kawasaki Disease Defined
    November 30, 1998
    Kawasaki Disease Defined

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kawasaki disease is an uncommon but important cause of fever in children. It was first noticed in Japanese children following World War II. While it is more common among the Japan…

    July 27, 1998
    Diagnosing Pertussis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Current lab tests to detect pertussis are either slow, cumbersome, not readily available, or often fail to pick up the disease. For this reason, the number of proven cases reporte…

    March 30, 1998
    Meningitis Symptoms

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bacterial meningitis strikes in two common ways. Sudden onset meningitis features shock, internal bleeding, purple spots, and reduced consciousness at the very outset, with a rapi…

    Bacterial Meningitis
    March 30, 1998
    Bacterial Meningitis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Neal, even just hearing about the gaping wound of having your precious son so rudely wrenched from your life creates a deep ache in me and in many parents who will read this. How …

    January 12, 1998
    Migraines

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even the unbridled energy of childhood can be squelched by a pounding migraine headache. As the pain mounts, a normally curious and active child will slow and then stop playing, b…

    July 21, 1997
    Diabetes or Just Normal Thirst?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Irina, just last week on Monday morning, I picked up the top chart from my inbox and began walking to Exam Room 1 (the Safari Room). Before opening the door, I paused to open the …

    Gastroesophageal Reflux Treatment
    July 1, 1997
    Gastroesophageal Reflux Treatment

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Your concerns are quite valid. At the time of your question, Propulsid and Zantac were two of the most commonly used prescriptions for babies with gastroesophageal reflux – even…

    Coxsackieviruses and Hand-Foot-and-Mouth
    June 23, 1997
    Coxsackieviruses and Hand-Foot-and-Mouth

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: How terrifying to live where a deadly virus runs unchecked through the children! In the modern world of international airplane travel, this terror could happen anywhere. Anytime. …

    Can Febrile Seizures be Prevented?
    March 10, 1997
    Can Febrile Seizures be Prevented?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Some children have seizures or convulsions when they have fevers. Although febrile seizures are fairly common, many parents have never seen one until it happens to their child. Fe…

    Fevers
    February 8, 1997
    Fevers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Not very long ago -- when my parents were children -- a high fever in a child could easily mean the end for that child. High fevers resulting in death were common. Today, most of …

    August 26, 1996
    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: When most people think of arthritis they think of a disease of old people, but Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is a group of diseases that strikes the young. In fact, as we ha…

    August 7, 1996
    Group A Strep

    Dr. Greene's Answer: You are describing Group A Beta Hemolytic Streptococci (called Beta Strep by many people). They are among the most common disease-causing bacteria found in children and can cause …

    Lyme Disease 101
    August 2, 1996
    Lyme Disease 101

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The story of Lyme disease places us just inside the civilized frontier of the microscopic world. Even with our long history on this planet, new discoveries about microscopic neigh…

    Severity of Lyme Disease
    August 2, 1996
    Severity of Lyme Disease

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a bite from an infected tick. The symptoms in Lyme Disease can be divided into three stages. In the first stage a characteristic sk…

    Image of boy holding his feet. Can you catch Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Syndrome twice?
    March 27, 1996
    Can you Catch Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease Twice?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The incredible human body is equipped with an immune system that staggers the imagination. In ages past, explorers charted thrilling new lands. Today, one of the most exciting fro…

    Follow-up on HIV/AIDS
    February 16, 1996
    Follow-up on HIV/AIDS

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This brings up many meaty, practical questions. Should parents worry about their children getting AIDS from playing at the house of someone with HIV? What about contact sports for…