Month: January 2016


I wrote this article back in 2009 about new car seat regulations. Here it is: There’s a brand new recommendation from The American Academy of Pediatrics to keep toddlers rear facing in a car seat until the age of 2. This replaces the previously held recommendation of rear facing until 1 year and 20 lbs. The latest research indicates that the toddler is five times safer when rear facing versus forward facing. Furthermore, a child is 75% less likely to die or experience serious injury when riding in a rear facing car seat. (Henary B, et al. Inj Prev....

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Most women have heard the statement: “Breastfeeding is best for your baby.” Here’s why: If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding, carefully read the information below as you make your decision. If you are currently breastfeeding, or have breastfed your baby, congratulations! This is how you helped your baby. Benefits to baby Immunoglobulins, which help protect against diseases and illnesses, are passed from the mother to the baby. The following are some of the acute (short-term) disorders breastfeeding may help against. Acute (short-term) disorders Diarrhea Otitis media (ear infections) Urinary tract infections Necrotizing enterocolitis (portions of the bowel die,...

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Thanks T.E. from Alabama for your question about your child not drinking. What to do in the case of poor fluid intake/not drinking in an infant Anytime a parent presents a child who will not drink or is not drinking much (be it formula, breast milk, water, etc.), I always ask “why not?” Is the child sick? In which case, I will expect fluid intake to increase when the child feels better. Is the child naturally weaning off of breastfeeding? In which case, I need to introduce a cup or bottle (depending on the child’s age). Is the child...

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Thanks H.S. from Texas for your topic suggestion of foods rich in protein. Eating a balanced diet is important for your child’s nutrition and growth. Protein is an important part of your child’s nutrition. If your child is failing to thrive or needs to gain weight, your pediatrician may suggest “power packing” your child’s diet with lots of protein. Generally speaking, protein should make up 10-20% of the calories in your child’s diet. The exact number of grams depends on your child’s age. Example: Preschool age to 6 years: 22 grams of protein/day 7-10 years: 28 grams of protein/day....

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The other day I had a mom ask me (somewhat embarrassed), “What do I feed my child?” She’s a great mom and I’ve known her since the birth of her baby. Her honest question reflects the concerns of many parents. All children need sound nutrition and foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. If you remember that you are fueling your child’s growing brain and body, you may think twice before microwaving chicken nuggets and going to the fast food drive through. It is my opinion that we as a society are propagating this notion of “kid food,” (e.g., mac...

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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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