Month: September 2016

HOW TO REDUCE MEDICATION MISTAKES

I don’t give my children medication very often. In general, I think medications are over prescribed and kids are often over medicated. Ironically enough, two of my children ended up getting medication tonight before bed. My oldest got an over-the-counter medication where I just used the measuring/dosing cup that came with the product. My baby, got an antibiotic that I used a syringe to dose. After putting them to bed, I pulled out my copy of the September 2016 Pediatrics journal. Wouldn’t you know it, there’s an article about medication dosing errors: “Liquid Medication Errors and Dosing Tools: A Randomized...

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BABY TEETH: WHEN TO BRUSH AND WHAT TOOTHPASTE

Today’s answered questions are all about baby teeth. There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding when and what to do with those baby teeth. Here’s the quick scoop: When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth? The short answer is when they have broken through the gum line. Now I don’t personally get too worked up about the tiny little single tooth that is just barely starting to protrude through the gums. I am much more formal about my twice daily brushing with my kiddos once there is a row of teeth. For some kids that’s as...

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HEMATURIA: BLOOD IN THE URINE

In follow up to my last post, I thought I’d stick with pee problems. If you’ve ever seen blood in your child’s urine, then you know how alarming that can be. The medical term for blood in the urine is hematuria, and it is not normal. While blood goes into the kidney, only urine comes out. The kidney has a very complex little filter system that prevents it from happening. When blood is in the urine, something has gone wrong. What causes hematuria in kids? There are over 100 different causes of hematuria. Sometimes, no cause is ever determined....

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URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS: DECODING PEE PROBLEMS

Figuring out what pee problems to worry about and what ones aren’t worthy of an office visit can be tricky for a parent. Every day in clinic I’m addressing urinary problems in kids. My own 5 year-old daughter has had two urinary tract infections in the past two years, but I have tested her urine probably 6 or 8 times. The risk of missing something is too great to ignore symptoms. Here’s the scoop on urine infections. What is a Urinary Tract Infection? A urinary tract infection (abbreviated UTI in medicine and not be confused with URI which is...

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ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS: WHY DOES MY CHILD’S NECK LOOK DIRTY?

(Photo source: emedicine.medscape.com) Have you taken a look at the back of your child’s neck recently? If you have noticed that it looks a little like it’s dirty, you’ve got a problem. The medical term for it is acanthosis nigricans. In keeping with my theme of diabetes this week, I decided to address this physical finding that can be seen in type 2 diabetes. While the physical sign doesn’t guarantee your child has type 2 diabetes, it is seen more commonly in type 2 diabetes, obese children, and children with underlying metabolic syndrome. What is Acanthosis Nigricans? Acanthosis nigricans is...

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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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