When Will this $%!# Pandemic End?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a worldwide effect for what seems like an eternity. After shelter-in-place orders became more prevalent in March,  most people probably didn’t think they’d still be wearing masks in October. So the question remains, when will the pandemic end?  It turns out there are quite a few factors that contribute to the rise and fall of a pandemic, some within our control, some that are not. An outbreak becomes a pandemic when it meets two criteria, first, it spreads rapidly and widely, and second, it must qualify as a severe disease. If either of these factors change, it is no long...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - October 5, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 COVID-19 Feature Source Type: blogs

Don ’t Boost Your Immunity – Optimize It!
 One of the most common questions that I’m getting right now is how to boost the immune system and it makes sense. People want to know how to protect themselves from infection. I want to share with you today four powerful ways to do that but boosting your immune system is not the best way to get there. 0:19.0 If you think about it what are autoimmune diseases? That’s an immune system that’s cranked up and targeting the wrong things. What are allergies? That’s a hyper-responsive immune system to things in the environment that aren’t real threats. What’s chronic inflammation? Inflammati...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 12, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID-19 Immunity Eat Real Wellness Source Type: blogs

Allergies, Colds and COVID: How to Tell the Difference
What follows is a breakdown of the symptoms of allergies, cold and flu, along with what we know so far about COVID. My hope is that this will provide parents with a quick checklist that can help assess what their child may be experiencing so they can then pursue the appropriate treatment. Allergies Allergies occur when the body perceives certain particles, like dust or pollen, as foreign invaders. Allergies often arise if a child did not experience much exposure (say, to pets or pollen) growing up, or the predisposition can be passed down genetically. While these tiny particles are not necessarily a threat to health, the b...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - June 17, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Allergies Colds Colds & Flu COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

The Itchy, Bumpy Blues: How to Treat and Prevent Mosquito Bites and Related Conditions
Mosquito bites may be a nuisance, but fortunately, in the U.S., they tend to amount to nothing more than that. Upon being bitten, most Americans experience a bit of swelling and itchiness, and nothing more. However, there are exceptions to this, including stronger allergic reactions to bites and cases of mosquito-borne illness.  Insect and arachnid bites, including ticks, account for approximately 2,000 cases of malaria and 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. annually. In addition, millions of people worldwide die of malaria each year. It is helpful to protect yourself against insect bites, not only to avoid pesk...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - June 7, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Environmental Health Insect Bites & Stings Insects & Animals Outdoor Safety Source Type: blogs

Chemicals and Pregnant Women: Taking Care of Your Unborn Baby
This study is not a warning of a scary new epidemic of problems arriving with next year’s babies. Instead, it’s a peak behind the curtain at what might be the hidden story behind the marvelous kids we already see on today’s playgrounds across the country. Most are very healthy – among the healthiest kids in history. Yes, too many are overweight. Too many have asthma. Too many have allergies. Too many have learning problems. Too many start puberty early. More than half have some chronic illness. But this isn’t slowing kids down as much as the devastating infectious diseases of the past. It is a...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 25, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned
Thanks for joining us for Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned For more, visit BambiniFurtuna.com or follow us on Social Media! @BambiniFurtuna @AgathaRelotaLuczo @DrGreene.com And don’t forget to Rate, Review, and Share* Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned. Note: Dr. Greene is a co-founder of Bambini Furtuna. *In the Apple Podcast app, in the Library Tab under Shows, click on the Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned podcast subscription, and scroll down to Ratings & Reviews to give it a star rating. Click Write a Review while you’re there, then click Send when finished. The post Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned appeared first on Dr...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 18, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Parenting Podcast Positive Parenting Working Mom Source Type: blogs

