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: Dr. Alan Greene 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. 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: 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: 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
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: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Jet Lag Microbiome Source Type: blogs

More than a Quarter Million Antibiotic Related ER Visits
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between the years of 2011 and 2015 nearly 350,000 children in the US were taken to the emergency department for adverse drug events caused by antibiotics – and that at least one-third of antibiotic prescriptions given to children are unnecessary. Seven of the top ten drugs causing adverse drug events in children that lead to emergency room visits are antibiotics. What’s the Cost of Antibiotic Related ER Visits? ER visits average about $2000 each, so the total cost of ER visits for antibiotic side effects may have been around $700 million. And ag...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 29, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Antibiotic Overuse Antibiotics Emergency Room Remedies Source Type: blogs

Swallowed Button Batteries and Honey?!
Button battery ingestion is a big deal. So much so that The National Battery Ingestion Hotline (NBIH) was created in 1982 to study and advise best practices. They look at all types of batteries but swallowed button batteries account for 94% of batteries ingested. Until recently the agreed-upon first aid guidelines for a swallowed button battery were to take nothing at all by mouth (no oral intake!) but to get to the ER as soon as possible for timely x-rays to find the position of the battery, before promptly removing the battery with an endoscope. Who Swallows Button Batteries? Kids swallow button batteries, particularly k...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 13, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Household Safety Toddler Health & Safety Source Type: blogs

Oops. Decreasing iron supplements to every other day.
When iron supplements are given to treat iron deficiency, only a small amount of the iron is actually absorbed (2% to 28% depending on the study). To compensate for this, relatively large doses of iron are given – and the unabsorbed iron left in the gut contributes to the common side effects of taking iron (nausea and constipation). It can also increase inflammation in the gut and negatively affect the microbiome, the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. How to solve the problem? A standard recommendation has been to split the dose throughout the day in an attempt to increase the amount of iron actually absorb...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 6, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Iron Nutrition Top Vitamins & Supplements Source Type: blogs

Is There a Kind of Severe Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease?
Hand-foot-mouth disease can be caused by any of several related viruses, most commonly by one called coxsackievirus A-16. In 2008, an epidemic of one type of severe hand-foot-mouth disease (also known as HFMD) in China appeared in news reports around the world as the child-killing virus. More than forty people died in that outbreak; all of them children. The culprit was enterovirus 71, or EV-71. In 2011 another new cause of HFMD hit the United States, coxsackievirus A-6. People feel sicker with this one than typical HFMD; the rash is worse; it lasts longer; and they may temporarily lose their nails. One clue to t...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 27, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Diseases & Conditions Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

“Easy” is the Secret to Family Meals: Five Tools I Use
It’s no secret. I’m a fan of family meals. Eating together as a family while sitting around a table (in front of a TV doesn’t count) has been shown to reduce the odds that kids will be overweight, enhance their school performance, brighten their mood and decrease risky behavior. The reasons for these seemingly magical results are partially due to better nutrition but are also influenced by the conversations that naturally happen when a family joins together around a meal. When I encourage busy moms and dads to make mealtime a family affair, I often get the response, “We want to have family meals, bu...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 11, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Family Dinner Family Meal Family Nutrition Source Type: blogs

What ’ s Your Toddler ’ s Poop Telling You?
Picture this scene: A mom walks into my office and pulls out her phone. She scrolls and turns the phone to face me. On the screen is a photo of a previously used diaper. She’s concerned because when she was changing her toddler’s diaper she realized there’d been a change in the contents. This scene is not at all unusual. Whether in person or via image I examine the remains of the day on a regular basis. Deep down we all know, our poop tells a story. And so does our toddler’s poop. When the color, consistency or frequency of stool changes there is a reason. Does a red stool indica...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 9, 2018 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Pee & Poop Potty Training Toddler Source Type: blogs

2018: The Near Future of Flu
The influenza virus continues to be wildly successful at growing and spreading in people around the world because it slightly changes its structure from time to time to avoid our body’s detection systems. In particular, influenza periodically changes some of the proteins in the outer envelope of the virus to mislead our immune systems. We get fooled again and again. When someone with the flu coughs or sneezes, huge amounts of virus are spewed out in droplets that travel up to about 6 feet. Inhaling these droplets is the surest way for the virus to enter our bodies. It can also enter through landing on the eye. Beyond...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 14, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Colds & Flu Cough Source Type: blogs

