Month: August 2016

HILARIOUS SHAPES STORY

The other day, I was seeing an adorable 3 year-old for his well-child check. As part of his visit, he had a vision screen. My medical assistant took him to the chart to see if he knew his shapes before questioning whether or not he could see them. As she pointed to the various shapes, he responded. To the circle, he replied, “circle.” To the house, he replied “house.” To the heart, he replied “boobies.” We all got a seriously good laugh. I love pediatrics! Some of the Products I Love BOOSTER SEATS: THE FACTS AND MY FAVES One...

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PDA: THE HOLE YOU’RE BORN WITH IN YOUR HEART

Did you know that essentially everyone is born with a hole in the heart? When people hear about “holes in the heart,” they instantly think of major heart problems. But I’m here to assuage some of the worry. One particular hole, called the Patent Ductus Arteriosus (a.k.a., PDA) is a life-saving necessity in utero. The thing that changes the hole from being normal to abnormal is when and if it closes. Quick anatomy background You’ll probably remember from high school biology, the basics about blood flow. Blood (with little oxygen) comes from the body to the heart. The heart pumps...

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BABIES WITH FLAT HEADS

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t see a baby with a flat head. The medical term for it is plagiocephaly (we like these fancy terms, it makes us feel smart). The truth is that flat heads are really common ever since we started having infants sleep on their backs (which decreases the risk of SIDS). In an infant, the head is relatively big and the skull isn’t fused (there are floating plates that make up the skull allowing for the head to mold as it is birthed out a small hole). When infants lay flat...

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WHY WON’T MY KID EAT BRUSSEL SPROUTS?

I was off of work today and decided to go all out for dinner tonight. I made melt in your mouth ribs, whole grain wheat bread, roasted red potatoes, pineapple, and brussel sprouts. While my 9 year-old was stoked about what was for dinner, my 5 year-old was not. She proceeded to give me the million reasons why she didn’t need to eat her brussel sprouts (in particular), including: “I remember trying them when I was 4 and didn’t like them.” I mentally rolled my eyes and thought “serenity now.” Why can’t my kid just eat without a debate?...

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3 SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY BE AUTISTIC

Have you ever wondered if your child is autistic? Autism, or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), is a group of brain-based disabilities that affect a child’s social interactions, communication skills, and behavior. Kids who are autistic classically have developmental problems in one of those 3 areas. Take a look at the list below to see if your child shows signs that are concerning. The 3 Problem Areas Social interactions Trouble with non verbal interactions (e.g., make poor eye contact) Struggle to make friends their own age (or even interact appropriately with peers) Lack empathy Not interested in sharing interests or enjoyment...

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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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