Caring for Babies and Small Children During COVID-19
The good news is emerging evidence shows that coronavirus affects children and babies the least out of all age groups. While there have been a small number of newborns who have contracted the disease, it is extremely rare. In these cases, it’s impossible to tell, as yet, if the virus was contracted in utero, or shortly after birth. Babies and COVID: The Breastfeeding Question Many mothers are wondering if they should continue breastfeeding if they are showing symptoms of illness. Traditionally, in cases of common influenza, encouraging a baby to breastfeed even when the mother is sick has the effect of increasing imm...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 11, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Whole Foods as First Foods
It may seem overwhelming at first, but in reality baby’s first food could be as simple as a nice banana, mashed with a bit of breast milk or formula. In the U.S. for many years the go-to for baby’s first food has been an instant white rice cereal. While there is nothing wrong with rice per se, white rice in particular has been stripped of many of its beneficial nutrients, including fiber, Vitamin E, magnesium, and a host of other trace minerals the body relies upon to function optimally. What is left is essentially a simple carbohydrate that quickly turns to glucose, resulting in spikes in blood sugar. It&rsquo...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 5, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog First Foods Infant & Baby Feeding Infant Feeding Starting Solids Source Type: blogs

Screen Time in the Age of Quarantine
Not All Screen Time is Created Equal Screen time can be divided into four subcategories: passive, interactive, creative and communication.  Passive screen time includes entertainment where the viewer isn’t doing much more than watching the screen, such as “vegging out” in front of a movie or TV show. The interactive category covers a slightly higher level of participation, encompassing game play, viewing tutorials and things that are more educationally-based.  The categories of creativity and communication require a higher level of attention and interaction. Creative screen time is comprised of ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 29, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID-19 Screen Time Source Type: blogs

6 Feet & A Mask: Hygiene Practice and COVID-19
Why 6 feet? Viruses are an inert threat, incapable of replicating without a host cell in which to do so. They are essentially a microscopic package of RNA, wrapped in a membrane, only able to travel and reproduce by way of the host’s body. In the case of COVID-19, the most common way the virus is passed along is when an infected person coughs or breathes out, and millions of tiny water droplets carry the virus to its next destination. Recall a time your breath fogged a mirror. This is the visual evidence of usually-invisible water vapor leaving the lungs. When a person breathes in, the air currents change around the ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 28, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID COVID-19 Confinement Virus Source Type: blogs

Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus: Dr. Greene on The People ’ s Pharmacy
Transcript [00:00:00] Joe Graedon: I’m Joe Graedon. [00:00:01] Terry Graedon: And I’m Terry Graedon. Welcome to this podcast of the People’s Pharmacy. [00:00:06] Joe Graedon: You can find previous podcasts and more information on a range of health topics at PeoplesPharmacy.com.  [00:00:14] How’s your family holding up during the coronavirus pandemic? Isolation can be especially challenging for children. [00:00:22] This is the People’s Pharmacy with Terry and Joe Graedon. [00:00:33] Terry Graedon:  Children appear less susceptible than older adults to serious complications of COVID-19...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 21, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID COVID-19 Viral Infection Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned & HeyMama Join Forces
Transcript [00:00:00] Agatha: Hi!  It’s Agatha Luczo.  Welcome to “Mom Driven, Dr. Aligned”.  Dr. Alan Greene and I were just on with the HeyMama Community doing a Q&A about COVID-19.  Dr. Greene gave us such amazing advice and tips about how to deal with immunity health and how to take care of ourselves during this time. And some advice I haven’t heard anywhere else. I’m excited to bring all of the conversation to our family and friends.  [00:00:36] Dr. Greene:  Wonderful to get to be with the HeyMama Community. I’ve gotten a bunch of questions already ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 16, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized COVID COVID-19 Parenting Source Type: blogs

COVID: Supplements, the Immune System, and Preventative Care
In the midst of a viral pandemic, with orders to “shelter at home” in effect, parents may be wondering what else can be done to protect the health of their families. Unprecedented circumstances often lead to feelings of a loss of control, which can sometimes generate a sense of fear, and even sadness. Minimizing unnecessary travel and condensing trips to the grocery store or pharmacy is a vital part of slowing the spread of illness, however, there are also ways to take care of yourself and your children that can improve the function of the innate immune system, lessen stress, and increase the chances of staying...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 13, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Air Quality COVID COVID-19 Immunity Vitamins & Supplements Zinc Source Type: blogs

