Baby eating carrot puree with huge smile. Timing starting solids is key.
    Timing for Starting Solids

    One of the questions I'm asked repeatedly is, "What is the best timing for starting solids." My take on the best timing to start solid foods is different than what I've seen elsewhere. It depends on w…

    Three Facts You Need to Know about Babies and Water
    Three Facts You Need to Know about Babies and Water

    Water is essential to maintain health for children and adults alike, and it should be the beverage of choice for all of us, with one notable exception. For infants, water is not necessary and may even…

    Crying baby in a stripped onesie
    Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    The long crying spasms of colic can be exhausting for parents and babies alike. Because babies with colic have been shown in some studies to have fewer species of beneficial bacteria in their intestin…

    The Colic Bacteria?
    The Colic Bacteria?

    Dr. Greene's take on the colic bacteria... People used to be convinced that ulcer disease was caused by stress. The treatment of ulcers turned upside down when it was discovered and then proven that t…

    Toddler on a greene lawn in the process of falling head first.
    Big Heads & Baby Falls

    Most parents are surprised at the ease with which small children can fall from beds, changing tables, and high chairs. Even before they can roll over, they have a remarkable knack for propelling thems…

    Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay
    Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

    Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., once said, "If you don't have oral health, you're simply not healthy." As with many health topics, the basis for a lifetime of good oral health begins whe…

    Melamine
    Melamine

    Melamine in Baby Formula: Not a reason for panic in the US We're all worried when we hear that more than 50,000 Chinese infants have been sickened and six have died from melamine-tainted baby formula.…

    Using a Fan to Prevent SIDS
    Using a Fan to Prevent SIDS

    Is a ceiling fan for the nursery a great baby gift? I love finding simple ways to protect kids, and fans may be exactly that ? a way to protect babies from one of parents' greatest fears: sudden infan…

    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter
    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    There is an intense ongoing debate about the safety of bisphenol ?A, or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic products including many baby bottles and reusable water bottles. Itacts like a hormone…

    Eco-Friendly Baby
    Eco-Friendly Baby

    I pulled this ParentsTV video out of the vault of oldies, but goodies. In it, host Juli Auclare asks, "What parent doesn't love making choices that are not only healthy for their kids, but safe for th…

    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?
    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    Dr. Greene's take on baby fat... How quickly does being overweight affect health? Overweight babies and toddlers under age 2 already show signs of health problems according to a study in the August 20…

    Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese
    Pie in the Face: Eczema and the Surprising Timing of Cheese

    Dr. Greene's take on eczema and cheese... Eczema rates are careening upwards in children around the world. It's now a big slice on the pie chart, affecting up to 1/3 of all kids in Western societies. …

    Vitamin Sunshine
    Vitamin Sunshine

    Dr. Greene's take on the importance of sunshine... An astonishing forty percent of healthy American babies and toddlers have been found to have low levels of vitamin D. Children can get vitamin D in t…

    Nipple Creams
    Nipple Creams

    Dr. Greene's take on nipple creams... The FDA warned on May 23, 2008 that using Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream may harm nursing babies, citing concerns about toxic ingredients potentially causing serious …

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema
    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA), one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has p…

    A Hidden Benefit of Breast Feeding
    A Hidden Benefit of Breast Feeding

    Breast feeding may help protect you from a painful, sometimes even crippling, condition later in life. Okay, I don't think this benefit will be the deciding factor for starting or continuing breastfee…

    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning
    BPA, Baby Bottles… Just the Beginning

    One of the reasons I wrote Raising Baby Green was to help parents easily sort through and prioritize which baby products area healthiest and safest for their children. In the book I suggest alternativ…

    DHA and Diarrhea
    DHA and Diarrhea

    I received a letter expressing concern that some babies do not tolerate formula with added Docosahexaenoic acid/ARA and that parents are not aware of this possibility. DHA and ARA are important fatty …

    What Is Pediatric GERD and How Can You Treat It?
    What Is Pediatric GERD and How Can You Treat It?

    About one in five babies are excessively fussy (often called colic). Babies may cry for many reasons, but the latest research suggests that at least 40% of these fussy kids may actually be suffering f…

    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes
    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes

    Taking vitamin D drops in the first year of life may help prevent kids from developing type 1 diabetes, according to a study released March 13, 2008 in Archives of Disease in Childhood. The study is a…