Month: May 2016

YOUR KID PROBABLY ISN’T GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN D

It seems that vitamin D is the “hot” vitamin to be discussing these days. There are many conflicting studies and reports out there on the effects of vitamin D. How is a parent to navigate if and when to supplement? The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that most children in the United States do not get enough vitamin D in a day. This is what led to the recommendation to double the daily amount for babies and children to 400 IU a day (before Oct. 2008, the recommendation was 200 IU/day). It is worth noting that the Food and Nutrition...

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CAN I GIVE MELATONIN TO HELP MY KID SLEEP?

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t field a question about whether or not to use Melatonin in kids. In case you haven’t heard, Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain that helps regulate sleep. It can be purchased over the counter and comes in a variety of forms (pills, gummies, liquids, etc.). It’s claim is to aid in sleep. So, it is easy to see why tired parents are calling to see if it’s a viable option for their kids who have sleep problems. The scientific facts Melatonin is a hormone that is produced...

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COUGHING AT NIGHT OR WHEN RUNNING? THINK ASTHMA.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) calls May the National Asthma & Allergy Awareness month because this is the peak season for problems. So it seemed fitting to write about asthma and increase awareness. Asthma is major health concern in America. Did you know (according to the AAFA) 10 people a day die from asthma Asthma affects 24 million Americans 3 million children (younger than 18) have asthma Asthma is chronic disease that causes the airways in the lungs to be inflamed. The inflammation causes the airways to become narrow. Those narrow airways spell trouble whenever the demands on the...

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THE OTHER KIND OF EAR INFECTION: OTITIS EXTERNA

My ears are currently killing me and have inspired today’s post on otitis externa. I got it from my habit of swimming for exercise, and it’s being exacerbated by putting a stethoscope in my ears 25 times a day. While I am miserable right now, I’m trying to look on the bright side. At least I have more empathy for my suffering patients who can’t tell me how much pain they are in. The type of ear infection I have is really common in kids, but parents are often surprised to realize that it is different from a typical...

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ARE YOU RAISING ENTITLED KIDS WHO WON’T DO ANYTHING?

This week’s question stemmed from a frustrated parent of teenagers. This parent, like so many, was struggling to get the kids to “do anything.” The kids won’t help around the house, won’t do their homework (and are consequently doing poorly in school), are disrespectful, and seem to only want to be on media (mostly phones) all the time. Does this sound familiar? If it does, take heart, you’re not alone (I have had to reassess and adjust my own approach many times on the road of parenthood). My advice is simple, take back control. Start with an honest inventory...

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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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