Why OTHER Respiratory Viruses are More Important than Ever Before
Video Transcript Hi, I’m Dr. Alan Greene and I want to talk with you for a moment about why other respiratory viruses are more important during the time of COVID than ever before — at least in our lifetimes.   00:15 In San Francisco, one of the first areas where COVID was emerging in the United States, even though many people were tested for COVID, with COVID symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, other respiratory symptoms — of the people tested at UCSF more than 90 percent of them turned out to have other respiratory infections — not COVID. 00:42 Think [about] what that means fo...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 10, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 Immunity Viral Infection Source Type: blogs

Wear A Mask Like a Pro
– English Hello, this is Dr. Greene – Eat REAL’s Chief Pediatrician He’s here to give you some tips on masks, but first, remember to save N95 masks for health care workers and also, cloth masks are mostly to protect others and to prevent you from touching your own face. Before putting on a mask, clean your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or if that’s not possible use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Pull the straps behind your ears and make sure the mask fits properly over your mouth and nose and there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching or removing the mask...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 9, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog COVID COVID-19 Confinement Infection Control Masks Safety Virus Source Type: blogs

Simple Mask Safety Test
We’re sheltered in place. That’s a great thing. But we still need to go out occasionally for the essentials that can’t be delivered to our door. That means we need to start wearing masks as one strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Since masks are in high demand, people are getting creative and making their own masks at home. But not all masks are created equal. Take Dr. Greene’s simple mask safety test to determine if your mask is effective or not. Simple Mask Safety Test Video Transcript Dr. Greene: [00:00:00] Hi. I am Dr. Alan Greene and I want to talk to you for a moment about homemade...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 7, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized COVID COVID-19 Confinement Masks Safety Source Type: blogs

Viruses Are Not Quite Alive and Not Quite Dead, and Other Things to Know About COVID-19
What they are capable of is replicating and adapting, and each virus has a unique way of doing that. Viruses are programmed to detect particular surface proteins or channels on the outside of a cell, and make their way in via the favored route. A Cellular Doorway For COVID-19, the favorite avenue to cellular entry appears to be the ACE-2, or angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, receptor. This part of the cell plays a role in regulating blood pressure. Major areas of the body that produce high amounts of cells with ACE-2 receptors include the lungs, the heart and the GI tract. Cells within the lungs contain type 2 pneumocytes w...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 20, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

Senna: The True Ex-Lax
Constipation is one of those not-so-exciting subjects that affects both children and adults from time to time, but because it is so common, it warrants a closer look. Bowel movements tend to occur about once a day after children have reached the age where their diet is largely comprised of solid food. Starchy foods, such as bananas, rice, grains, and flour, tend to make stools firmer. Foods high in fiber like peaches, plums, and apricots have more of a softening effect. In a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, a balance is struck between different foods to create stools that are soft enough to pass comfortably without bein...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 15, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Constipation Herbal Source Type: blogs

Zeitgebers & the Circadian Rhythm: Working With Environmental Cues to Encourage Healthy Sleep Habits
Many parents spend countless nights on exploratory journeys, devising ways to convince their children that sleep is a good idea. In nature, animals fall asleep naturally and easily. Their bodies respond to the environmental cues around them, such as the shift in temperature and change in light, that signal to their bodies that it’s time to rest. Until recently, the same has been true for humans as well. It’s easy to forget that the industrial revolution, the dawn of modern life as we know it, wasn’t really that long ago. Even in 1925, less than 100 years ago, only half of homes in the U.S. had electricity...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 7, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Uncategorized REST Sleep Top Sleep Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus & the Panic Pandemic
Coronavirus or COVID-19 There are two things to keep in mind when considering the possible implications of any virus. One is the damage the virus itself can cause to a bodily system. The other is the secondary reaction, or the way the body responds in trying to destroy or eject the virus. Such symptoms may include coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and the like. Often, this immune response may be more disruptive than the disease itself, causing pain and discomfort as the body tries to rid itself of illness. In rare and unlikely cases, the body’s reaction may be so severe that death occurs.  Social Immune Resp...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 4, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 Feature Infectious Disease Respiratory Infection Source Type: blogs

