Month: February 2016


My infant has recently turned one-year-old. A few days ago, I was sitting with my girls over breakfast and informed my 5 year-old that we needed to start teaching our baby her body parts. I had in my mind that we would start with her nose or mouth. Before I could say a word, my 5 year-old stands up on her chair, points between her legs, and screams, “vagina!” I nearly died of laughter. So while the rest of you may want to start with “nose” or “mouth,” apparently the Wonnacotts are starting with “vagina!” My husband doesn’t approve. Some of...

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Again, your child is complaining of her legs hurting. You think, “it’s probably growing pains,” but in the back of your mind you can’t dismiss the idea that it could be a tumor and you’re ignoring it. “Mother worry” strikes again! For those who may not know, growing pains are the pains you feel in your legs when you go through periods of rapid growth. Some kids never really complain of it, but others are plagued by it. Growing pains are a really common complaint. The pain is legit, so be sympathetic to your kiddo. Hallmarks of growing pains: Location: Bone...

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I was walking out of the library with my kids this weekend when in rides a kid on a hoverboard. Naturally, my two eldest piped in with “can we have one?” Without thinking, I responded, “No, they’re expensive.” Imagine my surprise when 2 days later I was reading this month’s AAP News and discovered an article titled: Injuries, Fires Prompt Warnings About Hoverboards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some models of hoverboards have spontaneously caught fire either while in use or while being charged. The CPSC has also had dozens of reports about injuries to...

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I had a cute mom come in this past week, with a question about “white stuff” in her baby’s mouth. She’s a savvy mom and had already “Googled” what it might be. She was right. It was thrush. (She was kind enough to let me snap a few pics of her kiddo for you. I know, pretty impressive how I managed to hold open the child’s mouth with a tongue depressor in one hand and snap a pic with the other.) What is thrush? Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by a fungus, Candida. I know what you’re thinking, ‘gross, my...

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Illnesses come in waves, and I’ve seen a lot of pink eye the last few weeks. Everyone fears “pinkeye.” I get it, it’s freaky. The medical term is conjunctivitis. With conjunctivitis, the conjunctiva (the thin, clear tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye) gets inflamed or infected. Most cases of conjunctivitis are caused by bacteria, viruses, or allergens/irritants. The first 2 causes (bacterial and viral) are highly contagious. Some of the signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis are: Pink or red discoloration to the white of the eye or inner eyelids...

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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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