How does your child compare?
    September 3, 2012
    How does your child compare?

    It was May of 2010 when the ultrasound tech declared with nervous hands and an unsteady voice, “there are three heartbeats.” And ever since that day, we have put those three heartbeats on a pedest…

    The Importance of Child’s Play
    October 15, 2010
    The Importance of Child’s Play

    “Mama, will you play with me?” These six words instantly snap me to attention here, now, in the present. They are usually uttered by my 5-year-old, and usually when I’m buzzing around doing some…

    Teaching Very Young Children to Give Back
    June 21, 2010
    Teaching Very Young Children to Give Back

    Making a difference in the world and helping others are the best inoculations against poor self esteem for children. Having a sense of purpose, knowing that you can influence others and give back, cre…

    Delayed Language Development
    January 23, 2003
    Delayed Language Development

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A general rule of thumb is that kids who have no words other than "mama" or "dada" by 18 months should get a hearing test. This would be in addition to the hearing screening tests…

    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…

    Delayed Physical Development
    January 16, 2003
    Delayed Physical Development

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I can imagine how worrisome it would be to have concerns about your son's physical development and then to be told he should be evaluated by a neurologist. I have a few thoughts o…

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

    Introduction to nightmares: Mommy, I had a bad dream… What are they? Nightmares are unpleasant dreams that awaken a dreamer from sleep. We’ve learned much about nightmares from traumatic events, w…

    Night Terrors
    November 2, 2002
    Night Terrors: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to night terrors: Your little angel wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, calling for his mommy – but his mommy is right there, unrecognized. You try to comfort him, but he shr…

    Sexual Curiosity in Young Children
    November 1, 2002
    Sexual Curiosity in Young Children: An A-to-Z guide for parents

      Introduction to sexual curiosity in young children: When a parent catches a boy playing with his ears, questions may arise about ear infections, but when a parent catches a boy playing with his…

    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…

    Toddler with a wooden flute. Fomites.
    October 29, 2002
    Fomites: A-to-Z Guide

    Introduction to fomites: It is easier to catch a cold by borrowing a crayon or by turning off a faucet after washing your hands than by kissing on the lips. Why? Crayons, faucet handles, toothbrushes,…

    Girl sleeping very deeply. Deep sleep is one factor in enuresis.
    October 29, 2002
    Enuresis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to enuresis: Most children learn how to stay dry during the day before they’re able to stay dry at night. Millions of kids wet the bed long after they feel that they should be dry. Sadl…

    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. …

    Stuttering in Children
    June 22, 2001
    Stuttering in Children

    When a child stutters, parents are often told to relax, that the stuttering in children is a phase that will soon be outgrown, and that nothing needs to be done. This advice can be unfortunate. Childr…

    June 16, 1998
    Sick Children in the Daycare Setting

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This is a very complex and important question. It concerns the care of millions of kids in the United States alone -- over 50 percent of preschool-age children are in group day ca…

    Dog Tapeworms and Children
    August 16, 1996
    Dog Tapeworms and Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The dog tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum) is a common infestation in domestic dogs and cats. The adult worm lives in the animal's intestines and is about 50 to 70 cm in length. The he…