 It Just Won’t Go Away: Reasons For a Lingering Cough
We’re used to coughing when we have a cold, but what about those coughs that seem to linger even after all other symptoms have disappeared? It turns out that what may seem like a nuisance can actually be the body’s innate intelligence at work. At the first sign of foreign invaders, coughing acts as a primary line of defense, expelling whatever virus or bacteria is trying to make its way into the system. During this time it’s especially helpful when coughing to cover your mouth, with your inner elbow if possible, to prevent the spread of illness. However, there may be other reasons for a cough that hangs o...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 18, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Contagious Cough COVID-19 Related Virus Source Type: blogs

Neophobia & the Battle to Try New Foods
Perhaps you have a picky eater at home. Maybe she takes after mom or dad, or maybe this is a quality uniquely her own. Whatever the case, it’s important to recognize that we can change our perception around this. Being particular about foods is indeed a feature and not a flaw. Neophobia Timing Around the time children become comfortable with walking, about 15 months or so, an innate evolutionary tool kicks in to help keep these small, but mobile, young beings safe. Neophobia, or fear of the new or unknown, is a stage in which children are naturally resistant to new things. When humans and their predecessors lived in ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 12, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Neophobia Nutrition Toddler Nutrition Top Infant Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Ear Infections and the Antibiotic Epidemic
Ear infections appear so common that at times they seem almost like a childhood rite of passage. Often associated with redness, swelling, and pain within the ear, they are the number one reason antibiotics are prescribed for children. However, we’re finding more and more that the prolific prescription of antibiotics is not the panacea it was once thought to be. Not only do antibiotics disrupt healthy digestion, but overuse can even lead to resistance. The Results of the Antibiotic Epidemic Multiple studies have demonstrated that antibiotic resistance is on the rise, mainly due to the fact that they have been over-pre...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 24, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Bambini Furtuna Ear Infection Causes Ear Infection Prevention Ear Infection Treatment Ear Infections Source Type: blogs

Epsom Salts Baths: A natural and effective muscle relaxant
In nature, there are some biological processes that are almost unstoppable. Once the process is started it creates a cascade of reactions and, like a freight train barreling down the track, stopping it takes an immense amount of effort. One of the most classic of these, and perhaps the strongest in human biology, is labor. Once the signals arrive for labor to happen, they build on each other and become relentless. When the contractions start, those strong uterine contractions get stronger and stronger and build and come closer together. There are very few things that can stop contractions. But there are some very powerful ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 14, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Bath Time Natural Source Type: blogs

Teen Vaping: “I Did Not Have Sexual Relations with That Woman”
By some reports, as many as 20 percent of high school students vape. And they often begin in middle school. Juul is the top-selling e-cigarette brand (and very cuul among kids). A single Juul pod can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. Nicotine harms the developing adolescent brain. Moreover, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless water vapor. It’s a chemical cocktail that’s inhaled deep into the delicate lungs. We don’t yet know the long-term effects. The Tip of the Teen Vaping Iceberg CDC is in the process of investigating multiple cases of severe pulmonary disease in people who us...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 7, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Teen Behavior vaping Source Type: blogs

“I Did Not Have Sexual Relations with That Woman”
Recently, I sat across from an accomplished high school athlete who had just told me that he did not smoke and had not used any drugs. But when I asked directly about whether he vaped he openly said, “Of course!” He went on to explain that vaping isn’t smoking, isn’t unhealthy, and that THC is natural, not a drug. Teen Vaping By some reports, as many as 20 percent of high school students vape. And they often begin in middle school. Juul is the top-selling e-cigarette brand (and very cuul among kids). A single Juul pod can contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes. Nicotine harms th...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 7, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog vaping Source Type: blogs

