Month: March 2016

DECODING COUGH AND COLD MEDICATIONS

I was recently at the store and went to the cough and cold aisle. There was a mom standing there with an obviously sick kid in the cart. She was just staring at all the meds and looked like she was about to cry. I generally try not to offer friendly, unsolicited advice to strangers (strange, people usually don’t like it), but I decided to speak up in this case. When I told her I was a pediatrician and asked what her child’s symptoms were, she nearly fell into my arms with relief for the help. So I thought I’d...

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DON’T CALL YOUR DOCTOR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IF…

Parents and friends often ask me about the weird or strange calls I get. Obviously, I can never divulge details. But I have a running list of things NOT to call me about in the middle of the night. (Sometimes I think people don’t realize that the on-call doc is actually at home in bed but has agreed to take emergency calls when they come through.) I figured I should put together a top 10 list. I’ll add to it as time goes on, but for now, let me add a couple based on types of calls I’ve personally...

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SHOULD I BUY A BREAST PUMP?

If you are having a baby and planning on breastfeeding, you may want to consider buying a breast pump. The most valuable time to have a breast pump is generally in the first few days after having a baby. So if you’re going to invest in one, do so early. Consider buying a breast pump if you’re planning on breastfeeding and… You’re going to go back to work. You want to be able to leave your infant for more than three hours (you could use formula for the baby, but your breasts will still need emptying). You ever have...

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“MOM, SHE WON’T STOP BUGGING ME!” SIBLING RIVALRY WOES

This weekend, my children were fighting. I know, shocker, the Wonnacott children fight? I was getting the baby breakfast and listening as my two oldest were verbally tormenting each other. I was attempting to stay out of it and let them work it out. But soon, I could see that things were quickly deteriorating; one child was now making the other child cry by copying everything the other said. One child pleaded to me, “mom make her stop!” At that point, I said “enough.” I told them that they were both forbidden to say another word to each other or suffer the loss of...

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WHAT ARE THE BEST TOYS?

As parents, we always want to give our kids “the best.” The best schools, the best sports teams, the best education, and the best toys. Somehow, if we give our children the best of everything, we increase our odds of them growing up to be successful, happy, contributing members of society. Or do they? It’s not uncommon for me to get asked, “What are the best toys for my child?” I’m a little old-school and have always said, “Nothing beats a great book read with child or a simple toy that promotes imaginative play.” Imagine my surprise when I read...

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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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