Games, They Do a Family Good
As a pediatrician, I’m regularly asked for the best developmental tools for kids. Family games are one of my favorite ways to stretch mental abilities and to enjoy time together as a family. Games that are too easy and predictable are boring. Those that are too difficult are frustrating. And just the right stretch is a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorite family games with age recommendations: Frog Juice This is a magical card game where you get to make potions, cast spells, mix ingredients and use fairy tale powers. Be prepared to use basic math and probability skills and toss around toadstools, eye of newt, or...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 22, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Education Family Games Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Our unexpected African adventure to meet Jane Goodall & the chimpanzees
In a wonderful, and surprising turn of events, my wife Cheryl and I were given the amazing opportunity to travel to Tanzania to meet Jane Goodall, the chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Forest and to witness first hand the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. Inspired by our son’s recent travel podcast, we decided to keep an audio record of our unexpected African adventure. We’ll be releasing the podcasts over time, so come back to this page for the latest installment of our Amazing African Adventure to Meet Jane Goodall and the Chimpanzees. (Source: Conversations with Dr Greene)
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - October 10, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

A Diarrhea Solution That ’s a Real Revolution
More than a million times every year, in the US alone, people visit the doctor because of diarrhea. Hundreds of thousands get sick enough to be hospitalized. And as we all know, diarrhea is no fun. For kids and for their parents. On average kids will have diarrhea between 7 and 15 times before they finish kindergarten. It’s tough on the whole family, the baby-sitter, the preschool, and even the tee ball team. Up until recently, there wasn’t a great diarrhea solution for kids. All we could do is treat the symptoms, keep them hydrated and hope. An innovation called DiaResQ® has changed this. Recently named on...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 28, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Diapers Diarrhea Public Health Source Type: blogs

Meeting Jane Goodall & The Chimpanzees
After one of the hardest hikes of my life, I stepped into a small clearing and turned to see a full-grown male chimp perched in a tree just above and behind me. He was close enough to attack if he’d wanted to. Thankfully, he didn’t want to… I grew up reading National Geographic magazine from cover to cover every month. There I learned about diverse cultures, amazing ecosystems, and drank in vivid images of wild animals. It’s also where I, like many of you, first experienced meeting Jane Goodall. The amazing Jane Goodall. It’s one of the things that shaped my attitudes toward health, the envir...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 15, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Environmental Health Top Environmental Health Source Type: blogs

Men, Mosquitos, Sex & Zika
I often hear from readers with questions about pregnancy and Zika. This series of questions from a dad explores several issues important to couples when they consider sex in a post Zika world. Q: I just returned from a trip to a tropical location. There are confirmed cases of Zika in the area and there were definitely mosquitos where I was staying. Sadly, I got a few bites – nothing crazy, but I did get a few. The CDC recommendation is to avoid sex or use condoms for six months post traveling in a Zika zone. My wife and I are not trying to have another child right now, but my wife is not on any form of birt...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 10, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Birth Defects Insect Bites & Stings Sex Source Type: blogs

It ’s Time to Rethink Educational Start Times (REST)
We all know that sleep is important for our kids. So important, in fact, that a simple thing like what time school starts in the morning can affect levels of happiness, depression, illness, even suicide. It’s time for a change. The American Academy of Pediatrics just endorsed new Sleep Guidelines published last week by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Attached). Because these guidelines are brand new (April 13, 2017) and supported by two speciality societies, I believe this is the strongest paper to start with about the scope of the problem. Among other things, the guidelines say: “Sleeping the numb...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 24, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Collateral Damage: Pregnancy, Prematurity and Pesticides, Pregnancy
The chemical warfare between weed killers and weeds is escalating. Weed killers appeared to be winning the war at first, but in recent years weeds have developed increasing resistance to these chemicals. Pesticide manufacturers developed genetically modified crops that could withstand more potent dousing with weed killers. But again, the weeds developed increased resistance. The total amount of herbicides sprayed on soy crops in the US in 2017 will be more than double what it was when my kids were born. As recently as ten years ago, most soybean fields in the US were sprayed with just one or two herbicides. In 2017, most s...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 6, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Organic Pregnancy & Birth Pregnancy Nutrition Prenatal Source Type: blogs