Are Essential Oils Essential?
When it comes to food, the colors you see in plants provide powerful information. They often signal the rich nutrient density of the plant. When you look at a blueberry and see that color, you see delphinidin-3-galactoside. When you look at a carrot and see that color, you see beta carotene. Our eyes are adapted to notice the critical nutrients in food. The flavor molecules that we taste and seek after in plants are often important molecules for our health. That’s why our tongue is adapted to taste them. The color in food can also be a sign that the plant is dangerous, like a poisonous berry. It’s meant to aler...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 26, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Bambini Essential Oils Herbal Natural Source Type: blogs

Are Essential Oils Essential?
When it comes to food, the colors you see in plants provide powerful information. They often signal the rich nutrient density of the plant. When you look at a blueberry and see that color, you see delphinidin-3-galactoside. When you look at a carrot and see that color, you see beta carotene. Our eyes are adapted to notice the critical nutrients in food. The flavor molecules that we taste and seek after in plants are often important molecules for our health. That’s why our tongue is adapted to taste them. The color in food can also be a sign that the plant is dangerous, like a poisonous berry. It’s meant to aler...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 26, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Bambini Essential Oils Herbal Natural Source Type: blogs

Altitude Sickness & The Brain Stage of O2
Podcast Transcript of Altitude Sickness & The Brain Stage of O2 Dr. Greene: (00:01) Hi, this is Dr. Greene MsGreene: (00:02) and Ms. Greene and greetings from Chile. Hola!. Dr. Greene: (00:06) Hola! We are on a surprising trip and today we went to see the Atacama Cosmology Telescope high in the Andes Mountains, which was an amazing experience at 17,200 feet, MsGreene: (00:22) Which was a little bit scary. I’ve had altitude sickness in the past so I was a little bit intimidated by this whole thing. In the past I just, I got sick and I didn’t know why and so this time we tried to figure it out. And so it&rsqu...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 10, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Altitude Sickness Outdoor Exercise The Brain Stage Travel Source Type: blogs

CTs, MRIs, Ultrasounds: Differences, Risk & Benefits
What is a CT Scan? A machine whirs in an arc around a patient, snapping a rapid-fire series of x-rays from different angles. These x-ray snapshots are combined by a computer to produce virtual cross-section images of the body. These are called CT scans, which stands for computed tomography (computer-generated cross-sectional images). CT Scans Compared to Ultrasounds and MRIs When the CT scan was first introduced in the 1970s it caused something of a revolution in medicine, allowing doctors to see the inner structure of the body in a way that had been previously hidden – without surgery. Parents often wonder which is ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - June 18, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog CT Scan Safety Top Children's Safety Source Type: blogs

The Brain Stage: The Power & Promise of The Cephalic Phase for Health
  Listen to the Podcast or Read the Transcript [00:00:03] Hi I’m Dr. Alan Greene pediatrician and I’d like to talk with you tonight about The Brain Stage. [00:00:10] I remember vividly when I was a pediatric resident in training go to a Grand Rounds about a surprising topic. [00:00:18] The function of the brain and the function of the skin and one of the things that dermatologists talked about was a common procedure freezing warts. Freezing warts was then, and is still, one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. What she talked about was how wildly different the results were in different studies. Peo...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 23, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Cephalic Phase Placebo The Brain Stage Source Type: blogs

The Brain Stage: The Power & Promise of The Cephalic Phase for Health
Listen to the Podcast or Read the Transcript [00:00:03] Hi I’m Dr. Alan Greene pediatrician and I’d like to talk with you tonight about The Brain Stage. [00:00:10] I remember vividly when I was a pediatric resident in training go to a Grand Rounds about a surprising topic. [00:00:18] The function of the brain and the function of the skin and one of the things that dermatologists talked about was a common procedure freezing warts. Freezing warts was then, and is still, one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. What she talked about was how wildly different the results were in different studies. People use...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - May 23, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Cephalic Phase Placebo The Brain Stage Source Type: blogs

