Month: May 2016

RHINOVIRUS – THE BUG THAT’S GOING AROUND

Rhinovirus seems to be the virus de jour in the last few weeks. In medicine, we often don’t go to the effort to do specific viral testing on kids who appear to have “just a cold.” The test is painful (a swab up the nose), is expensive (hundreds of dollars), and takes time and effort. If there was a cure, it would probably be worth doing more often. However, there are still plenty of reasons to test (e.g., a child who isn’t getting better, a child with an underlying immune problem, a newborn with fever). In the last few...

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HOW TO TELL IF YOUR KID HAS A LAZY EYE

A lazy eye can be an easy diagnosis to spot. Most of the time, when I walk into an exam room, I detect if a child has a lazy eye even before I sit down. I make eye contact with the child when I walk into the room, the child looks at me, and I notice that the eyes don’t track correctly. The surprising thing to me is how often parents are surprised when I bring it up. So what is a lazy eye? The medical term for lazy eye is amblyopia. By definition, amblyopia is an eye condition...

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DOES YOUR KID SUFFER FROM MOTION/CAR SICKNESS?

Today was a typical Spring Saturday, filled with a ton of errands and ball games, which meant lots of time spent in the car. With all the driving, I wasn’t surprised to hear from my daughter, “mom my tummy doesn’t feel good,” as she often suffers from car sickness. So what can you do? The short answer is very little. There isn’t a magic pill or trick that makes it all better. Here are a few tips that can help though. Have your affected child sit as close to the front as possible and by a window (my 5...

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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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