Month: March 2016

HELP! MY KID IS EATING DIRT!

Kids do gross things. Sometimes they eat dirt. But did you know that eating dirt can be a sign of a medical problem? If your child eats dirt, he may be anemic. The medical term for eating something non-nutritive is “pica.” By definition, pica lasts a month or longer (it’s not a one-time thing). You can have pica for just about anything, but common offenders are dirt, paint, ice, paper, clay, sand, and metal. I once had a patient who had pica for foam. The mom didn’t notice his pica until he had eaten a good portion of his...

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CHECK OUT THIS TONGUE. ITS GEOGRAPHIC!

This super cute patient of mine came in this week with a cool tongue finding. It’s not an every-day occurrence, but something I see every few months (it happens more commonly in adults)—the geographic tongue. It’s called such because the tongue looks like a map. The other terms are benign migratory glossitis and erythema migrans (docs love diagnosing these fancy names because it makes us feel smart). Geographic tongue is an inflammatory condition of the tongue where the papillae (small bumps) are missing in different areas. The quick facts on geographic tongue: It’s totally benign (not cancer) A small...

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JUST SAY IT: PENIS AND VAGINA

On the heels of yesterday’s post, I thought I’d address the issue of what names you call “private” body parts to your kids. I understand completely that everyone’s background and comfort level is different. It is natural to use nicknames to address body parts that you may not personally be comfortable addressing by the real medical name. I know what you’re thinking, ‘I don’t want to hear my three year old saying vagina.’ You may change your mind though when you hear that kids who know the correct anatomical terms are less likely to be sexually abused/assaulted than those...

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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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