Itchy Eyes: Allergies are Crying Out for Attention
In many ways, the eyes are the windows of the body. When children have itchy eyes, it can disrupt their days – and nights. Itchy eyes often distract kids and decrease their ability to learn new material. If this weren’t bad enough, they can cause kids to sleep less well. For some kids, the difference in sleep can make them moody and hungry. Hangry is not what any parent, teacher or child wants. Why Do Kids Get Itchy Eyes? The human body is armed with an amazing immune system that includes an array of protection devices. The respiratory system tightens up when foreign particles are introduced. The nose secretes ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 10, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Allergies Hay fever Pollen Allergies Remedies Source Type: blogs

Itchy Eyes: Allergies are Crying Out for Attention
In many ways, the eyes are the windows of the body. When children have itchy eyes, it can disrupt their days – and nights. Itchy eyes often distract kids and decrease their ability to learn new material. If this weren’t bad enough, they can cause kids to sleep less well. For some kids, the difference in sleep can make them moody and hungry. Hangry is not what any parent, teacher or child wants. Why Do Kids Get Itchy Eyes? The human body is armed with an amazing immune system that includes an array of protection devices. The respiratory system tightens up when foreign particles are introduced. The nose secretes ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 10, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Allergies Hay fever Pollen Allergies Remedies Source Type: blogs

Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids
This study followed 657,461 children born in Denmark from 1999 through 31 December 2010, with follow-up from 1 year of age and through 31 August 2013. Another team of researchers completed an exhaustive review of all scientific studies of the MMR and its potential problems in 2001. The results are published in the September 2001 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Those authors concluded, “While the final decision rests with the parents, the evidence of the safety and efficacy of MMR  vaccine is so overwhelmingly conclusive that health professionals should have no hesitation recommending its use....
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 5, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Immunizations Source Type: blogs

Stuffy Nose and Cough Remedies for Kids
Kids are not small adults. That may seem like something so obvious that it goes without saying. Yet for decades the doses for many medicines, including over the counter cough and cold medicines were set by just starting with adult doses and reducing them according to children’s smaller size. It turns out, this often does not work. Kids deserve better. Before puberty, the hormonal environment within children’s bodies is significantly different than the hormonal environment in adults. Children’s bodies are set in the “rapid growth and development mode”. Young adults are in the “maintain an...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 26, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Colds Cough Remedies Stuffy Nose Source Type: blogs

Stuffy Nose and Cough Remedies for Kids
Kids are not small adults. That may seem like something so obvious that it goes without saying. Yet for decades the doses for many medicines, including over the counter cough and cold medicines were set by just starting with adult doses and reducing them according to children’s smaller size. It turns out, this often does not work. Before puberty, the hormonal environment within children’s bodies is significantly different than the hormonal environment in adults. Children’s bodies are set in the “rapid growth and development mode”. Young adults are in the “maintain and reproduce mode&rdqu...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 26, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Colds Cough Remedies Stuffy Nose Source Type: blogs

Where there ’s Fire, there’s Smoke: Poor air quality and asthma treatment
When the wildfires hit Northern California, I knew it would be only a matter of time before the smoke drifted into the Bay Area and the air quality worsened. Predictably, children with asthma would be showing up in emergency rooms and urgent care centers to get breathing treatments for their increased wheezing. And three weeks later there would be an increase in cases of pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections*. Smoke and Asthma Treatment Let’s address why humans wheeze in the first place. Wheezing is an adaptive, protective mechanism. It’s a cool feature of the human body. When we encounter something ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 4, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Air Quality Asthma Source Type: blogs

Where there ’s Fire, there’s Smoke: Poor air quality and asthma treatment
When the wildfires hit Northern California, I knew it would be only a matter of time before the smoke drifted into the Bay Area and the air quality worsened. Predictably, children with asthma would be showing up in emergency rooms and urgent care centers to get breathing treatments for their increased wheezing. And three weeks later there would be an increase in cases of pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections*. Smoke and Asthma Treatment Let’s address why humans wheeze in the first place. Wheezing is an adaptive, protective mechanism. It’s a cool feature of the human body. When we encounter something ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 4, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Air Quality Asthma Source Type: blogs