Collateral Damage: Pregnancy, Prematurity and Pesticides, Pregnancy and Birth
The chemical warfare between weed killers and weeds is escalating. Weed killers appeared to be winning the war at first, but in recent years weeds have developed increasing resistance to these chemicals. Pesticide manufacturers developed genetically modified crops that could withstand more potent dousing with weed killers. But again, the weeds developed increased resistance. The total amount of herbicides sprayed on soy crops in the US in 2017 will be more than double what it was when my kids were born. As recently as ten years ago, most soybean fields in the US were sprayed with just one or two herbicides. In 2017, most s...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 6, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Organic Pregnancy Nutrition Prenatal Source Type: blogs

Collateral Damage: Pregnancy, Prematurity and Pesticides
The chemical warfare between weed killers and weeds is escalating. Weed killers appeared to be winning the war at first, but in recent years weeds have developed increasing resistance to these chemicals. Pesticide manufacturers developed genetically modified crops that could withstand more potent dousing with weed killers. But again, the weeds developed increased resistance. The total amount of herbicides sprayed on soy crops in the US in 2017 will be more than double what it was when my kids were born. As recently as ten years ago, most soybean fields in the US were sprayed with just one or two herbicides. In 2017, most s...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - April 6, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Organic Pregnancy Nutrition Prenatal Source Type: blogs

Dr. Greene ’ s Guide to Allergy Care: How To Prevent And Treat This Season ’s Allergies
If you’re in the Northern hemisphere of this beautiful planet, it’s the beginning of spring for you. The blossoming flowers and budding leaves are amazing to watch, but can also trigger allergies. If you or a loved one experiences allergies, here are some of my favorite recommendations on what can be done to help – a guide to allergy care for you and your family. How to Prevent Symptoms: Avoid Triggers Your first step towards feeling better on a daily basis is avoiding the things that cause your allergic reactions in the first place. TIPS TO AVOID ALLERGENS: – Keep doors and windows closed on high-p...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 27, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Alexandra Carmichael Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Allergies Source Type: blogs

Pee in the Pool: What You Should Know, What You Should Do
Scientists recently figured out a cool way to measure how much urine is in a public swimming pool. And the results are sure to turn some heads! Their sweet idea? They used the artificial sweetener acesulfame K (Ace K). The human body is unable to break down aspartame, which is why there are no calories. It’s excreted intact in our urine and stable in swimming pool water. Researchers closely followed two public pools and found nearly 8 gallons of urine in the smaller one and nearly 20 gallons of urine in the larger one. They also found high levels in the 31 other pools and hot tubs they checked. People are peeing prod...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 3, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Outdoor Outdoor Fun Outdoor Safety Water Quality Source Type: blogs

Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Night vs. Day Milk: Your Questions Answered
  Learning to breastfeed your baby can be one of the most challenging and beautiful experiences of being a new parent. Many moms choose to also learn how to pump their breastmilk for times when they can’t be there to nourish their little one, or for other reasons. Here are some new insights I’ve learned and answers to questions that often come up around pumping. When and for how long should I be pumping?  Moms may pump for many reasons: engorgement, sore nipples or problems latching on; babies that are too sick or too premature to nurse; to increase or maintain milk production; to be ready for an occa...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 20, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Breastfeeding Tips Pregnancy & Nursing Pumping Top Breastfeeding Source Type: blogs

AI, Chatbots and The Future of Medicine
Back in 1996 the leaders of medicine gathered in Washington D.C. at the IOM headquarters to to discuss something revolutionary and important: health information becoming available to the public on the web. I was probably the youngest person in the room. One of the doctors I revered stood and addressed the assembled crowd, telling us that the Internet is dangerous, the risks are too great, and we should warn all patients never to look up health information or answers to their health questions online. Applause filled the room. When the room quieted, I stood. I had already been answering questions at DrGreene.com since 1995 ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - February 6, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog AI Chatbot Future of Medicine Source Type: blogs

Breast Feeding When Mom Feels Sick
Between sleep deprivation and putting the needs of others before their own, it’s pretty common for moms to get sick. It’s not uncommon for me to get questions about breast feeding when mom feels sick and I totally understand the concerns. There’s not one answer for everyone, but here are my thoughts. Should I breast feed the baby if I’m sick? Personalized precision medicine: If you have a minor illness, such as the cold or flu, not only is breast feeding still okay, but it can also be one of the best things you can do to help protect your baby. Your baby has probably already been exposed to the viru...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 9, 2017 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Tips Source Type: blogs

