Month: April 2016

WHAT TO DO ABOUT WETTING THE BED

Wetting the bed at night causes kids and parents a lot of stress. It is a really common problem, one that I see every week. Parents will kill themselves, setting alarms at night to help their kids get up and pee, buying all sorts of fancy devices, and trying all sorts of medicines to help “cure” it. The truth is, sometimes it just takes time. There are 2 major classifications of nighttime bed wetting (the medical term is nocturnal enuresis): primary and secondary. Someone with primary nocturnal enuresis has always wet the bed (since being a baby) and has...

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IS IT OKAY TO USE A NIGHT LIGHT IN A BABY’S ROOM

I fielded a question the other day on whether it was okay to use a nightlight in the baby’s room. The mother had heard conflicting reports. I was surprised. I recommend them in my practice all the time, especially with new babies. It is important for a new baby to get visual cues that tell her when it is day and when it is night. The problem that a parent encounters is how to see enough to find and feed the baby for middle-of-the-night feeds without turning on the light? The night light is the perfect answer without flipping on...

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SHOULD YOU NIP THE TIP?

Whether you should circumcise your newborn son is a big decision. Personal beliefs, religion, culture, and ethnic traditions play a big role in your ultimate decision. As a physician, I feel like it is my job to present the facts and let parents decide whether to circumcise based on what they think is best. To be clear, circumcision is an elective procedure (meaning it is chosen and consent has to be obtained) and not essential to a child’s health. What is circumcision? Circumcision is surgical removal of the skin covering the tip or end of the penis (foreskin). Circumcision...

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DOCTOR VISIT: DON’TS

Everyone wants the visit to the pediatrician to go well. If you avoid these things, it will help the visit go smoother. (See also article: Doctor Visit: Do’s). Do NOT lie to or trick your child. Tell your child the truth about what will happen and where they are going. I’m not advocating that you tell your child numerous times the week prior to a visit that they are going to get poked with shots, etc., but if they ask directly: “Am I getting shots?” don’t lie. Don’t tell your child that you are going elsewhere and then take your child...

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DOCTOR VISIT: DO’s

Here are a few things you can do to help get the most out of your visit to the pediatrician. Prepare your child. Before the visit, talk with your child about what will happen at the visit. It is a lot less scary if the child knows what to expect. For example, in a well-child check, your child will likely be asked to wear a gown. Explain that the doctor will listen to the heart, look in the ears, etc. Focus on the positives. When an office visit involves something negative or scary to a child (e.g., vaccinations), try...

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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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