Garlic Oil for Ear Infection Pain
In this study of about 100 children, the herbal drops worked as well as the prescription drops. This is great news, except the study is from July 2001 and Otikon Otic Solution is no longer available, or at least not in the United States. From my perspective, eardrops of some type should play a large role in the management of ear infections. My favorite would be to use garlic oil for ear infections, in a potent high-quality extra virgin olive oil as a base. They would include mullein and other key organic and wild foraged herbs. Many ear infections can be safely managed without antibiotics if children are given pa...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 14, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Bambini Ear Infections Garlic Oil Remedies Source Type: blogs

Garlic Oil for Ear Infection Pain
In this study of about 100 children, the herbal drops worked as well as the prescription drops. This is great news, except the study is from July 2001 and Otikon Otic Solution is no longer available, or at least not in the United States. From my perspective, eardrops of some type should play a large role in the management of ear infections. My favorite would be to use garlic oil for ear infections, in a potent high-quality extra virgin olive oil as a base. They would include mullein and other key organic and wild foraged herbs. Many ear infections can be safely managed without antibiotics if children are given pa...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 14, 2019 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Bambini Ear Infections Garlic Oil Remedies Source Type: blogs

Saving Lives in Nepal with One Heart Worldwide
Follow this link for more information about One Heart Worldwide and their amazing work for mothers and babies. If you’ve enjoyed this Podcast, please join us for another @DrGreene and @MsGreene audio series — Our unexpected African adventure to meet Jane Goodall & the chimpanzees. The post Saving Lives in Nepal with One Heart Worldwide appeared first on DrGreene.com. (Source: Conversations with Dr Greene)
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 27, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Maternal and Infant Mortality Nepal Non-profit Travel Source Type: blogs

Saving Lives in Nepal with One Heart Worldwide
Maternal and infant mortality is a huge issue, world-wide. When I met Arlene Saman, the founder of One Heart Worldwide I was excited by the results they were seeing and I had ideas for ways to make the work even stronger. It was my pleasure to join the board of directors in 2015 and watch the work grow. Until this year, I’ve only watched from afar, but in 2018 my wife (@MsGreene) and I had the pleasure of joining Arlene and 14 other people to see the work first hand. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing our audio journal of the trip. We hope you will join us on this amazing journey. Click here for more infor...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 27, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Maternal and Infant Mortality Nepal Non-profit Travel Source Type: blogs

Saving Lives in Nepal with One Heart World-Wide
Maternal and infant mortality is a huge issue, world-wide. When I met Arlene Saman, the founder of One Heart World-Wide I was excited by the results they were seeing and I had ideas for ways to make the work even stronger. It was my pleasure to join the board of directors in 2015 and watch the work grow. Until this year, I’ve only watched from afar, but in 2018 my wife (@MsGreene) and I had the pleasure of joining Arlene and 14 other people to see the work first hand. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing our audio journal of the trip. We hope you will join us on this amazing journey. The post Saving Lives...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 27, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Maternal and Infant Mortality Nepal Non-profit Travel Source Type: blogs

Your Gut Bacteria Get Jet Lag Too
Many processes in our bodies are orchestrated on a ~24 hour schedule called the circadian rhythm. Body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, the immune system, melatonin and other hormones, alertness and sleepiness, and much more, rise and fall over the course of a day timed by our internal clock. When we travel between time zones faster than our internal clock can adjust, we experience jet lag. Our internal clock is out of sync with local time. We notice this with difficulty being alert during the day and difficulty sleeping at night. We might not notice it, but our physical and mental performance may be impaired as we...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 13, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Alan Greene MD Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Jet Lag Microbiome Source Type: blogs

Your Gut Bacteria Get Jet Lag Too
Many processes in our bodies are orchestrated on a ~24 hour schedule called the circadian rhythm. Body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, the immune system, melatonin and other hormones, alertness and sleepiness, and much more, rise and fall over the course of a day timed by our internal clock. When we travel between time zones faster than our internal clock can adjust, we experience jet lag. Our internal clock is out of sync with local time. We notice this with difficulty being alert during the day and difficulty sleeping at night. We might not notice it, but our physical and mental performance may be impaired as we...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 13, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Jet Lag Microbiome Source Type: blogs