ADHD and Blue Light Syndrome: Changing Sleep is Key to Changing Success at Home and at School
Each year billions of dollars are spent in the US trying to improve the experience of children with ADHD and their parents. But one of the simplest and most effective ADHD interventions is often neglected. One in ten American children aged 5–17 years has been diagnosed with ADHD, with boys more than twice as likely to be diagnosed as girls. The hyperactivity, impulsiveness and attention problems can be quite disruptive to the kids, their homes, and their classrooms. The great majority of children diagnosed with ADHD are treated with prescription medications. It’s not clear that this is a great long-term solutio...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - September 6, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized ADHD ADHD & Sleep Source Type: blogs

Sleep Blues: How to change your quantity and quality of sleep
We can survive longer without food than we can without sleep. About twice as long. Good food may be central to good health, but so is good sleep. And we often miss out on its amazing benefits. Improved sleep has been linked to improved health in many ways. The evidence is clear that those who get plenty of sleep have a lower risk of being overweight, of being depressed, of being sick, of being injured, and that kids have better attention, better mood, better behavior, better grades, better standardized test scores – and a better quality of life overall. How did we let this slip away? In the not-too-distant past, the ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 26, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Blue Light Syndrome Sleep Sleep Deprivation Source Type: blogs

The Straight Scoop on Grains
Dr. Greene’s take on healthy whole grains… What popular kids’ food starts to turn to sugar in their mouth and becomes 100% glucose by the time it’s absorbed? You guessed it, processed white flour. But here’s the surprising kicker, it’s the number-one most popular food for most kids: White bread for sandwiches Hamburger buns Pasta Pizza crust Cookies Cakes They all add up to a very unhealthy diet. What’s a parent to do? In this week’s video I outline how you can get a quick handle on which healthy whole grains are good (even great) and which ones need to go. For many pare...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - June 23, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Eating & Nutrition Healthy Family Eating Source Type: blogs

Recommended Probiotics for Kids
Promoting healthy, diverse gut bacteria appears able to make a big difference in keeping us healthy. That’s why I often recommend probiotics for the kids in my pediatric practice. This is especially true after a course of antibiotics. Many parents are confused by the wide array of probiotics available and ask for my recommendations. There are several nice options. I suggest trying one and observing changes in y0ur child’s digestive health. If you don’t see the desired result (either stool that is too loose or continued constipation), try a different brand. Brands of Recommended Probiotics for Kids Garden...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - March 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Nutrition Probiotics Vitamins & Supplements Source Type: blogs

Solving Night Terrors Lickety-split
We’ve come upon a great solution for night terrors in my house (OK, my wife actually came up with it :) that worked with our son and thousands of others. If you’ve ever run in to this with your child, you’ve probably noticed that your kids are stuck in a state of unfamiliarity, making it not only scary for them, but for you as well. One night when this was happening to our son, it occurred to Cheryl (whom may of you have chatted with in the comments – she’s ‘MsGreene’) that the issue may be related to potty training. The two often occur in toddlers at around the same age, there was...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 28, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Dreams & Night Terrors Sleep Sleep Habits Toddler Sleep Source Type: blogs

Googling The Internet Within
About 82% of the people who answered a recent Scanadu poll question say they search online first about their symptoms, before turning to their doctors. Even some doctors who responded said they searched first. This is a relatively recent phenomenon. When we launched DrGreene.com in 1995 people didn’t have access to medical information. Subscriptions to medical journals were very expensive or locked in medical libraries that were only accessible to medical professionals. But the Web forever changed this dynamic, and the mobile web put the world’s information about symptoms at people’s fingertips wherever t...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - January 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Technology Source Type: blogs

Skin to Skin Contact with Your Premature Baby
When you find out you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is plan for a less than ideal birth. You want to share 40 weeks of blissful pregnancy, followed by a four hour labor and five minute delivery, then hold your newborn in your arms and bond. I hope that’s your experience. But it may not be. And if it’s not, you’ll likely experience a range of emotions from fear to anger to grief. But remember, even if things don’t go as you’d hoped, you can still have a perfectly healthy baby. One possible change in your plan is a premature birth. Sadly, when baby comes early, there may need ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - December 9, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Prenatal Prenatal Preparation Top Prenatal Source Type: blogs

