Red Blood Cells - Decreasing iron Supplements
    August 5, 2018
    Oops. Decreasing iron supplements to every other day.

    For years the standard way to give iron supplements was one dose a day. But when iron supplements are given to treat iron deficiency, only a small amount of the iron is actually absorbed -- 2% to 28% …

    May 26, 2015
    How Vitamins, Sunshine and Antibiotics Have Changed Things for Your Kids

    I grew up eating very different food than my children eat. I'm not just talking about different items on the menu, but an apples-to-apples comparison of the same foods shows a substantial difference i…

    September 8, 2014
    How Toddlers Can Benefit from Supplements

    [caption id="attachment_48958" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by David Goehring.[/caption]   The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how the…

    July 17, 2013
    What nutrients, vitamins and minerals are on your list of “the Greene 13”?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: By some estimates, 98% of kids don’t regularly eat the recommended number of servings of different food groups each day. As a result, even though the typical American child eats…

    Vitamin D During Pregnancy and lactation
    January 22, 2013
    Vitamin D During Pregnancy & Lactation

    Adequate vitamin D levels are very important during pregnancy and lactation. In addition to the classical role of vitamin D in calcium and phosphate absorption and metabolism, vitamin D during pregnan…

    Doubling Vitamin D
    October 13, 2008
    Doubling Vitamin D

    Today at our annual meeting in Boston, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children get each day to 400 IU, in response to mounting evidence of the life…

    Dr. Greene on Vitamins
    September 15, 2008
    Dr. Greene on Vitamins

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Over the years I've learned to appreciate vitamins and the role they play in the healthy development of our children. I've seen firsthand how a mother's vitamin intake can help a …

    Vitamin Sunshine
    July 3, 2008
    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 …

    Does Your Child Need a Multivitamin?
    September 6, 2007
    Children’s Multivitamins: Does your child need a multivitamin?

    You know that it is wise to back up your computer’s hard drive; I recommend backing up your child’s food drive with a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. This simple habit could improve your ch…

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies
    July 7, 2004
    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…

    Full Fat Yogurt for Infants and Toddlers
    October 12, 2003
    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 o…

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

    Introduction: Good health is often a balancing act. Too much sun exposure can cause unwanted sunburn in babies, but too little sun exposure can lead to vitamin D deficient rickets. Breast milk does no…

    October 31, 2002
    Iron Deficiency: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to iron deficiency: A baby is born with about 0.5 grams of iron in the body. A healthy adolescent's body has 5.0 grams. This 900 percent increase in iron comes from the iron in the food y…

    October 25, 2002
    Celiac Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to celiac disease: The little child just never seems to be feeling well. She doesn’t like to eat. She’s clingy and cranky. It seems like she always has loose stools. She’s not growi…

    October 25, 2002
    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to a common cold: It’s called the "common cold" for a reason. Your child will probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Most kids have had eight to ten colds by their sec…

    October 23, 2002
    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (littl…

    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…

    Where to Get the Calcium When They Won’t Drink Milk
    June 28, 2002
    Where to Get Calcium When Your Child Won’t Drink Milk

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm glad you are paying attention to your daughter's calcium intake. The AAP guidelines for calcium are 800mg per day from age 4 to 8, and then 1300 mg a day from 9 to 18. They al…

    Cookies n' Creatine?
    August 31, 2001
    Cookies n’ Creatine?

    Many children would like to build muscle, improve their appearance, and enhance their athletic performance. Supplement marketers are convincing them that they can do it all by taking creatine. And it'…

    Vitamins and Children
    October 21, 1999
    Vitamins and Children

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This week on Dateline (an American television show), host Jane Pauley casually mentioned not liking vegetables as a child. While this phenomenon is as current as today's news, it …