Month: July 2016

FIREWORKS SAFETY OR HOW NOT TO BLOW YOURSELF UP

I have a love, hate relationship with the 4th of July. I love what the holiday celebrates in terms of our Nation’s freedom. I love the parties, the BBQs, swimming, and big city firework shows. I hate the home fireworks. It probably stems from years covering in the Emergency Room and taking care of tragic firework “accidents.” But the whole experience causes me serious anxiety. As parents, we are so careful to keep kids away from matches all year, then one day a year we give them lighters and let them ignite unpredictable explosives two inches from their faces,...

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THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT SUICIDE

I’ve chosen not to address a facebook question today because of a pressing issue that has come to my attention this week. I had a parent approach me with a question. One of the child’s friends had just committed suicide. The question was, “How do I talk about suicide without introducing the idea into my own child’s mind?” Don’t be afraid to talk, you won’t plant the idea of suicide. The short answer to that parent’s question is to just talk. Don’t be afraid to discuss suicide—all aspects. People are always surprised to find out that the scientific evidence...

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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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