Month: September 2016

ROSEOLA: THE COMMON FEVER THEN RASH ILLNESS

Roseola is practically a rite of passage in early childhood. It seems like one of those bugs that everyone gets, so it’s worth knowing what to do…might save you a trip to the doctor. So here’s the scoop: What is Roseola? Roseola, also called sixth disease (back in the day when diseases got numbered) or Roseola Infantum is an illness characterized by fever then rash. It is usually caused by the Human Herpes virus 6, but can be caused by the Human Herpes virus 7. Now don’t freak out when you hear herpes, it’s not the same strain that causes...

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CAPILLARY HEMANGIOMAS: THE SCARY LOOKING RED SPOTS ON YOUR BABY

Thanks to my cute patient’s parents who let me snap a pic of their baby’s arm to show an example of this red spot. These common little red spots are called capillary hemangiomas. Capillary hemangiomas (sometimes called infantile hemangiomas) are benign vascular malformations. They are essentially birthmarks, or areas of the skin, that develop too many little blood vessels. They are funny little birthmarks, because they may not be noticeable in the first few weeks of life. Then they start to grow. And grow they do. They often grow faster than the child (which is entirely alarming to parents)....

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IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA: THE MOST COMMON ANEMIA

Anemia happens when a person has low levels of red blood cells. Iron deficiency is the most common type of anemia (according to the American Society of Hematology). Iron is a mineral that the body needs to make a protein called hemoglobin. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen to all the parts of the body. When you don’t have enough hemoglobin, the body tissues don’t get all the oxygen they need. Causes of iron deficiency anemia: Not taking in enough iron in the diet. Foods like red meats, eggs, and some leafy green veggies are high in...

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DOES YOUR TOT TALK? LOOK FOR SPEECH DELAYS.

Speech delay is a topic that is on my mind constantly. My own 21 month-old is hardly talking and it is causing her mother great stress. Even pediatricians have kids with issues. Despite knowing what to do (and implementing it), my daughter is making slow progress. Her problem isn’t unusual. Every day in clinic I see at least one child with speech problems. It is one of the most common problems I see. Usually the parents know in their heart that there are problems, but sometimes they didn’t realize that how their child is speaking is not developmentally appropriate....

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APPENDICITIS: THE STOMACHACHE TO WORRY ABOUT

Kids complain of stomachaches often. This happens because just about every medical problem can have some symptom manifestation in the abdomen (e.g., strep throat and migraines often present with abdominal pain). Whenever I hear the complaint of “stomachache” (which in kid terms doesn’t necessarily mean the stomach, but rather the whole abdomen typically), I have an endless list of possible diagnosis. I want to address one, key diagnosis that you (and your doctor) don’t want to ever miss: appendicitis. What is appendicitis? The appendix is a little 3.5” outpouching off the large intestine. If the appendix gets blocked (usually by...

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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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