Month: February 2016

DOC, I GOT A PROBLEM

This past week, I had the opportunity to see a cute 8 year-old-boy, who I’ve seen since birth, for his annual well child check-up. As we were wrapping up our delightful visit, I simply asked, “Do you have any questions or need anything?” He replied, very seriously, “Doc, I have a problem.” “What’s the problem?” I inquired, a bit concerned. “I need a new butt,” he responded. “Oh?” I inquired. To which he responds, “Mine has a crack in it.” And he promptly died of laughter. I couldn’t help but laugh. According to his mom, he’s been preparing his...

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5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN THROWING A BIRTHDAY PARTY

I’m celebrating a birthday this month. Don’t ask how old I’ll be. For the first time in my working career I am taking the day off. I don’t have any great plans, but even going to the grocery store by myself sounds like a little slice of Heaven. Maybe I’ll sit down and eat lunch, while it’s hot. The possibilities are endless. In honor of birthdays, I thought I’d give a few pointers for throwing birthday parties for kids. Pintrest is a blessed curse for the comparative, guilt prone parent. Just remember, it’s not about how much money you...

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MY PARENT FAIL: THE TRAGIC RED BUTT

After 3 nights in a row of waking up this past week with my baby, I finally had it. I decided to practice what I preach and let her cry it out. I am not good at this. As it turns out, I am a sucker for a crying kid. She’s just too cute. Anyway, at 2 a.m., she woke up crying. After 20 mins, she fell back asleep. At 6 a.m., she was up again. After 10 mins of crying, I decided she probably wasn’t going back to sleep and would be up for the day. When I...

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3 TRICKS FOR PREVENTING ECZEMA FLARES

With the dry, winter weather, I have seen a lot of eczema flaring these days. So either we all move to Hawaii (which doesn’t sound like a bad idea) or step up our game. At our house, I have converted from the once daily Cetaphil lotion after nightly tubs with our kids to the twice daily Cetaphil Cream. Here are 3 things you can do to treat/prevent eczema flare ups. Use hypoallergenic products (laundry detergents, soaps, lotions). Use thick moisturizers (should be white or clear) multiple times a day. Use a steroid cream (you’ll usually get this prescribed from...

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6 TIPS FOR STAYING WELL WHEN SICK KIDS COUGH ON YOU ALL DAY

February in Utah is cold season. I mean the cough/cold and cold weather. The inversion along the mountains sets in, air quality is sometimes bad, and everyone is sick. This year has been an exceptionally bad cough and cold season. RSV, parainfluenza, rhinovirus, and influenza (to name a few) are running rampant in our communities. I get asked how I manage to stay well when I get coughed on all day every day. I think I’ve built up a pretty good immune system over the years, but I think some basic good tips help a lot. Wash your hands. Everyone...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com 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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