Iron and ADHD
    Iron and ADHD

    Here's a very interesting study - the first to connect children's iron levels and ADHD. In Paris, France, 110 children from the same school district were referred to a university hospital between Marc…

    Breastfeeding, Bone Density, and Teens
    Breastfeeding, Bone Density, and Teens

    Breastfeeding can help improve mothers' bone density. During the months of nursing, calcium is taken from the bones, and the density decreases - whether or not they are getting plenty of calcium in th…

    Early Multivitamins, Asthma, and Food Allergies
    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
    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 or …

    Diet and Skin
    Diet and Skin

    Baby soft, smooth skin in young children could be partly the result of what their mothers ate during pregnancy and nursing, according to a study reported in the May 31, 2003 issue of The Lancet. Benef…

    Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids
    Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids

    Vitamin B12 consumed by nursing mothers can change the trajectory of their babies' brain development. The Jan 31, 2003 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report told the story of a 15-m…

    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…

    Young blond girl sitting on hay. Could she have celiac disease?
    Celiac Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction 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 growing well. I wish she would…

    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 secon…

    Young redheaded girl with freckles. Could she have anemia?
    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 (which deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (which provide protection from infections), and platelets (lit…

    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 if …

    Iron Needs Missed in Millions
    Iron Needs Missed in Millions

    Iron deficiency in toddlers, preschool children, and teenage girls is still all too common in the US. Healthy People 2010 is a program that has set an achievable target of dropping iron deficiency rat…

    Growth and Lack of Appetite

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even most very picky eaters with low appetite get plenty of calories every day, but one of the reasons we follow growth curves is to be sure that is true for an individual child. …

    Where to Get the Calcium When They Won’t Drink Milk
    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?
    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'…

    Mercury Questions
    Mercury Questions

    Two questions came up in chat about news urging us to reduce children's exposure to mercury. Is there mercury in fish oil capsules? And should we delay or forgo vaccines in children because of the mer…

    Dads Make a Difference
    Dads Make a Difference

    Dr. Greene on the importance of dads! Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Ma…

    Breastfeeding and Vitamins
    Breastfeeding and Vitamins

    Dr. Greene's take on breastfeeding and vitamins... Research has shown that women who are dieting and exercising tend to produce breast milk lower in certain nutrients, such as vitamin B6, that are imp…

    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke
    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke

    Secondhand cigarette smoke saps nutrients directly out of kid's blood, according to a report in the December 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Important antioxidants, such as b…

    The Calcium Supplement Scare
    The Calcium Supplement Scare

    A study in the September 20, 2000 issue of JAMAreported that lead was discovered in a calcium supplement! A "public health concern" as some are proclaiming? I'm more concerned about the scare than abo…