Month: August 2016


Every parent has asked themselves at some point the magic question: Does my child have ADHD? It is impressively frustrating to have to ask your child a hundred times to do something. I know as a parent, I have often thought, “If I have to ask you one more time to …x, y, z… head is going to explode.” But there is a definite difference between kids who simply don’t listen and those who have true ADHD. What is ADHD? ADHD is attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder. There are essentially three types of ADHD: The kid who can’t focus and has...

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Is your kid a bleeder? It might be Von Willebrands disease. Von Willebrands is the most common bleeding disorder and yet very few people actually know about it. It is estimated that 1% of the population has it. (In medicine, that’s a huge number; that means 1 or 2 people in your neighborhood have it). As is the case with many disease names in medicine, this one is named for the doctor who discovered the condition, Dr. Erik von Willebrand. As an aside, if I ever discover a disease, I’m definitely not naming it after myself. I don’t ever...

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If your child is about to start kindergarten, it’s officially crunch time. We’re a couple of weeks from the start of school and it’s time to ensure you’re ready. Hopefully, you’ve been preparing daily for the last couple of years (diligently reading daily, working on letters, etc.). On the off-chance you’re a procrastinator, get cramming. Here are the essentials for you to try and teach your child before day one. Each item is listed in a progressive order of importance. At minimum, make sure to conquer the first item in each area, but the farther down the list you go, the...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott

I'm a pediatrician and a mom. 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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