Month: July 2016

QUICK TIP: HOW TO STOP YOUR CHILD FROM TAKING OFF HIS OR HER DIAPER

I came home late from work last night and my baby was in her crib crying. My husband had put her to bed and was working on getting the next child down. Her cries sounded different than usual, so I decided to go in and check. I found her standing buck naked in her crib (diaper and pajamas thrown out of the crib) in a puddle of pee. I now have first-hand experience with a common complaint, the kid who takes off the diaper. My simple solution is the same answer for the kids who picks their belly buttons,...

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QUICK TIP: HOW TO STOP YOUR CHILD FROM PICKING HIS OR HER BELLY BUTTON

Many toddlers pick at or play with their belly buttons. I have seen some pretty infected, inflamed, and irritated belly buttons over the years. The simple solution is to make the belly button inaccessible. Put the child back in onesies (yes, you can buy 3T and 4T onesies online) for a while. I know it can be hot (especially certain times of the year in some locations), but it’s better than infected belly buttons. Have the child wear the onesie under his/her shirt. After a while (can be weeks to months), you’ll break the habit and you can stop...

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ADENOVIRUS: THIS VIRUS IS SUPER TRICKY

Adenovirus is going around. It’s a sneaky little virus (it can infect just about anywhere and happen anytime of the year). However, the sore throat, fever, pink-eye combo that happens most commonly in the summer is in full swing in our community now. The key to this little bug is prevention. Don’t get it in the first place. Wash your hands like crazy and make your kids do the same. Adenovirus causes all sorts of problems It can infect multiple organ systems, which makes it unique. There aren’t many viruses out there that can cause respiratory illness, GI illness (the vomit/diarrhea...

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QUICK TIP: WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHILD WHO CLIMBS OUT OF THE CRIB

Twice this week, I had parents tell me that their one year-olds were climbing out of the crib (even with the mattress at the lowest level). Both times the parents were resigned to feeling like they had to move the child to a toddler bed to prevent injury. I think a one year-old in a toddler bed is a terrible idea. Usually the child doesn’t have the age/maturity and verbal abilities to understand staying in the bed, and so, the child is up and out of the bed multiple times at night. You end up trading one problem for...

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PEDICULUS: AKA HEAD LICE. IT’S GOING AROUND.

I’ve gotten an unusual number of phone calls in the last few weeks about head lice, so it’s definitely going around our community. Random factoid: Did you know that 1 in every 10 kids at school acquires lice at some point? If you know Indiana Jones and his aversion for snakes, you’ll begin to understand my feelings towards lice. Blood, vomit, poop, wounds, pus, whatever, bring it on. It doesn’t phase me. Head lice, however, makes me instantly start itching. I can’t help it (I’ve scratched my scalp five times since starting this article). So in case your family...

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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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