Month: January 2016


I believe that a person can find whatever he or she is looking for on the Internet. If the claim is that the sky is green, I’m sure some “expert” has written something to support that theory. People logically know that they can’t believe everything they read on the Internet, but for whatever reason, that logic seems to go out the window when discussing vaccines. When it comes to vaccines, there are a lot of bad websites out there with misleading, false information. I’ve compiled a list of some websites I know of that provide reliable, factual, scientific-based information...

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There is a very specific schedule of what vaccinations children are supposed to get when, and how long the interval needs to be between vaccines. The schedule is updated each year to accommodate any changes (e.g., addition of new vaccines). There are essentially three schedules: Ages 0-6 years, ages 7-18 years, and a catch-up schedule (if patients are behind on vaccines or start late). This is the approved schedule that all doctors should be using. Below are the links to the schedules. 0-6 years: 7-18 years: Catch up: Some of the Products I Love BOOSTER SEATS:...

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What are all the available vaccines and what are they for? I’ve listed them all below, organized by age groups. The common abbreviation is in parenthesis, followed by what each vaccine protects against, if not explicit in the name (e.g., Hepatitis B protects against Hepatitis B infection). Of note, I have only listed the common things that each vaccine protects against. (Nearly all the viruses AND bacteria have severe side effects [e.g., death] that I have not listed here.) Vaccines recommended for children 0-6 years old Hepatits B (hep B) Rotavirus: Rotavirus is a virus that causes severe diarrhea....

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There isn’t a day that goes by in my practice that I don’t hear concerns from parents over vaccines. Are they safe? Is it too many at all once? And especially, should I really even worry about that disease? Great question. An article in the AAP NEWS (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) addresses the concern for a polio outbreak in the United States. I realize that polio is not a disease that people in my generation and younger think much of, in fact very few people have ever seen it. I happen to be among the very few...

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While I love my child dearly, I also love his naptime. When my child naps, it gives me a chance to get things done without interruptions, have a minute of peace and quiet, and recharge personally. So when is this glorious time going to end? Here’s the basic breakdown of naps by age. Of course, every child’s sleep need is different, but this is a good guide. Newborns: Most of a newborn’s sleep is like one cycle of napping. They sleep for intervals of 2-4 hours at a time. 6 Weeks to 5 Months: A regular sleep pattern starts...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott

I'm a pediatrician and a mom. is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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