Month: May 2016

HOW DO CHILDREN COMPREHEND DEATH?

In honor of Memorial Day, it seemed only fitting to address the topic of death. All children will be exposed to death at some point, it’s just a matter of when. How does a child understand death? What do I tell a child? How can I be supportive during difficult times? What to say and how to handle the situation entirely depends on your child’s age. Depending on your child’s age, he or she may have different levels of understanding regarding the concept that death is final, inevitable, and irreversible. Infants and Toddlers Infants and toddlers don’t understand any...

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NOROVIRUS: ANOTHER VOMIT/DIARRHEA BUG GOING AROUND

A nasty little stomach bug called Norovirus has been going around our community for the last few weeks. While we (the medical field in general), don’t usually do specific testing (it’s expensive and time consuming for something we don’t have a cure for), the kids that have gotten testing for one reason or another have all come back positive for Norovirus. And for every kid I’m seeing in the office with it, we are fielding twice as many calls about it, so I know it’s out there. Overall, Norovirus is the number one reason for diarrhea visits to the...

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IS YOUR CHILD OVERWEIGHT? HOW TO USE THE BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) TOOL

One of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and patients bad news. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news. Far and away, the most common bad news I bear is that a child is overweight. It doesn’t exactly make you beloved to say, “Your child is overweight.” However, I think that potential consequences of not saying anything are too great. Kids who are overweight usually turn into adults who are overweight. Overweight kids are at increased risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and the list goes...

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT A CHILD WHO HITS

Thanks for your question, Randie. Today’s Facebook page question is, “Why does my child hit?” Having a child who has decided to start hitting can be frustrating for a parent. Why are they doing that? What can I do about it? Most kids go through a hitting phase, or at least try it once. It typically happens in the young toddler/early childhood stage (15-30 months). It is really common. Kids hit for a variety of reasons. Why do kids hit? Because they can To see what sort of response they will get Due to emotion (frustration, anger, etc.) Because...

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THE SORE THROAT GOING AROUND: COXSACKIEVIRUS

This miserable little summer bug is making an early debut in the spring this year (at least in our neck of the woods). I’ve seen a few cases each day for the last week or two, clearly indicating to me that it is now “going around.” Coxsackievirus (group A subtype) is the virus that causes (among other things) “Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease,” as well as “Herpangina.” The difference between the two is essentially where the infection is. The first is, as the name implies, on the hands, feet, and in the mouth; herpangina is only in the mouth....

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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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