Month: April 2016

THAT RED RASH AROUND YOUR CHILD’S MOUTH: LIP-LICKING DERMATITIS

It seems that all of my children have gone through a stage of having that irritating red rash around their mouths. It looks terrible and drives me crazy. My infant is currently going through a stage of constantly sticking her tongue out and licking the skin below her mouth. The cause: While lip licking or biting is a common cause, there are other causes as well. Binky use is a common offender. The saliva gets trapped under the binky and on top of the skin and a rash develops. Finger-sucking is another common offender. The commonality is that saliva...

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BOOSTER SEATS: THE FACTS AND MY FAVES

One of the questions I get a lot include, “What is the best booster seat?” and “What are the top-rated booster seats?” Here’s what I know, and what I use: Booster seats are car seats designed to be used by children between the ages of 4-8 years-old. The seat belt in a car is designed to fit an adult sized body. The booster seat adjusts the child’s height, so the belt can fit the child properly. The belt should come across the child’s hips and chest, not tummy and neck. Using a booster seat instead of a seat belt...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR KID NOT BE SOCIALLY AWKWARD

When you reminisce about your childhood, you can always picture that socially awkward kid at your school or in your neighborhood. Now as parents, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to help our children to NOT be that socially awkward kid. When I say socially awkward, I mean that kid that everyone made fun of or who is socially isolated. The key to raising an integrated kid is prevention. In the world of kids, once you get labeled something (e.g., “the stinky kid”), it’s nearly impossible to shake the label. As parents, it is our...

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PEE ACCIDENTS IN A POTTY-TRAINED CHILD

If your child, who is fully potty trained, is starting to have daytime pee accidents, you should be concerned. The medical term is diurnal enuresis. It is not developmentally normal and generally indicates a problem. Now if your child has only been trained for a week, I wouldn’t consider that a consistently trained child. A newly trained child may be losing the motivation to stay dry (e.g., no more stickers or toy rewards). I would consider 6 months or longer a consistently trained child. Here are the common causes for kids to suddenly start peeing their pants. Urinary Tract...

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INTRODUCING SOLIDS: THE MAGIC, THE MYTH

Introducing solids to your baby is not nearly as scientific as we like to make it out to be. I trained in the era of give rice cereal first, then vegetables, then fruits, and finally meats. If you didn’t give foods in a certain way/order, you somehow would make it so your baby wouldn’t eat the other stuff. There was also some magic number of days that you had to wait between new foods. I have since learned that the science doesn’t support that how you introduce solids makes an ounce of difference. Don’t tell my husband, but I...

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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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