Month: August 2016

WHAT YOUR KIDS’ HANDS SAY ABOUT THEM

You may be surprised what your hands say about you to a doctor. I’m not talking about hand gestures, but good ole’ fashion looks. In a matter of 3 seconds, a doctor will make judgments about your hygiene habits, nutritional status, and overall health. Here’s a few of the things I’m looking for when I look at a kid’s hands: Hygiene Generally speaking, people try to “clean up” and be presentable when they go to the doctor. Clean hands and nails tell me that the child (and/or the parents) have reasonable hygiene habits. If the kid’s hands and nails...

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THE HIDDEN TEACHING THAT HAPPENS DURING PLAYTIME

New research shows that you can improve the quality of your play with your kids by doing a few simple things: Don’t ask questions (during play). This may go against your parenting instinct. In the adult world, asking questions is how you engage in conversation. Kids however, work differently. They are already engaged in play and may be less inclined to answer questions. A better approach would be to describe what you think is happening. For example, if you are playing blocks together you might say, “it looks like you are building a tower.” The child will likely then...

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IS IT DAYDREAMING OR SEIZURES?

I had a child recently come in for an ADHD evaluation who was actually having seizures. The parents thought that their child was just not focusing in class and having trouble paying attention. The teacher thought the child was always “daydreaming.” In fact, the poor child was actually having dozens of seizures a day. This child’s story is not that uncommon. This special kind of seizure disorder is called absence seizures. What is an absence seizure? An absence seizure is an abnormal brain activity. Absence seizures are different that typical seizures because they don’t present with classic shaking. Instead,...

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A NEW TWIST ON TIME OUT

I recently attended a continuing medical conference with hundreds of other pediatricians. At the conference, a behavioral psychologist presented a new twist on an old topic that I thought was worth sharing. I’ve always been taught (and taught parents) the rule of “one minute per year” for timeout, e.g., if a child is 2 years-old, then they stay in time out for 2 minutes. Now I’ve always used the minutes of time as a general guideline and told parents to go in and retrieve the misbehaving child as soon as the child was in control of themselves. The new...

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WARTS: DO YOUR KIDS HAVE THEM?

Warts are completely harmless and completely irritating to parents. Why some kids are plagued by them and others are not is the great mystery. Roughly 10-20% of kids get warts. They are practically an everyday occurrence in my practice. Warts are little bumps on the skin with a rough appearance to the skin. What Causes Warts? Warts are caused by a virus, typically from the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the same family that the Gardasil (or cervical cancer) shot is in–which incidentally helps protect against genital...

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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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