The Window of Opportunity for Teaching Your Kids Great Eating Habits
Dr. Greene’s take on great eating habits… What does mother goose have to do with getting kids to eat right? Researcher Konrad Lorentz showed that by replacing a mother goose with something else as the first thing a baby goose encountered, he could alter the behavior of the baby goose to view that thing (even a toy train!!) as ‘mama’. This phenomenon is referred to as “imprinting,” and it works just as well for “what’s for dinner?” as it does for “who’s mama?” But there’s a catch – it only works for a short while. If you want your children...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - November 20, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Infant Infant & Baby Feeding Infant Feeding Newborn Newborn Development Top Infant Top Infant Nutrition Top Newborn Source Type: blogs

Antibiotic Scorecard: 1 Easy Way to Change the World for Your Child
Your choice of chain restaurants could help make a profound difference. Thanks to the help of some impressive organizations, we now have an antibiotic Scorecard to help us along the way. Antibiotic overuse is resulting in a crisis of antibiotic resistance and is changing the microbiome of our children – the vibrant microscopic world that lives on, in, and around their growing bodies. Antibiotic overuse makes all of us less safe, and children are among the most vulnerable. Already, more than 2 million Americans get an antibiotic-resistant infection each year. Around 23,000 people will die from these infections. Many p...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - September 15, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Eating & Nutrition Source Type: blogs

From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?
Dr. Greene’s take on a picky eater… Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there’s even a name for it – neophobia or “the fear of new things”. After observing my patients go through this over and over again I had to ask myself why? And I came to the conclusion kids were actually designed that way. In this week’s video, I describe food neophobia and why it has an important place in childhood development. If you have a baby who is still in the “hummm, let’s see ...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - September 14, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Family Nutrition Toddler Source Type: blogs

From Omnivorous to Picky Eater – What Changed?
Ever wonder why a 9-month-old will put anything in her mouth and the same 19-month-old refuses to eat anything new? This activity is so common that there’s even a name for it – neophobia or “the fear of new things”. After observing my patients go through this over and over again I had to ask myself why? And I came to the conclusion kids were actually designed that way. In this week’s video, I describe food neophobia and why it has an important place in childhood development. If you have a baby who is still in the “hummm, let’s see what dust-bunnies taste like” phase of life,...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - September 14, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Family Nutrition Toddler Source Type: blogs

Babies ’ Development and the Role of Food
Babies’ development from conception to age three is mind-boggling. Newborns resting in their parents arms are not very mobile and don’t have much to say. By the time they’re three years old, they have learned to roll over, sit up, get themselves precariously standing on two feet. They’ve learned to walk and even run. They can maneuver stairs, stand on one foot, and jump with both feet leaving the ground. Perhaps most impressively, they’ve learned hundreds of words. Amazingly, they’re already putting the words together in sentences and speaking with plurals. They can tell you what’s...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 19, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Infant & Baby Feeding Infant Development Newborn Development Newborn Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Babies’ Development and the Role of Food
Babies’ development from conception to age three is mind-boggling. Newborns resting in their parents arms are not very mobile and don’t have much to say. By the time they’re three years old, they have learned to roll over, sit up, get themselves precariously standing on two feet. They’ve learned to walk and even run. They can maneuver stairs, stand on one foot, and jump with both feet leaving the ground. Perhaps most impressively, they’ve learned hundreds of words. Amazingly, they’re already putting the words together in sentences and speaking with plurals. They can tell you what’s...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - August 19, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Infant & Baby Feeding Infant Development Newborn Development Newborn Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Mom ’s Diet while Breastfeeding
Mom’s diet while breastfeeding can change the composition of her breast milk. It’s no wonder nursing mothers have questions about what they should and shouldn’t eat. Here’s a quick overview of the most commonly asked questions about mom’s diet while breastfeeding. How Many Calories Do Mom’s Need while Breastfeeding? One rule of thumb is to take in about (15 x your current weight) + 500 calories a day. So for a woman who weighs 125 pounds, this would be about 2375 calories a day. But this is just a rule of thumb. Choosing healthy foods, following your appetite, and paying attention to you...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 20, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dr. Alan Greene Tags: Dr. Greene's Blog Uncategorized Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Tips Source Type: blogs