Month: March 2016

FEBRILE SEIZURES: IS YOUR CHILD AT RISK?

A febrile seizure is a seizure that happens when a child has a fever. Febrile seizures happen in 3-5% of children, and usually occur between the ages of 6 months to 6 years. Children who have had 1 febrile seizure have a 20-30% risk of having another. Most febrile seizures happen as a result of viruses (like what causes a common cold). How do I know if my child is having a febrile seizure? Febrile seizures cause involuntary twitching, shaking, or stiffening of the body. It usually involves the whole body (not a partial seizure that causes just a part...

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UNEVEN BREASTS IN EARLY ADOLESCENT GIRLS

On the heels of yesterday’s post on gynecomastia, I thought I’d give a nod to girl’s breast development. If I am seeing an early adolescent girl for a physical (10-13 yrs.), I almost always get questions about her breast development. It seems that although we as moms grew boobs ourselves, we don’t remember the details of when it first started with us. It is normal for the tissue to grow uneven at first. One side will grow, while the other is completely flat. It can be so impressive that often girls and their mom’s don’t realize that the growth...

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DOES YOUR SON HAVE MAN BOOBS?

When I was in medical school, I would come home and tell my husband about various conditions I learned about that day. He quickly developed a rotating list of his “top three greatest fears.” Gynecomastia was a regular in the top three. Gynecomastia is a benign increase in the size of male breast tissue; man boobs, if you will. It’s one of those things that no boy wants to talk about, but it’s actually pretty common, and it causes a lot of stress. In pediatrics, it happens at two different times in a boy’s life. First, it happens at birth....

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HOW TO HAVE LESS PAINFUL BLOOD DRAWS

Having your child’s blood drawn is awful. If you’ve been through it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, it’s worse than you imagine. Holding your child down and having her scream in pain and fear is downright terrible. If you’ve cried during your child’s blood draw, you are normal. Unfortunately, sometimes it has to be done. The good news is that there is a little insider trick to making it go better. It just takes time and money (like everything in life I suppose). There are medications that can be prescribed to numb the skin prior to a...

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT DRAINING EARS

I am on call this weekend and have received a couple of calls about draining ears. Here’s the quick scoop on when you see stuff coming out of your kid’s ears. First question is what is coming out of the ear? Is it just wax? Wax is usually a dark brown and sticky. There is no pain associated with wax. However, if it is pus, now we’re talking infection. Pus is white or yellow, creamy in consistency, and has a foul odor. Almost all cases of pus draining out of the ear come from one of two ways. First,...

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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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